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Re: hypothyroid

Posted by foodie on November 2, 2003, at 15:47:46

In reply to Re: hypothyroid katia, posted by BarbaraCat on November 1, 2003, at 16:35:45

To Barbara, Kaia & and fluffy:

I too am attempting to get off effexor only because I want to see if I am finally normal, my blood pressure is too high and I would like to stop taking the micardis. I am also hypothyroid and take 2 grains of Armour daily. Barbara, I was wondering if you know if the L-Tyrosine is harmful to the liver. My liver enzymes are way too high and I do not know if it from the wine I love or other meds. Any thoughts? Thanks to all.

 

Re: hypothyroid foodie

Posted by katia on November 2, 2003, at 16:00:15

In reply to Re: hypothyroid, posted by foodie on November 2, 2003, at 15:47:46

Hi Foodie,
What were your symptoms for hypothyroid? And when were you diagnosed?
katia

 

Re: hypothyroid foodie

Posted by BarbaraCat on November 2, 2003, at 16:00:44

In reply to Re: hypothyroid, posted by foodie on November 2, 2003, at 15:47:46

>>I was wondering if you know if the L-Tyrosine is harmful to the liver. My liver enzymes are way too high and I do not know if it from the wine I love or other meds. Any thoughts?

**Good question. I don't know how it affects the liver. If you find out please let us know. About wine, well, you know. It's not helping your depression or your liver. Makes you feel better in the short run but not the long.

 

Re: Way to go!

Posted by otter on November 2, 2003, at 16:14:04

In reply to Re: Way to go!, posted by Dalilah on November 2, 2003, at 15:12:55

Dalilah- Thanks for the feedback. I think the form will really help!

Otter

 

Re: hypothyroid

Posted by foodie on November 2, 2003, at 17:10:08

In reply to Re: hypothyroid foodie, posted by katia on November 2, 2003, at 16:00:15

I was diagnosed approximately five years sgo. My tests always came back low normal but my body temp was consistently 97.2, debilitating fatigue, cold hands and feet, weight gain, hair loss. The fatigue was the worst. After going through doctors like kleenex i finally found one who looked beyond the tests and considered symptoms too. I am now with a DO and he is great. The downside is that even though I take the Armour daily (and don't let anyone tell you synthetic is just as good - WRONG - unreliable) I did not see a drop in the weight.

 

Re: hypothyroid

Posted by foodie on November 2, 2003, at 17:13:09

In reply to Re: hypothyroid foodie, posted by BarbaraCat on November 2, 2003, at 16:00:44

I know. But don't we always want to blame it on something else and not us? Shoot, Adam even tried to blame God because he ate the fruit Eve gave him ("it was the woman you gave me"). Thank you for the reminder.

 

Re: hypothyroid

Posted by katia on November 2, 2003, at 17:51:35

In reply to Re: hypothyroid, posted by foodie on November 2, 2003, at 17:10:08

Hi,
See these are two symptoms I don't have: hair loss and weight gain. I flucuate between 115-130 for the past 15 years. I'm at 130 now :-( but that's because I have been eating more and not exercising like I was. 115 is too low and I"m rarely there. So I cannot attribute my weight gain in the past year to hypothyroid; well maybe some of it. But because of my decrease in exercise and increase in eating. Not that I"m eating that much; but I've been working in a restaurant the past year and eating late and fatty rich foods.
However, I have the other symptoms: cold hands/feet/bum/nose (all my extremities - yes bum is extremely extremity), low body temp, low blood pressure (today it's 85/69), dry skin, FATIGUE; dizziness and grogginess/space case in the morning with puffy eyes and bags and COLD.
The more I talk about it and hear about it, the more I think I could benefit by trying armour. And is there danger in "just trying it" if I"m not hypothyroid? anyone know that?
Can a psychiatrist write an RX for that?
katia

 

Re: hypothyroid

Posted by cupcake on November 2, 2003, at 20:11:48

In reply to Re: hypothyroid, posted by katia on November 2, 2003, at 17:51:35

i've been reading the hypothyroid thread b/c i'm also hypothyroid (and new here!). i've been taking synthroid for about 2 years now. i'm also taking effexor xr for depression, and my p-doc just had me start trying a low dosage of strattera as well (for inattentiveness, difficulty concentrating).

