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    Old 04-10-2013, 12:30 PM   #1
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    Planning to Stop taking Thyroid Medicine

    I was diagnosed with Hypothyroidism 3 months ago. I come from a healthy family, stable and we pretty ate food that was locally grown, home made. We moved to US 4 years back and obviously our food habits had to change.
    Last year I started developing thyroid symptoms, but ignored thinking it was climate changes and body is trying to adjust to this country. I visited a doctor early this year and she did lab test and confirmed that I was Hypothyroid. Here are the results.

    My Levels - 01/27/2013
    TSH(3rd generation) - 7.42 (High)
    T3 Free - 2.9 (Normal)
    T4 Free - 1.0 (Normal)

    She put me on Levothyroxine (25 MCG) for 2 months. Though I knew that Thyroid medication once started had to be taken all life, I started taking it because I didn't want to risk my health(as am planning to get pregnant). I did a lot of research on internet, and put out a diet for myself with high protein (home made sprouts) because hormones are all about protein, organic vegetables and ate unprocessed, uncooked, unrefined food as much as possible and also took the medicine.
    I strongly believe that nature has the ability to cure any conditions taken it correctly.
    I lost about 15 pounds in 3 months and also when I visited my doctor after 2 months she did a thyroid test again and here are my results.

    04/06/2013
    TSH 3rd(Generation) - 2.86 (Stable)

    Now that its been just 2 months I was on medicine, I would like to stop taking thyroid medicine slowly. Because I guess the more medicine I eat, the more time I am gonna take to get away from it or probably will never be able to get away.
    Right now I am taking 25 MCG levothyroxine every morning, I would like to cut it down to alternate day very soon and eventually after 3-4 months would like to stop taking this medicine. I will still continue to eat organic food, uncooked, unprocessed and all home made stuff (except where situations I don't have an option) and of course keeping positive spirit . I am thinking of planning for a baby end of this year.

    Please advise if my thinking is incorrect or if there are any risks associated if I take this way.

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    Old 04-10-2013, 07:15 PM   #2
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    Re: Planning to Stop taking Thyroid Medicine

    Hi Shona and welcome,

    In so many ways you are right, the body has an amazing capacity to heal itself of many things if we treat it well and absorb the nutrients in our diet, exercise sleep well de-stress etc
    However there are also a lot of illnesses and auto immune diseases the body cannot cure, sometimes things go wrong and outside intervention is necessary, no matter the lifestyle. I have no doubt that at some stage in your life you have had to take an antibiotic or medication to assist your body fight an illness and you had to finish the course to cure the infection. This is a similar situation especially if your hypothyroidism is caused by hashimotos, which is an autoimmune disease. You cannot 'cure' auto immune disease but you can assist your body's reaction to the inflammation, symptoms and reactions with medication and a healthy lifestyle as you are currently doing.

    I do not know if you have hashi's of course and neither do I know if hypothyroidism can be 'cured' but stopping your meds will most likely bring a return of your symptoms and put you back to square one.

    You are on a very low dose, so low in fact it is hardly therapeutic so to have achieved results as well as you have is good. However, people without thyroid issues have a TSH of 1, yours is currently 2.86 which while in range is actually still high for someone on meds for this.
    Have you had your free T4 and FT3 checked? These are the gold standard for knowing when you have reached a stable level and should be around 60-80% of your lab range. (For future postings you should put the lab range beside your results as they differ from lab to lab)

    I would never recommend someone stop their meds because they feel better, it stands to reason you feel improvements because of your meds! Also, never stop without your doctors agreement, should you do so then I would at least advise that you attend a great naturopath who can assist you and check your levels regularly especially if it is auto immune because this will be a continual journey and the thyroid affects all hormones as does your cortisol (mother hormone) when these go out of whack it can and does affect the female hormones and cycle and in turn causes fertility issues.

    I went into early menopause at 38 because of my thyroid/adrenal fatigue, after just a few months this was totally reversed as per my hormone levels on my labs and also my meno symptoms disappeared. They came back when I reduced my meds. I am now on natural dessicated thyroid and my female hormone panel is looking great again.

    Given you are hoping to fall pregnant at the end of the year I would seriously consider your decisions with regard to stopping your meds. And seek professional advice from a reputable thyroid doctor. I am not trying to scare you by suggesting you could have problems getting pregnant but just alerting you to the fact that thyroid problems can and do affect fertility, if you read up on this you will also see it is very common.

    Did you have your anti bodies tested to rule out auto immune?
    Did you have your iodine levels checked, the change of country, diet, water etc may have affected this.

    Read up on thyroid causes and treatments and find out as much as you can before making any major decisions, forewarned is forearmed and you can be your own best advocate! All the best and best wishes.

     
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    Old 04-11-2013, 04:07 AM   #3
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    Re: Stop taking Thyroid Medicine

    You mention "Thyroid medicine" just so you feel at ease, it's not really a medication, it's replacement hormone of what your body isn't making, so you shouldn't feel you are becoming dependent on a medication.

     
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    Old 04-11-2013, 08:01 AM   #4
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    Thank you @Surfing4answers. Thank you very much for throwing more light on this subject. It was really helpful.
    I seriously doubt if I have hashimotos. I remember when I was young I rarely took medicines to heal my wounds and they always healed by themselves.
    I will try to find a nature cure specialist and take his/her advice. I am still leaning towards the options of getting away from Levothyroxine.

    Thanks again!

     
    Old 04-11-2013, 01:32 PM   #5
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    Re: Stop taking Thyroid Medicine

    Hi,
    I wasn't really referring to cuts and bruises, I was talking about things like an ear infection, or other such thing.
    Knowing as opposed to seriously doubting would be a much better idea before you quit your meds and it is a simple blood test. Ask your doc for an antibodies test to rule it out before giving up. If it is hashimotos I would not even consider going off them, read up on it, there is no cure and while it started out mild it gets considerably worse if left untreated. If it isn't then as you are strongly leaning towards stopping, I am glad you will do it with the help of a professional.

    Good luck!

     
    Old 05-11-2014, 02:09 PM   #6
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    Re: Stop taking Thyroid Medicine

    If you want to get pregnant, you shold follow your doctor's advice. An underactive thyroid is a big cause of miscarriage.

     
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