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Old 02-23-2011, 07:28 AM   #31
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hi,

have you tried making blood, poo, urine analyses/test's on IgE, IgA, IgG and IgM?

Hyperthyroid is a common symptoms in people with elevated levels of IgE...

and to check it out is just a routine blood, poo and urine test's/analysis, nothing "kinky" or invasive to our bodies.

Search it in your preferred search engine

hope it helps.

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Old 02-23-2011, 01:18 PM   #32
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Cool No endocrinologist referral 4 me,and other ?'s

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I did check and my hmo does have a endocrinologist..so I'm going to contact my dr. for a referral. I'd like to keep all of you involved with this since I'm thinking there are some out there that also might benifit from the info. Next question,Have you,or anyone here in the Thyroid group read "The Thyroid Solution" by Ridha Arem?..and your opinion if you have.
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Kind of disappointed w/this. It seems I'm drawing a road block w/ all the suggestions I've received here. Is this a 'normal' reaction/response from the medical community? Fighting losing battles are such a drag, I'd like some chanch of winning my battles.
I did buy the bk. 'The Thyroid Solution',and am reading it now. I may have to find a holistic type for my next step. Interesting note: my DH whose on thyroid meds takes about 3times the strength that I do. Question,what determines the mg's? Mine is at 75mg. How about all of yours, the same?
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Old 02-23-2011, 07:03 PM   #33
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Kind of disappointed w/this. It seems I'm drawing a road block w/ all the suggestions I've received here. Is this a 'normal' reaction/response from the medical community? Fighting losing battles are such a drag, I'd like some chanch of winning my battles.
I did buy the bk. 'The Thyroid Solution',and am reading it now. I may have to find a holistic type for my next step. Interesting note: my DH whose on thyroid meds takes about 3times the strength that I do. Question,what determines the mg's? Mine is at 75mg. How about all of yours, the same?


Wait. Why? Your doctor refused to give you one? If that's the case, I suggest you find yourself a new doctor within your HMO. He doesn't get to decide that- he's a general practitioner, not a specialist!!!

That's like your doctor refusing to refer you to a gyno. It doesn't work that way. You pay this man's... or woman's... salary. And if they aren't working for you, then find a new one!

I'm on 50mg right now? My doctor said I'd most likely end up on 100.. but I still have to see the endo. Just submitted the referral information to his referral lady today. I think your own personal thyroid levels are what determines the dose. That's why the first year or so you'll be getting alot of bloodwork done. They have to test to see if the levels are right. If they aren't.. your dose is upped.


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Read The Thyroid Diet - it's a excellent resource for what and how to eat. I've been on the thyroid battle journey for 15 years and have learned a lot. A good amount of protein, get rid of sugar, flour, potatoes. Avoid raw broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, kale and soy. Don't take calcium or iron within a couple hours of your thyroid meds (I even avoid having dairy or OJ with calcium around my med time) . Also, because a hypo's metabolism is so messed up, some type of exercise is vital as is eating enough calories. If we eat too few calories, our bodies go into starvation mode, and the thyroid will slow down even more. Finally, I add several supplements that help boost thyroid function. I haven't seen the scale move much, but I certainly have less of the extra hypo symptoms (fatigue, hair loss, cold sensitivity) when I'm taking all my vitamins and supplements regularly.
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Default thanks to rachael,and others too

Thanks for the info. I recently began the SB diet,and other than eating cabbage,broccoli,cauliflower raw (no more dipping) I'm following it pretty straight on. I'm still searching for a Holistic Dr.,and think I've found a couple that might help me...when I get back from my vac. in May I'll start with them,and see what changes they suggest. Until then I'm doing the best I can,but in my heart I do know something must change... still a work in progress tho. thanks alot you all..choices
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Choices, I thought you might like this hypothyroid blog I came across. She has an inspiring story, and there's a whole section on her diet.
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Choices, I thought you might like this hypothyroid blog I came across. She has an inspiring story, and there's a whole section on her diet.
Love the suggestions,take care,choices
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I lost my weight on lowcarb. I have Hashimoto's, (and also have HIE..which is hyper IgE...I have a genetic form of this, it's very rare) hypothyroidism.

I was on just T4 at first (synthetic, Levoxyl) and when I got to 75mcg. I still felt pretty bad, and switched to a doctor who doesn't go by a pituitary test (that'd be the TSH) he goes by T4 and T3 (actually he does Free T4, Free T3 which shows what's actually 'usable' by you). He added synthetic T3 at first to my T4, later on, I switched out to porcine (pig) thyroid which has all the same thyroid hormones your human thyroid would make if it could (T1, T2, T3, T4).