tomorrow i'm getting a blood test at my endocrinologist's b/c i feel like i need to change something about the synthroid--either increase the dosage or change to another med. i've gained about 35 pounds over the last year (which is a huge weight gain for me), my hair's been thinning, i have been feeling really tired and out of it, and i have a hard time thinking clearly sometimes - like there's oatmeal in my brain. so i have a feeling it's definitely the thyroid probs.

i'm going to see if he'll let me switch to armour. but will l-tyrosine have a negative interaction with my other meds (effexor, synthroid/hopefully now armour, strattera, glucophage) if i take it as an additional supplement?

right now for supplements i'm also taking:
omega 3-6-9 pill with borage, flax, and fish oils;
vitamin b complex;
vitamins a, c, and e antioxidant vitamin;
and a calcium/magnesium/folic acid/selenium supplement
(because i heard that people who are hypothyroid tend to be deficient in selenium and vitamin A and have trouble converting beta carotene to vitamin A)

whew, too many pills!

 

Re: hypothyroid katia

Posted by BarbaraCat on November 2, 2003, at 22:14:14

In reply to Re: hypothyroid, posted by katia on November 2, 2003, at 17:51:35

Katia,
Not everyone gains weight. You're probably running around alot in the restaurant and probably in your late 20's, early 30's so it's not a big problem yet (hah, just you wait). My hair never thinned. The main symptoms are tiredness and cold, those are 'required'. The others vary from person to person.

It wouldn't be a very good idea to 'just try it' with thyroid meds. If you get tested your results won't be accurate. You don't want to screw around with hormones because if it's not what you suspect you'll feel alot worse. Also, taking thyroid can shut your own functioning down so you gotta be careful.

I totally agree about the synthetic brands. I was taking twice as much just recently of a generic Synthroid and not feeling like I was getting it. I used to take Armour but my naturopath has me on Westhroid which is basically the same but she thinks its more consistent and bioavailable. To me, it doesn't feel as jaggy as the Armour. - Barbara


> See these are two symptoms I don't have: hair loss and weight gain. I flucuate between 115-130 for the past 15 years. I'm at 130 now :-( but that's because I have been eating more and not exercising like I was. 115 is too low and I"m rarely there. So I cannot attribute my weight gain in the past year to hypothyroid; well maybe some of it. But because of my decrease in exercise and increase in eating. Not that I"m eating that much; but I've been working in a restaurant the past year and eating late and fatty rich foods.
> However, I have the other symptoms: cold hands/feet/bum/nose (all my extremities - yes bum is extremely extremity), low body temp, low blood pressure (today it's 85/69), dry skin, FATIGUE; dizziness and grogginess/space case in the morning with puffy eyes and bags and COLD.
> The more I talk about it and hear about it, the more I think I could benefit by trying armour. And is there danger in "just trying it" if I"m not hypothyroid? anyone know that?
> Can a psychiatrist write an RX for that?
> katia

 

Re: hypothyroid cupcake

Posted by BarbaraCat on November 2, 2003, at 22:29:59

In reply to Re: hypothyroid, posted by cupcake on November 2, 2003, at 20:11:48

Hi Cupcake,
>
> i'm going to see if he'll let me switch to armour.

**Good luck. Most endos sneer at Armour or the other natural brands. In fact, its a rare mainistream doc who'll prescribe it, period. The old 'T4 converts to the active T3' is still the mantra out there but that's not true for alot of us. You might propose a 'trial, just to see'. The other thing he may do is prescribe Cytomel which is a synthetic T3. That's been successful for alot of people and seems to fly better in the mainstream medical world.

BTW, if you do get onto Armour or another natural brand, split the dose into morning and afternoon. Otherwise, the T3 spikes early and can cause hyper symptoms and then a letdown.

>>but will l-tyrosine have a negative interaction with my other meds (effexor, synthroid/hopefully now armour, strattera, glucophage) if i take it as an additional supplement?

