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Sunday, June 30, 2013

About 2 months ago, I found out I am hypothyroid (under-active thyroid). It is very frustrating, and I've spent these weeks trying to figure out what medication & what doctor I should use. A lot of people including some doctors don't know much about thyroid issues. So, I am working on that.

Some people gain weight and blame it on their under-active thyroid, but I honestly don't think that's one of my symptoms. When I eat well & exercise, I lose weight pretty easily. (Some people with under-active thyroid, eat perfectly, exercise every day, and never lose a lb) But I do *gain* weight pretty quickly. I don't know. My main symptoms are fatigue and "brain fog" (unable to concentrate/forget things/feel "ditzy"). So I guess, because the underactive thyroid makes me tired, that makes me less likely to exercise, and maybe it is affecting my metabolism after all. I always thought my metabolism pretty much disintegrated at 21 years old, but maybe it was my thyroid. Also, apparently *tons* of people are hypothyroid (and don't know it) because of all the crap in our food supply & all the fluoride in our water supply and all the chloride in our pools. Ugh. It's been hurting my head researching all this.

I'm looking for a new doctor...I'm on a natural desiccated thyroid medicine (Armour) because it's supposed to work way better than synthetic (Synthroid). But, I have no idea how long it will take to be optimal.

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  • KAREN_01
    Have you ever heard of Mary Shomon? She is a Thyroid Patient Advocate and Author.
    She also has a Facebook page and Articles on About dot com. You will find a lot of helpful information if you google her.
    All the best!!
    2690 days ago
  • JO_GEE
    Hey EYES_ON_THEPRAZ, I've heard a lot of bad things about Synthroid. I was only on a very very low dose of it for 5 days before I switched to Armour, so I can't really comment on it. I found www.stopthethyroidmadness.com the day I was "diagnosed" and it's really helped me, there's a lot of information about the natural medication on there if you're interested.
    2696 days ago
    I've been diagnosed Hypothyroid for a few years now. It doesn't stop being frustrating... at least for me! I have gained back about 15 of the 35 lbs I had lost before diagnosis. I am on generic Synthroid. Maybe I need to talk to my doc about the natural one. I am a notoriously SLOW loser but I thought maybe with the medicine it would get a *little* easier. But it hasn't, obviously :-( I also don't feel a TON different, despite being on it for about 2 years now... probably because I've been on 4 different doses over that time. This last dosage has leveled me out so I'll probably stay here for awhile. I guess I feel a little less foggy. I was bummed at basically having to take a pill every day for the rest of my life, on top of regular blood draws. But really, there are way worse conditions to have, I guess I shouldn't complain.
    There is a Spark team for hypothyroids.
    2698 days ago
  • KJACOBS1111
    61inchgal, the eyebrow loss in the outer third of the brow is a common thyroid symptom, but it is also symptom of other vitamin deficiency, not just vitamin D, but A, E, iron etc...essentially boils down to nutritional deficiency. Jo_Gee, my mom started the same meds a few months ago and has dropped about 40 pounds and isn't even exercising yet. Made me wonder if I should get checked since it has been several years since my levels were checked. I don't know if it runs in families or not.
    2707 days ago
    I've been also wondering about the hypothyroid although my symptoms are more like 61inchgal's symptoms. No Vitamin D and just a host of other symptoms which I think may be due to menopause, yikes! I do hope you get to the bottom of your symptoms and get the right medication that works best for you. emoticon
    2708 days ago
  • no profile photo CD14044632
    Wondering the same thing lately - I have recently lost my eyebrows in addition to much of my hair, but last blood test was negative for thyroid issues.

    Severe lack of Vit D though as I never go in the sun. Boo !

    Get well.
    2708 days ago
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