It took me a little over 17 months to lose my over weight (went from 277 to 114 as of today, been maintaining for over eight years now). I now am lifting weights (cardio is uncomfortable for me, I also have brittle asthma, and I still do a little cardio though).

I've now transitioned from lowcarb (about 40 net grams, meaning I subtract my fiber) to a bit higher carb plan because of lifting weights (I lift weights because it allows me to eat a bit more, lol, always a good thing!). I still stay sugar free, grain free, but have added back some fruit and more veggies.

You can do this!!! I'm 56 yrs. old now and in better shape than when I was 40 yrs. old. Every thyroid patient deserves to know their T4 and T3 labs, and deserves to not be medicated based on their pituitary test (TSH).
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Default Great information,thanks so much

Boy there is alot to learn isn't there? I have asked my dr. to prescribe the natural (pig)thryoid meds,but she,and the whole medical clinic that I go to will not allow it. She has suggested I go to a holistic dr. which I plan on doing,but that's not for awhile..($$)..once I begin that journey I'll post here so others may gain info. It seems that the big health care companys have strong connections w/the pharmaciuticals(sp.)and for reasons not explained to me they want to stay within the guidelines that the health care clinic prescribes. Until I can get someone else to help me w/this I'll stick w/the S.Beach...one pound a week is still a loss,and you all have really helped me out of the funk/depression over the slow loss. Your just the best!Choices~
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Wanted to chime in, since I've been hypo my entire life, along with all of the females in my family. I've never heard that you can't have soy with the synthetic medication. I have been told several times by my doctor not to take my medication at the same time as my vitamin. If I remember correctly, it is because the medication will bind with the iron in the vitamin, making it ineffective.

Here is what I could find regarding soy (basically if you take your pill before bed, you should be fine)

Is it true that people who have hypothyroidism should avoid soy?
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Whether people who have hypothyroidism should avoid soy is a topic of considerable debate.

Hypothyroidism is generally treated with synthetic thyroid hormone and soy has long been thought to interfere with the body's ability to absorb the medication. However, there's no evidence that people who have hypothyroidism should avoid soy completely.

If you have hypothyroidism, take thyroid hormone replacement as directed by your doctor typically on an empty stomach. Generally, it's best to wait four hours after taking thyroid medication to consume any products that contain soy. The same guidelines apply to other products that may impair the body's ability to absorb thyroid medication, including high-fiber foods, iron and calcium supplements, and antacids that contain aluminum or magnesium.
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I'm on 100mg which I take every other day and 2 pills every other-other day. If that makes sense to you.

My doctor and I constantly battle over what my dose should be, so that was our compromise. I promised to stop over taking them and she promised to prescribe me enough that I could take double the dose every other day.

I've been on synthroid, levoxyl and levothyroxine. I'm currently on levothyroxine. I really don't see a difference in any of them, but some people do. My sister can only take synthroid or she has really bad side effects. From my point of view, it's all about the insurance company and drug companies pushing generic drugs on people.

I've also read up on hypothyroidism quite a bit and most of what I have read states that weight gain and the inability to lose weight likely has little more than a few lbs to do with the hypothyroidism.

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These posting are very old...and while I am gratefull for those that contributed initially, I sure would like to re-start a conversation regarding the same,same,same-o problems,and perhaps someone that has found a bit of info that could help all of us. I'm still struggling w/weight issues but then I quit trying ...guess I need abit of 'winning the battle' to help me carry on. don't mean to be a downer here..none of us need that..but let's see where this new post leads us. Peace & love to all. Choices~
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Wanted to chime in, since I've been hypo my entire life, along with all of the females in my family. I've never heard that you can't have soy with the synthetic medication. I have been told several times by my doctor not to take my medication at the same time as my vitamin. If I remember correctly, it is because the medication will bind with the iron in the vitamin, making it ineffective.

Here is what I could find regarding soy (basically if you take your pill before bed, you should be fine)

Is it true that people who have hypothyroidism should avoid soy?
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from Todd B. Nippoldt, M.D.



Whether people who have hypothyroidism should avoid soy is a topic of considerable debate.