**l-Tyrosine has an effect on dopamine synthesis but not hugely. DL-Phenylalanine is made from Tyrosine and has more of speedy effect. Not good for bipolars or anxious people and can raise blood pressure. I'd be more concerned taking it than tyrosine. You can try it and see how you feel. I don't use it every day cause it can feel agitating, but 1M every few days seems to do the trick.
>
> right now for supplements i'm also taking:
> omega 3-6-9 pill with borage, flax, and fish oils;
> vitamin b complex;
> vitamins a, c, and e antioxidant vitamin;
> and a calcium/magnesium/folic acid/selenium supplement
> (because i heard that people who are hypothyroid tend to be deficient in selenium and vitamin A and have trouble converting beta carotene to vitamin A)

**Good bunch of supplements. Thanks for the reminder about selenium. I'd forgotten about that.
>
> whew, too many pills!

**Ain't that the truth. Sometimes I wonder if I'm assimilating them. Lots of $$ to flush down the can.

Have you been to the About Thyroid website? It's fabulous. Everything you ever wanted to know about thyroid. Mary Shomon definitely leans towards the Armour camp. There's loads of very interesting articles too.

http://about.thyroid.com

Good luck and welcome to the Babble Buds. - Barbara

 

Re: hypothyroid BarbaraCat

Posted by katia on November 3, 2003, at 0:36:31

In reply to Re: hypothyroid katia, posted by BarbaraCat on November 2, 2003, at 22:14:14

If it's not good to just try the meds for it; then what other diagnostic tool do I have? The general thyroid test was normal. I've been taking my temp and blood pressure; so if there's a comprehensive test out there anyone know of one? Yes, I'm 33 yrs. old. I have to be careful about gaining weight. Even when I'm thin, I'm a fat person in a thin body if you know what I mean. I'm never happy with it and I'm always on the verge of losing it if I don't monitor it - like NOW! A lot of overweight people in my family.
katia

 

Re: hypothyroid BarbaraCat

Posted by katia on November 3, 2003, at 0:39:22

In reply to Re: hypothyroid cupcake, posted by BarbaraCat on November 2, 2003, at 22:29:59

Hey Barb,
I tried that website below and it didn't lead anywhere. Is it correct?

> http://about.thyroid.com
>
> Good luck and welcome to the Babble Buds. - Barbara
>
>

 

Re: hypothyroid katia

Posted by BarbaraCat on November 3, 2003, at 10:00:23

In reply to Re: hypothyroid BarbaraCat, posted by katia on November 3, 2003, at 0:39:22

Sorry 'bout that. Try this:

http://thyroid.about.com


> Hey Barb,
> I tried that website below and it didn't lead anywhere. Is it correct?
>
> > http://about.thyroid.com
> >
> > Good luck and welcome to the Babble Buds. - Barbara
> >
> >
>
>

 

Re: hypothyroid katia

Posted by BarbaraCat on November 3, 2003, at 10:08:35

In reply to Re: hypothyroid BarbaraCat, posted by katia on November 3, 2003, at 0:36:31

Do you have a doctor or other health person who could monitor this? Usually if a person has definite symptoms but the blood test is normal (do you know what your numbers were? sometimes the 'normal' TSH values are too high. they should be less than 2.0) then an enlightened doc will prescribe it. I read your post to mean that you would just take the meds on your own but maybe you meant to just do it with your doc (hmmmm, that almost sounds like getting on the table with your pdoc). The other thing is getting hold of the med. You can always get them over the internet but they're a whole lot cheaper at a drugstore with a script from your doc. Yeah, I'd say definitely do a trial.

Oh, oh, oh, I just remembered something!! I don't where I found this but I wrote this down in my notebook: Depakote can cause hypothyroid just as lithium does!! I'm going to do a Google search on thyroid+depakote and you might want to do the same.

> If it's not good to just try the meds for it; then what other diagnostic tool do I have? The general thyroid test was normal. I've been taking my temp and blood pressure; so if there's a comprehensive test out there anyone know of one? Yes, I'm 33 yrs. old. I have to be careful about gaining weight. Even when I'm thin, I'm a fat person in a thin body if you know what I mean. I'm never happy with it and I'm always on the verge of losing it if I don't monitor it - like NOW! A lot of overweight people in my family.
> katia
>

 

Re: hypothyroid

Posted by cupcake on November 3, 2003, at 10:41:40

In reply to Re: hypothyroid cupcake, posted by BarbaraCat on November 2, 2003, at 22:29:59

hi barbaracat -

thanks for the advice...

you wrote:
> **Good luck. Most endos sneer at Armour or the other >natural brands. In fact, its a rare mainistream doc who'll >prescribe it, period. The old 'T4 converts to the active T3' >is still the mantra out there but that's not true for alot of >us. You might propose a 'trial, just to see'. The other >thing he may do is prescribe Cytomel which is a synthetic >T3. That's been successful for alot of people and seems >to fly better in the mainstream medical world.

