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    ~*taaa raaa raaa boom*~ targobelle's Avatar
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    I am just curious if anyone around here know and thing about underactive thyroids? I ask b/c for some reason I have it in my mind that I may have a thyroid issue. My doctor had questioned it a few years ago but dismissed it at that time as being nothing, I didn't bring it up at all she did. That had to have been 4yrs ago now.

    My biggest stumbling block has been because i have been working so hard to lose weight, harder than most people do and have lost only a fraction of the weight that many others do... so it just makes me wonder that is all. I have done limited research online and have found some more things about me that seem to fit, but realize that only a DR can and should diagnose such a thing

    so I was checking to see what people know
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    Natrushka is very knowledgable about thyroid and adrenal issues. I haven't seen her in awhile, though.
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    My mother has an underactive thyroid and has taken Synthoid (?) for many years. Recently I thought I might be underactive, so my doctor ordered a blood test, and it turns out all is normal.

    Have you had a TSH test? That would be a good place to start.

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    I was diagnosed hypothyroid. It took a long time for the doctors to figure out what the heck was wrong with me. What they do is take your test numbers and compare them to a range. What they don't do is take borderline cases seriously. We are all different and for one a borderline can be much more significant in terms of symptoms, than for another.

    With that I was on Synthryoid for years and what I was told by my trusted alternative doc was that Synthryoid will suppress your own thyroid and make it sicker. I switched to an over the counter supplement called GTA-Forte, which is a stronger version containing porcine glandular (pig gland) which is a natural way to supplement thyroid hormone.

    What was strange for me was when I stopped eating Gluten and started drinking shakes which contained ground flax seeds my GTA-Forte became noticeably too strong.

    So now I just switched to plain GTA which only contains a quarter of the glandular than the GTA-Forte. The GTA is more for people who are teetering on the border. That is my impression.

    So I don't know if cutting out the Gluten was responsible, as I read there is some sort of connection there. Or if the flax seed had a curative effect, I've heard that also.

    All I know is I trust my alternative doc a heck of a lot more and that the GTA-Forte and GTA are non-prescription and you can purchase them over the internet.

    I'd get a blood test though. Also I wouldn't want to make you distrustful of conventional medical doctors because they do make very worth observations, but a person has to keep in mind that their training has somewhat of a limiting effect on how they are allowed to practice.

    Myself when I find myself not satisfied with the conventional medicine I tend to explore the possibilities but I also keep in mind that I don't want to stray into bullshit areas. Especially when it comes to my health. Take everything with a grain of salt and be observant and get that blood test and demand to see the results, sometimes you do have to be pushy, learn what the numbers mean.

    Good luck.

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    *nods* My suggestion to you is also to go talk to your family doctor and arrange to get a blood test. It's the surest way of figuring out if there's a problem.

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    yes it is

    my DR is really great she takes me seriously and listens well, just that I have to drive into vancouver to see her
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    My stepmom has an underactive thyroid, and she also seems to have the same problems losing weight. She hardly eats at all and is pretty overweight. She is also very active, so its always surprising to me how much trouble she has with it.

    so that could very well be your problem.
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    What does your diet and exercise look like?
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    I do....

    do either of your parents or siblings?

    It generally will happen after women give birth....as it did to me.

    Both of my parents have hypo-thyroidism.....it is a true curse.
    However, educating yourself about it...and having a good Dr. makes it no problem once you get the hang of it.
    It really doesnt bother me...treated it 'goes away'. You just have to monitor it very closely thru blood tests.

    *brittle nails, dry skin and fatigue..would all be symptoms if untreated...

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    I don't have brittle nails but I do have dry skin and am tired and depressed a lot.

    I eat fairly well, hardly ever go out or eat fast food. Not big on buying lattes or anything either. I exercise 3-5 days a week for 60-90mins burning in excess of 350calories a day, and I don't eat more than I did before i started exercising. And in 5months I have lost 20lbs it's a huge red flag for me.
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