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Hashimoto's Patients: Thyroid Hormone Resistance?


So, here's what's going on with me. I've tried synthetic and desicated thyroid meds. The best I've felt is what I'm on now, which is 1 gram of armour (38 mcg t4, 9 mcg t3) and an additional 7.5 mcg of a "bio-identical" compounded t3. My bod is not seeming to convert t4 in to t3, and if I take any more meds, at this point, I become hyperthyroid, which is miserable to me. Even though my t4 is at 1.6, and my t3 is about 345, my tsh is still over 3.5. I don't feel as awful as I did before, but I have a very hard time losing weight, my energy is low, and really keeps getting worse and worse, my hair continues to fall out, but then it grows back, I have vertical lines in my nails, as if they're breaking down the middle, and the water retention is extremely uncomfortable. Any thoughts? Is it thyroid hormone resistance? If so, what can I do for this? Do you think it's my pituitary? I'm currently waiting to see another doctor, but mine seems like he's dragging his feet and giving me the run around.
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Have you been tested for celiac disease? It's a leading cause of thyroid disease. I had all the symptoms of hypothyroidism even though my levels were normal (after being on meds) and it turned out to be celiac disease. The symptoms overlap so a lot of times doctors don't go the extra step to test you for it. They just assume that it's a result of your thyroid disease. I started eating the gluten free diet and after a couple of months, my symptoms had gone away and my thyroid levels went back to normal on their own. All those symptoms you mentioned are known symptoms of celiac disease. A lot of doctors only think of it if you have weight loss and diarrhea, but many many patients don't have either (I never did). Try a gluten free diet for awhile to see if your symptoms ease up.

http://thyroid.about.com/cs/latestresearch/a/celiac.htm
http://www.csaceliacs.org/celiac_symptoms.php
http://www.celiac.com/articles/1106/1/Celiac-Disease-Symptoms/Page1.html  (+ info)

Are there any turner syndrome adult women out there that have issues with hormone replacement and hair loss? ?


My daughter is 22 and is losing her hair. We think it has to do with turners and hormones. Her thyroid is fine, with medication. I would really like to chat with an adult turner syndrome women.
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my daughter is 12yr old and has TS. she's got some hair loss. she has 1 patch about 5cms by 3cms and another 1cm round patch. She's been diagnosed with alopicia areata. She saw a dermatologist 3 weeks ago and has started on a steroid lotion to see if it helps.
Hair loss is a bit more common in women with TS although still it does not happen too often and is very rare in children with TS. With my daughter they are thinking it's her immune system attacking the hair follicles.
My daughters thyroid function is fine, it always has been she takes no medication for that. She started estrogen treatment about 8 months ago, oxandralone aged 8yrs and growth hormone aged 4 years. The alopicia started about 2 yrs ago but the hair grew back after 6 months, then about 1 yr ago came back in the same place but got bigger and showed no signs of coming back.
Luckily she has really thick hair so the patches are not seen, she can't have her hair in 2 pony tails or french braids though as it can be seen then. but down or 1 pony tail and it's not seen..She had a blood test done with her last yearly blood tests to see if there was any reason for the loss but all tests came back normal. I guess we will just have to wait and see if the hair comes back or not  (+ info)

What does SHBG stand for in regard to thyroid resistance?


My endocrinologist states that I have pituitary insufficiency since I do not produce growth hormone anymore and take Norditropin injections daily. She has ordered a Reverse T3 blood test.
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SHBG stands for Sex Hormone Binding Globulin

Hope this helps! ;)  (+ info)

What effect do antacids have on thyroid hormone pills?


I heard there was a problem taking them at the same time... this is difficult, as I get a lot of indigestion, when low thyroid, you make too much acid which causes indigestion! So I take my thyroid pills before breakfast, then eat breakfast, then have bad indigestion.

If I take antacid, will it stop the thyroid hormone working correctly?
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I have over-active thyroid. I take my medication on an empty stomach right when I get up in the morning before I take my shower. My pharmacist told me to take it on an empty stomach. Then I eat breakfast just like you. I get heartburn quite often, too, and I always have Tums around. Taking Tums and being on thyroid meds has never bothered me. I've never taken them at the exact same time though.  (+ info)

What is the best diet and workouts for Insulin Resistance Syndrome?