** i just came back from the endo dr. i pushed for armour and mentioned that my mom's been taking it and feels a bit better. he said that as a person who only prescribed armour for years, he was finally a convert to synthroid and believed it was the best preparation out there. i asked about its link with osteoporosis and he said that was only a risk if you were taking too high of a dose. ? sigh. he listened to me, but he also told me to keep up my efforts to improve diet and exercise (which is good) and not to overwhelm myself too much "extrapolating" about different symptoms and medications. grrrrr!

> Have you been to the About Thyroid website? It's >fabulous. Everything you ever wanted to know about >thyroid. Mary Shomon definitely leans towards the >Armour camp. There's loads of very interesting articles to
>o.

yes, i have, it's very informative!! thanks!

 

Re: Lamictal

Posted by TombLove on November 3, 2003, at 13:56:40

In reply to Re: Lamictal, posted by St. John on October 25, 2003, at 14:58:36

I am a paranoid schitzophrenic mulitple with depressive swings. I have been been on Stellazine for 30 years, Adderall for 8 and Celexa for the past year. I tapered off Stellazine and Adderall 6 mos ago and am on Celexa alone for the past 6 mos. I am doing fairly well.
My experience with Lamictal (added to Stella and Adderall) was a nightmare! I had rapid cycling, deep depression to euphoria and back again in a matter of minutes. I was on Lamictal for about a month before taking myself off. Soon there after I
I realized that I was PTSD and added Celexa which helped tremendously.
I hope Lamictal works for you but it's not for me.

 

Re: hypothyroid BarbaraCat

Posted by katia on November 3, 2003, at 15:01:22

In reply to Re: hypothyroid katia, posted by BarbaraCat on November 3, 2003, at 10:08:35

Hi Barb,
god you're organized! you have a little notebook for notes! how intelligent! I have lost bits of scraps of pieces of whatever that important info written on them in a haste. I think I'll get an "info notebook"!
thanks for the enthusiasm regarding researching dep. and hypothy. the thing about that is, I've felt this way for quite a while, not just since Depakote. But I do have to say, since the weather made an uprupt change from INTENSELY HOT to now FRIGID, i've gotten dizzy, foggy, and cold. The change in weather also coincided with the ending of Depakote - so not sure if this is depression or something else. I'm just BLAH and dizzy and exhausetd. I'd like to get a more comprehensive test done to see if I'm hypothyroid. Does the changing of weather affect hypthyroid , i.e. make it worse at times? I have an appt. with my GP on Thursday over something else (that something else was going on three months ago - it's just this is the first appt. I could get). I'm under the state's healthcare which absolutely sucks. So I doubt (with my TSH levels "normal") he will be ready to refer me to an expensive endocrinologist even if he wants to. My pdoc just doesn't respond to this. I bring it up and he just doesn't say anything. All he said last time was "if we start you on Lithium, then we may need to do something about it". as tho' he didn't HEAR me when I say "I think I'm hypothyroid". I don't know what he could do. He almost acts like he simply not his ballgame and I need to take it elsewhere.
I need to call him and address it further and more directly because he certainly isn't on the ball about it, nor is he good with proactively addressing things that don't fall under "psychiatry". it's so frustrating.
BTW, I don't know what my TSH levels are. I'll ask my pdoc.
thanks.
katia

 

Re: Lamictal side effects BarbaraCat

Posted by nmk on November 3, 2003, at 15:18:11

In reply to Re: Lamictal side effects fluffy, posted by BarbaraCat on October 31, 2003, at 19:31:09

Hi Barbara,

I have been remiss in writing but I think of you often. I had some down time at work today and was following this thread since I always like to hear what is going on with you and the girls. Hope I didn't intrude by sticking my nose in.

What really struck me about your post (the Buddha one) was that we do have to take it day by day or in my case, second by second. Life has dealt us a sh*tty hand but as you go through more and more down times, you eventually come to the realization that it won't last forever.

I am now up to 300mg of Lamictal and 50 mg of zoloft and still cycling every month before and/or during my period. My doc and I decided last month to decrease the zoloft to 25 mg to see if that would reduce the cycling. Unfortunately, it sent me into a severe depression which last throughout my period. Needless to say, I went back up to 50 mg of zoloft and am feeling better. I just don't know about the Lamictal...my pdoc says he has some patients on as much as 600 mg. Whatever. He also talked about another option (which I am not even considering at the moment) which is shutting down my ovaries, injecting myself with Lupron, and adding back estrogen. He stated that this would provide a steady level of estrogen in my body and would prevent me from my sensitivity to my flucuating hormones. I am reading anything and everything and driving myself crazy(so to speak) in the process.

