A 7-Step Plan to Boost Your Low Thyroid

A 7-Step Plan to Boost Your Low Thyroid

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Health guru Dr. Mark Hyman is here at Hypothyroid Mom.

Dr. Mark Hyman is an EIGHT-TIME New York Times bestselling author. He is currently medical editor at the Huffington Post and on the Medical Advisory Board at The Doctor Oz Show. He has testified before the Senate Working Group on Health Care Reform on Functional Medicine, and participated in the White House Forum on Prevention and Wellness in June 2009. Dr. Hyman continues to work in Washington on health reform, recently testifying before a Congressional hearing on Functional Medicine, nutrition and the use of dietary supplements.

Written by Mark Hyman, MD, Founder of The UltraWellness Center in Lenox, MA

LOW THYROID FUNCTION affects more than 30 million women and 15 million men. So why are we seeing such an epidemic of thyroid problems? Well, chronic thyroid problems can be caused by many factors…

What Causes Hypothyroidism?

One of the most important factors that leads to hypothyroidism is exposure to environmental toxins such as pesticides, which act as hormone or endocrine disruptors and interfere with thyroid hormone metabolism and function.

In fact, one study found that as people lost weight they released pesticides from their fat tissue.

This then interfered with their thyroid function and caused hypothyroidism. The toxins created a slow metabolism and prevented them from losing more weight.

This study highlights the importance of overall detoxification. It is quite a significant finding that shows exactly how toxins interfere with thyroid function.

Heavy metals such as mercury can also affect thyroid function. I see many people with chronic hypothyroidism and other thyroid problems because mercury interferes with normal thyroid function.

The other big factor that interferes with thyroid function is chronic stress.

There is an intimate interaction between stress hormones and thyroid function. The more stress you are under, the worse your thyroid functions.

Any approach to correcting poor thyroid function must address the effects of chronic stress and provide support to the adrenal glands.

The next major factor that affects thyroid function is chronic inflammation. The biggest source of this chronic inflammation is gluten, the protein found in wheat, barely, rye, spelt, and oats.

Gluten is a very common allergen that affects about 10 to 20 percent of the population. This reaction occurs mostly because of our damaged guts, poor diet, and stress.

I also think eating so-called Frankenfoods, such as hybridized and genetically modified grains with very strange proteins, makes us sick.

Our bodies say, “What’s this? Must be something foreign. I’d better create antibodies to this, fight it, and get rid of it.”

This chronic inflammatory response interferes with thyroid function — and contributes to the epidemic of inflammatory diseases in the developed world.

Lastly, nutritional deficiencies play a big role in thyroid dysfunction. These include deficiencies of iodine, vitamin D, omega-3 fats, selenium, zinc, vitamin A, and the B vitamins.

Once you have confirmed that a sluggish thyroid is contributing to your symptoms, the good news is that there are many, many, many things you can do to help correct thyroid problems.

There are so many reasons for low thyroid function, yet I have seen lots of patients with this problem who were just ignored by their doctors.

For example, one young female patient of mine had more than 30 percent body fat and was unable to change her body, no matter how hard she worked. She ate perfectly, exercised with a trainer every day — and her body still wouldn’t budge.

She also had a slightly depressed mood and other vague symptoms.

So I treated her with a low dose of Armour Thyroid, which is a natural thyroid replacement.

What happened?

Well, she not only lost 20 pounds and improved her body composition, but her mood improved and all her other symptoms went away.

How did I know she had low thyroid function?

Once I have asked about symptoms, done a physical exam, and considered all the potential causes of thyroid problems, I do the right tests.

Most doctors just check something called the thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH), which doesn’t give a full picture of the thyroid. In fact, even the interpretation of this test is incorrect most of the time.

The newer guidelines of the American College of Endocrinology consider anybody with a TSH level over 3.0 as hypothyroid. Most doctors think that only anything over 5 or 10 is worth treating.

Unfortunately, this leaves millions suffering unnecessarily.

There are also other tests, including free T3 and free T4 and thyroid antibodies, which are essential.

I also look for associated problems such as gluten intolerance, food allergies, and heavy metals, as well as deficiencies of vitamin D, selenium, vitamin A, zinc, and omega-3 fats.

There are many things to consider in a careful approach to hypothyroidism.

It is one of the most common problems I see, and treating it properly makes one of the biggest differences in my patients’ quality of life.

Unfortunately, by using the old guidelines and thinking, conventional medicine misses millions who suffer with hypothyroidism.

In fact, in one study, researchers tested everybody who walked through the gates of a county fair with conventional thyroid testing. They found that according to even conservative conventional standards, half of all the people who had hypothyroidism were undiagnosed, untreated, and suffering.

So what’s the solution?

How You Can Overcome Hypothyroidism

I encourage you to take the following steps to rebalance your thyroid:

  • Make a thorough inventory of any of the symptoms that I mentioned in my article Thyroid Disease: Are You Sick, Tired, Overweight? to see if you might suffer from hypothyroidism.
  • Get the right thyroid tests including TSH, Free T4, Free T3, Reverse T3, TPO and anti-thyroglobulin antibodies.
  • Check for celiac disease with a celiac panel.
  • Consider heavy metal toxicity.
  • Check your vitamin D level.

Once you have confirmed that a sluggish thyroid is contributing to your symptoms, the good news is that there are many, many, many things you can do to help correct thyroid problems.