Hypothyroidism is generally treated with synthetic thyroid hormone — and soy has long been thought to interfere with the body's ability to absorb the medication. However, there's no evidence that people who have hypothyroidism should avoid soy completely.

If you have hypothyroidism, take thyroid hormone replacement as directed by your doctor — typically on an empty stomach. Generally, it's best to wait four hours after taking thyroid medication to consume any products that contain soy. The same guidelines apply to other products that may impair the body's ability to absorb thyroid medication, including high-fiber foods, iron and calcium supplements, and antacids that contain aluminum or magnesium.

I am Hypothroid..over 35 years actually.

Mary Shoman's book The Thyroid Diet, which I read eons ago, suggested a low-glycemic diet for those who are hypothyroid and struggling. I thought at the time it was too challenging...and not sure I wanted to tackle it. Too much I'd need to learn..too many things I'd need to change. After many more years of no success and a lot of failed diets...I did begin a low-glycemic index diet nearly a year ago. I have lost all the weight I need to lose, and am happy with how it worked for me. It can be done with support or alone. ( I chose a support program) and that guidance helped me understand the ins and outs...gave me a lace to ask questions and also get support in adjusting. Not going to say it was an easy mental switch...but once I saw it worked...I was a fan. There is a lot of research at the Univ of Sydney in Australia as well. They produce a Low Gylcemic Newsletter which I do enjoy and have found helpful along this journey.

It's not right for a lot of people...it's restrictive during the weightloss stage...but I found it harder to stick to something that did NOT work. It was relatively easy to abide a plan that did work...even though I have really had to alter what I have been eating...and with the place I am now...I've no desire to add those things back to my eating every day or even at all in some instances.

I agree about timeing thyroid dose. i take it in the middle of the night when I wake up to use the bathroom. (An endocrinologist suggested that years ago...and it made sense then and even more so now sense.)

I've had no issues with the daily soy products I've used this year..... and also, I am gluten free..... and have been for years.

Must say..it's worth some research for anyone who is as frustrated as I was. And for the record...the glycemic index of the foods I eat are extremely low. Like 25 or lower, where most articles suggest 50 and under is considered low GI...skip the yams..sweet potatoes, beets, carrots...etc while dieting. All root veggies have way too much carb. fter losing...be very careful how often you eat that stuff....and fruit...is not the same as it was 40 years ago. it's all been bred for taste...and sky high in fructose. Stick to high fiber vegetables that are very low carb..higher protein at most meals to replace the starch...and take a good multivit.

Good luck finding what works for you! If you want info on what I did...there are posts for the plan I followed...but it can be done on your own if you educate yourself THOROUGHLY!

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Well, I'm still at it..reading and trying to follow whatever all the 'sayer's' prescribe,but getting nowhere. I'd really like to see a separate area to post/help/etc. w/this particular issue. I did check w/the those w/health issues and couldn't find any that are for hypothyroidism. Owners of this wonderful website..pls. consider. I'm getting so much conflicting advise (not from here) at websites,and reading material that it's wearing me down. Just want to do what is right for my issue,and to lose some of this load I've acquired since I was diagnosed.
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Well, I'm still at it..reading and trying to follow whatever all the 'sayer's' prescribe,but getting nowhere. I'd really like to see a separate area to post/help/etc. w/this particular issue. I did check w/the those w/health issues and couldn't find any that are for hypothyroidism. Owners of this wonderful website..pls. consider. I'm getting so much conflicting advise (not from here) at websites,and reading material that it's wearing me down. Just want to do what is right for my issue,and to lose some of this load I've acquired since I was diagnosed.
I hear you... But recognize thyroid disease is a plural word. There are many forms. It's not as simple as some other disease processes. (I take synthroid for the record.. And don't have hashimotos) Also, we have a high rate of familial diagnosis for hypothyroid, along with other autoimmune processes including celiac disease, arthritis lupus and juv diabetes.

There are many protocols that won't work for everyone... The one I chose does not forgive cheats as some diets do. You gotta be all in. I was desperate to lose.. And decided to give 3 mos "all in" at 100% compliance. By then I'd lost over 25 lbs. The decision to stick with it was a no brainer. My body liked that diet. Like I said .. Easy to do something that works, I don't do well with no results. I'm on board for the long haul now and have lost as much as I needed to. Now just going for a few more lbs as a buffer to allow glycogen store rebound and still wear all my new clothes. I'll be doing a modified paleo going forward. It's gluten free and heavy in high fiber salads and veggies... Which I have no problem with.
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