I was diagnosed with Insulin Resistance Syndrome when I was younger and have put off doing anything about but now I would like to get healthy (seeing as Im still young) and fix my problems. Does anyone know a good diet and exercise regimen to follow and No it is not the same as being a diabetic. Serious answers only. I really appreciate this!
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Atkins or other low-carb lifestyle.  (+ info)

What hormone does your Thyroid glands produce?


I know that the difficiency called Goiter enlarges the thyroid gland due to an iodine diffiency. The gland uses iodine to produce this hormone but what is the hormone and what is it used for. Thanks
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The thyroid is very tricky gland. There is a hormone in every single cell in your body and the thyroid is responsible for making sure its where its supposed to be-it keeps the body in a state of homeostatsis and when its off-all hell breaks loose. A goiter is caused when a the gland overproduces or a cyst gets attached to the gland or a tumor also-The hormones help regulate everything from youyr heart to your digestive system to your metabolism-its not just one thing like most beleive-Hyperthyroid is when the gland does NOT produce enough and hypothyroid is when the gland is over producing-medication can usually bring the thyroid back to normal but its mostly a lifetime disease with no cure. Hope this helped-from a hyperthyroid person.  (+ info)

I am trying to get pregnant so I am taking tests. What is hormone thyroid and is is dangerous?


My doc said my hormone thyroid is a little higher than it should be and she might have to put me on hormone pill before and during my whole pregnancy. Have anyone had this happen to them and what's the best way to get rid of it?
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How does eating yogurt affect thyroid hormone levels?


I've been taking levothyroxine for several years now. In January, my doctor decided to increase my dosage from 0.25 mcg to 0.5 mcg. On Saturday, April 21st, I began eating a cup of yogurt, Dannon's Activia brand, a day. This past Friday afternoon, I started feeling hot, and my stomach felt unsettled. I also remember being hungrier than usual between my midmorning snack of yogurt and lunchtime that day. Could eating the yogurt in combination with taking the 0.5 mcg of levothyroxine cause these symptoms? I've read that yogurt contains iodine, which can increase thyroid hormone production. I haven't taken another levothyroxine tablet since that morning and would like to start back in case my thyroid levels become too low before my appointment on May 15th to have my blood checked. I have not had the symptoms again since Friday. Any help you could give would be greatly appreciated!
Sorry I wasn't clearer on this point, but if eating foods containing iodine, like yogurt, can boost my thyroid hormone without me having to take the levothyroxine, I would much prefer that.
As of this morning, I've begun taking the levothyroxine. I called my doctor's office yesterday about the missed doses, and the person I talked with said I should be fine going into May 15th if I started back on it today. I guess time will tell if the symptoms recur. As for salt, I rarely add salt to my food. The only foods I salt are rice, grits, and eggs, and I don't eat these foods very often.
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Iodine deficiency is rare because of iodized salt. Tell your doctor your change in diet, maybe you fit into this rare group. Do not go off you medication without consulting your doctor. I think seafood and iodized salt maybe better sources of iodine for you.

Iodine is a trace element found mostly in soil. In a perfect world, crops absorb iodine through their root systems, and humans and livestock take in iodine through the foods they eat. In vast regions of the world... arable land doesn't contain enough of this essential element, and crops and livestock in these areas are therefore deficient in iodine.

Iodized salt -- table salt with iodine added -- is the main food source of iodine. Seafood is naturally rich in iodine. Cod, sea bass, haddock, and perch are good sources. Kelp is the most common vegetable seafood that is a rich source of iodine. Dairy products and plants grown in soil that is rich in iodine are ... good sources.  (+ info)

what are the symtoms of thyroid disorder or a hormone imbalance?


i am 28 & i'm having some very weird symtoms.i sweat while i'm freezing (increaced perspiration),my periods last 2 days.i've been trying to have a baby,we've been trying for 3 yrs.could this be a hormone imbalance at my age,or could it be thyroid disorder,or stress and nerves.
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There's an excellent list of hypothyroid symptom on the website page I give below. Check it out and see if anything applies to you. Increased perspiration is also a symptom of low aldosterone--if you also crave salt more than normal, that's another symptom of the latter. And if you do, you might have adrenal fatigue. Check the second link below. And good luck on getting pregnant!!  (+ info)

I have Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome and underactive thyroid, can I still get pregnant?


I have Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome and underactive thyroid will this affect my chances of becoming pregnant.
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The polycystic ovaries will be the problem but my ex got pregnant pretty quickly because she thought as you did she could not ovulate. WRONG! Anyway anything is possible. Just may be a little more difficult with polycystic ovaries. But not impossible.  (+ info)

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