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Old 08-01-2009, 10:06 PM   #1
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how you felt when you first started thyroxine..

Okay, like ready2live, I felt really good for the first 2 days on synthroid. For the last day or two I have had some not so nice bowel troubles. At first I thought maybe I just have a tummy bug and it's unrelated, but now I'm wondering if it's from the synthroid. I have started to swing into an inflammatory phase again (the strangling feeling). Usually I'm constipated, but now my gut is totally unhappy and I'm getting stomach cramps and urgency and I feel dizzy. Not diarrhea, but not solid either (sorry, TMI). My doctor said if I started to feel squirrely then to stop taking the synthroid and make an appointment with him. I'm just not sure if I may be sick or I'm starting to feel "hyper" or I'm medicated in a hyper swing. Any thoughts? I am so not feeling good right now.

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Old 08-02-2009, 08:01 AM   #2
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Re: how you felt when you first started thyroxine..

Three things come to mind:

You might need to start with a smaller dose (how much are you on now?) and more slowly raise it. It's also possible you might get through this as you adjust to the meds but I wouldn't put up with this for too long.

You might not be able to tolerate synthetic T4 and should consider a switch to natural thyroid hormones. Not all docs will prescribe but yours might if you can't seem to adjust.

And, what I think might be more likely, you might have adrenal fatigue and now you are "pooling" thyroid hormones and they are causing these symptoms because you don't have enough cortisol to carry the T3 into the cells.

Do a search on adrenal fatigue and see if it fits. It's very common for hypos to have this since our adrenals had to do double duty for a long time to make up for the lack of thyroid in the system. They can just get pooped as a result. You'd need a saliva cortisol test to really rule it out. Again, many mainstream docs don't believe in it and will poo-poo it. But there are literally thousands of thyroid patients who have the same problems and have effectively treated their adrenals and can now tolerate their hormones and get well.

Old 08-02-2009, 08:34 AM   #3
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Re: how you felt when you first started thyroxine..

that totally makes sense, thank you. I will definitely check into the adrenal fatigue thing. I'm pretty sure I've been dealing with subclinical hypothyroidism even before I got pregnant and was diagnosed with Hashimoto's, so that's been over 5 years. Thanks so much for the response, you really are a wealth of knowledge, Mcaimless!

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