Please write me and let me know how things are going with you. I miss you.

Nicole:)))

 

Re: hypothyroid katia

Posted by BarbaraCat on November 3, 2003, at 17:21:01

In reply to Re: hypothyroid BarbaraCat, posted by katia on November 3, 2003, at 15:01:22

> Hi Barb,
> god you're organized! you have a little notebook for notes! how intelligent! I have lost bits of scraps of pieces of whatever that important info written on them in a haste. I think I'll get an "info notebook"!

**A notebook is a great thing, when I can find it. Mine has a red cover for just that reason.

>> Does the changing of weather affect hypthyroid , i.e. make it worse at times?

**I definitely feel worse when the weather is cold and damp when my thyroid isn't corrected. The body has to work harder to keep warm and it just doesn't have the extra ooomph.

>>I'm under the state's healthcare which absolutely sucks.

**Yeah, my husband was on it recently and it was unbelievable how hard it was to find a doctor that accepted it. What he ended up doing was to call a few hospitals and ask the recommendations dept who was a new doctor in the area. They usually accept it to build their practice.

>>So I doubt (with my TSH levels "normal") he will be ready to refer me to an expensive endocrinologist even if he wants to.

**An endo won't help either. In my experience they're even more conservative than other docs and to prescribe something like Armour would be blasphemy. But I've heard of real good endos as well.

You should go to the http://thyroid.about.com website. There's a list of top doctors by state posted. That's how I found my naturopath. There's alot of info that can answer your questions.

BTW, if you can spring for a visit with an alternative health practitioner you'll find alot more comprehensive care. I don't believe CA has naturopaths but maybe there's someone else that can prescribe. I know you're on a tight budget but my experience is that my naturopath costs much less than seeing a doc in the long run, both financially and psychologically.

The other thing is simply to state that you want to try this and see how it goes. Be a broken record about it - 'yes, I understand, and I still want to try this and see how it goes'. They eventually get it that you're not going to roll over. One thing we forget - they're getting paid for providing service to us, not the other way around. But who knows, maybe your doc is familiar with the recent research that states that a combo T3/T4 therapy is more effective (especially with mood disorders) than T4 alone and that subclinical hypothyroidism doesn't always show up on tests and should be treated based on symptoms alone. And you might do just fine on T4 alone if he insists on it, but as you'll find in the thyroid.about.com website, T3/T4 wins hands down.

You know, maybe you're not hypothyroid but this low temp/cold thing is a sure giveaway that something is way off.

>>My pdoc just doesn't respond to this. as tho' he didn't HEAR me when I say "I think I'm hypothyroid". I don't know what he could do. He almost acts like he simply not his ballgame and I need to take it elsewhere.

**That sucks. Thyroid should be the first thing that's looked at in ANY mood disorder and the second thing is ALL hormones. He should be up on something as basic as the thyroid. Why he doesn't at least acknowledge your concerns is neglectful of courtesy at the very least. You need to call him on this and let him know your frustration.

This goes back to why I hate mainstream medicine. They're incompetant, plain and simple, with anything that isn't mechanical. I have been medically screwed, misdiagnosed and harmed far too many times in the current managed healthcare travestry and I see it happen all the time. You can't expect too much out of the majority of them cause they just don't seem to get it, but that's not helping us one bit.

Suspecting and treating a thyroid disorder is not rocket science and not a life threatening procedure. Sure, you have to proceed with caution as with any hormone therapy but if it doesn't work out it's no big deal to come off it.

> I need to call him and address it further and more directly because he certainly isn't on the ball about it, nor is he good with proactively addressing things that don't fall under "psychiatry". it's so frustrating.

**Like I said...

> BTW, I don't know what my TSH levels are. I'll ask my pdoc.

**I'm gonna stress this again for when you get your results. The TSH range is between approx point .3 and 5 with higher numbers meaning greater hypothyroid. Alot of doctors will accept from 3-5 but that's not low enough. You don't want to go lower than .5 because you're headed for too much thyroid and that feels jagged and anxious. The best range is between 1 and 2. My TSH was swinging between .9 and 16 recently and the endo my HMO doc consulted with said not to worry, I souldn't be symptomatic. Bullcrap. As anyone with half a brain would imagine, there's no way to not feel 'symptomatic' with those wildly swinging values. Grrrrr! Of course, my naturopath just rolled her eyes, shook her head and prescribed Westhroid for me.

-Barbara

 

Re: hypothyroid BarbaraCat

Posted by katia on November 3, 2003, at 18:20:45

In reply to Re: hypothyroid katia, posted by BarbaraCat on November 3, 2003, at 17:21:01

Thanks for all the info Barbara. AT the moment my head is in a fog and I can't understand anything on that website. I didn't realize naturpaths could prescribe meds. Like you said, maybe not in Cal. But if anywhere, I'd think Cal. would. I'll eventually get the ball rolling on this, but I feel *stupid* right now and I can't think much less make a phone call.
thanks again for all the info and your time.
I do appreciate your willingness to share vast amts. of knowledge and info.
hugs,
katia

 

Re: hypothyroid BarbaraCat

Posted by katia on November 5, 2003, at 0:31:43

In reply to Re: hypothyroid katia, posted by BarbaraCat on November 3, 2003, at 17:21:01

Hi Barbara,
I found out what the test results were for me in April = TSH was like 1.72. Quite low. Mmmmmmmm. I wonder. I also found out that the FAMA test - which is more comprehensive is around $105. Not too bad to get clear results and then do something about it or understand that I'm not hypothyroid and it's something else.
Lots to ponder.
I thought about you in Costco today. I was sooooo tempted to get some yummy reds. But all I bought was a space heater and some sausages!
warmly,
katia

 

Hello gals...

Posted by fluffy on November 5, 2003, at 10:50:26

In reply to Re: hypothyroid BarbaraCat, posted by katia on November 5, 2003, at 0:31:43

Hi you guys.

I went to the pdoc this past monday. I found out that my thyroid is definitely within the normal bounds...(like you, Katia, around 1.75). My pdoc and I both decided in light of my normal week, that if it ain't broke, don't fix it. So I'm currently still at 200mg Lamictal, 600mg Trileptal.

My so-called stability seems to be crumbling a little. I don't want to be alarmist, but god--today, I feel like total crap. I went to sleep at 10:30, barely able to keep my eyes open that long. I awoke several times during the night, unable to get back to sleep.

I woke up this morn with the edgy, sleep deprived, jumping out of my skin feeling. Tomorrow is another day. Maybe today is just a bad day. I guess I'll take Temazepam tonight if I'm having trouble resting. I don't get it...seemed like my sleep-wake cycle and appetite was returning. I just don't know how much more instability I can stand. One year of drug trials, with barely a dent in my symptoms....esp. this rapid cycling hell. I thought maybe my thyroid was to blame, but I don't have any of the other "symptoms" of an abnormal thryroid.

One other suspicion....I don't remember who was saying that they had a hormonal fluctuation that caused bad stuff around their period. I was having cramps a couple of days aqo, and now the ol' breast tenderness before my period. This seems to start like 7 days before my period. I have an IUD (that releases progestin in my uterus) that my gyno claims does not cause mood swings. My period seems to have been out of whack since the thing was "installed".

How does one know about hormone levels? Is this a huge can of worms to open? I guess I'll call and get the damn contraption removed and see what happens. Since I'm boyfriend-less now, it doesn't really matter.

I hope you all are well and closer to answers. We all could use some now.

Take care,
Katy

 

Re: hypothyroid BarbaraCat

Posted by cupcake on November 5, 2003, at 10:56:50

In reply to Re: hypothyroid katia, posted by BarbaraCat on November 3, 2003, at 17:21:01

i feel so vindicated! i KNEW i just needed an increase in dosage! i got a blood test at my endo's on monday and after two visits of telling me to just focus on losing weight and exercising and that i would feel better eventually and that it's "normal" not to feel like your "optimal" self, my doctor called me (sheepishly i hope) yesterday asking if i took my synthroid every day without fail (yes, mostly), if i took it with the effexor (no, half an hour before breakfast like you're supposed to) and then he finally told me that yes, my TSH levels were still high (>10) and that he'd have a month's supply worth of a higher dosage ready for me to pick up right away.

ha, ha, ha, ha! do i know how to listen to my body?? YES...

 

Re: Hello gals... fluffy

Posted by katia on November 5, 2003, at 14:45:23

In reply to Hello gals..., posted by fluffy on November 5, 2003, at 10:50:26

Hi Katy,
I wished you lived near me! I could use a friend who is also having very similar experiences as me! It really sucks when your friends don't get it.
I'm wondering, why did you think you were hypothyroid if you werent' experiencing the symptoms? Yes, both of ours are quite low. It would be a good thing if we weren't; but somehow just to have a solution, you don't care what the dx is sometimes as long as you can do something about it; it's tangible.
sitting here on my desk is a pamphlet called "hormonal balance and your health" by ZRT labs. I got it at that nutritionist i've been seeing. They are in Beaverton, Oregon (barbara). I could give you their info and you could start from there. They are supposed to be good. 503-466-2445. I think they start with a saliva test.
I too get cramps and sore sore breasts like 10 - 7 days before my period. I think getting the hormones tested is the next step for me too. I am on a downswing now and it's been with me for about a week; which is longer than what I've been experiencing with the rapid cycling of 1/2/3 day swings from up to down to normal to up to down. I think I've been in a tailspin since last year of trying all those antidepressants too. When taking away the Depakote, my Lamictal levels fall too. I'm only at 75mg right now; upping to 100 on Friday. It's a slow journey. most people become manic after taking the mood stabilizer away right? I've become depressed.
I too, have needed to take something for sleep (seroquel). The night before, I was up tossing and turning irritable and sick of being me and thinking "there's NO WAY I could have a boyfriend witness all this craziness/neurotic behavior! I thought to myself, "if I don't fall back to sleep, i'm going out and buying Panza's Stag's Leap Cabernet (a yummy and expensive bottle)and buying a pack of cigs and smoking and drinking the whole damn thing. Luckily, I fell back asleep and remained sober! I told a friend who came over to go for a walk with me that I had trouble sleeping last night, "she innocently said "why?". Ha ha ha.....I'd love to live in such a dream land. She's one friend who doesn't get it. A good friend, but it's conflicting and confusing.

>>I just don't know how much more instability I can stand. One year of drug trials, with barely a dent in my symptoms....esp. this rapid cycling hell. I thought maybe my thyroid was to blame, but I don't have any of the other "symptoms" of an abnormal thryroid.

** We're in the SAME boat on this one. I can't take much more either. I'm giving it at least until the new year (the psychic said I'd end an unbalanced and chaotic 84 yr. old cycle Dec. 30th and things would rapidly change for the better). If that doesn't happen, then I will be out of steam and hope and fuel - and WILL buy that Stag's Leap and another one and another one...

Hope things don't spiral down further for you.
katia

 

Re: Lamictal side effects nmk

Posted by BarbaraCat on November 5, 2003, at 14:45:42

In reply to Re: Lamictal side effects BarbaraCat, posted by nmk on November 3, 2003, at 15:18:11

Hello Nicole,
How nice to talk to you again! Sorry you're having a rough time. I know personally how important hormonal balance is and how we're not going to get truly well until we gain that balance.

Lupron, oh dear. I was on a fertility forum a few years back when I was trying to get pregnant and shuddered at the stories of women on lupron and other drastic hormonal regulators. Talk about emotional rolercoasters! There are other gentler ways of bringing your body into balance that's not going to ultimately shove the underlying cause underground. It's hard to wait for a slower more natural cure and sometimes heavy artillary is needed. But hormones are not one of those areas where faster is better if there's a more lasting means. Here's something to look into:

http://www.viable-herbal.com/herbdesc1/1chastet.htm

Vitex is an herb that has had much repute in regulating progesterone/estrogen. I had alot of luck with it when I was trying for pregnancy as far as regulating my cycle which was going bonkers due to perimenopause. I'd forgotten about it until now and I may try it again.

Surely, if your hormones are out of whack you're going to feel just awful. PMS is horrible one week out of 4, but to have it all the time - uggghhhh!! You take care, Nicole, and remember, the body affects the mind and vice versa. They want to be healthy and know how to, and what we need to do is to say NO! to our fear and panic. That's mainly what stands in our way to a clearer mind and happier life. It's hard to muster up the strength and will when things are murky and dark, but you know your little Pilot Light is in you guiding you on and you'll find the answers. Just don't let anyone lead you down a path that doesn't feel right. - Barbara


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