I have developed a seven-step plan to address hypothyroidism:

  1. Treat the Underlying Causes – Identify and treat the underlying causes of hypothyroidism, like food allergies, gluten, heavy metals, nutritional deficiencies, and stress.
  2. Optimize Your Nutrition – Support your thyroid with optimal nutrition, including foods that contain iodine, zinc, omega-3 fats, selenium, and more.
  3. Minimize Stress – Eliminate adrenal exhaustion and minimize stress by engaging in a comprehensive stress management program.
  4. Exercise – Engage in exercise, because exercise boosts thyroid function.
  5. Supplement – Use supplements to help enhance thyroid function, including all the nutrients needed for proper thyroid metabolism and function.
  6. Heat Therapy – Use saunas and heat to eliminate stored toxins, which interfere with thyroid function.
  7. Thyroid Hormones – Use thyroid hormone replacement therapy to help support your thyroid gland.

I believe a comprehensive approach is needed to address chronic thyroid issues and to diagnose them. Unfortunately, most of the options for healing by conventional care are quite limited and only provide a partial solution. But by following my seven-step plan you can achieve lifelong vibrant health.

About Mark Hyman, MD

Dr. Mark Hyman has dedicated his career to identifying and addressing the root causes of chronic illness through a groundbreaking whole-systems medicine approach known as Functional Medicine. Dr. Hyman’s #1 New York Times bestseller The Blood Sugar Solution 10-Day Detox Diet: Activate Your Body’s Natural Ability to Burn Fat and Lose Weight Fast offers readers a step-by-step guide for losing weight and reversing disease. Now the companion cookbook The Blood Sugar Solution 10-Day Detox Diet Cookbook with more than 150 recipes is available.

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Who knew that little butterfly-shaped thyroid gland at the base of my neck could affect my life so completely? I founded Hypothyroid Mom in memory of the unborn baby I lost to hypothyroidism. Winner of two 2014 WEGO Health Activist Awards: Health Activist Hero & Best In Show Twitter. *Hypothyroid Mom includes Affiliate links. Connect with me on Google+


  1. I am so happy to see articles like this! So helpful!!!!

    I was diagnosed as hypothyroid about a year and a half ago. I have seen 3 doctors and 2 endos since. ALL of them looked confused when I asked what causes it and said something like “We don’t really know. It just happens.” All they knew to do for me was prescribe levothyroxin.

    My husband has been on levothyroxine for about 6 years and his dose keeps going up. We both sat in wide-eyed disbelief when his doctor casually stated at his last checkup, “Well, whatever is causing this is apparently still doing it. I’m increasing your dose to 200mcg. See you in 3 months.”

  2. I had my thyroid completely destroyed with radioactive iodine 30 years ago. I have lived to regret that decision. I never feel good and most of the time I feel too bad to leave the house. Recently discovered that while my TSH test was high my TS & T4 were very low. For a good many years my levothyroxine dosage was being constantly lowered based on just my TSH results. I have doubled in size, developed rashes, nail problems, a sleeping disorder, high blood pressure, fibromyalgia. IBS, interstitial cystitis, chronic dry eye…etc. The list goes go on and on. Since my hormone has been increased the only positive change has been that my eyelashes, eyebrows and hair are better. I still feel badly and cannot drop any weight despite trying. I cannot find a doctor who will treat me with anything other than more drugs to mask my growing symptoms and health problems. I am at a loss and ready to give up. Because I feel so bad most of the time I have lost my zest for life. Of course telling most doctors that gets you a handful of mood altering drugs. I wouldn’t feel mentally bad if I didn’t feel physically so.

    • I am SO with you on this…what have you found out since this post??

      • I am in the process of filling out the needed paperwork in order to get an appointment with an Integrative physician. I cannot recall the name of the blog that lists these doctors which are added by patients. In order to be on this list the doctors must…1) Do all thyroid related blood work and 2) Prescribe desiccated thyroid and/or T3 hormone.
        There was only one doctor on the list in my state even remotely close to me. Thankfully my she is covered by my insurance plan. She has 31 years experience and rated very favorably. This is the most excited I have been about seeing a doctor ever.

  3. kellie schroeder says:

    I would love to read this.

  4. I’d like to read the book and I wish I could find a doc like this in central PA!

  5. Hi. I am a 44 year old mother of three. After my third child in 2004 I thought I had post-partum depression. then after two years of nagging my Dr. to death, she finally checked my thyroid. HYPOTHYROID. Boy has my life changed for the worse! I am on Synthroid and some symptoms have lessened, but I still feel like crap most days. I was always energetic, felt great and never in my life weighed more than 110 lbs. Now I am 140 lbs, feel horrible, look even worse, and my life isn’t getting any better. I don’t like alot of veggies, but have cut out junk, started exercising every day, and walking/jogging 3 miles a day, six times a week, in the dead of heat!. Went to the doctor for check-up, and after a month of all this dropped .02 of a lb!! So discouraged, I came home and cried, then ate a big bowl of cereal!
    So disappointing!!!!!!

    • This is almosty exact story. Except my last kid was in 09 and by 2012 I had a enlarged uterus and it was pro lapsing. Since I was done with kids we did a partial hysterectomy and felt great for a few months. Then I lost all of my energy, trouble breathing, panic attacks, brittle nails, dry hair, nails and skin. Slept 15 hours a day. Migraines got worse and saw every “gist” in Oklahoma. I am on 120 mg of armour after being but on synthroid which caused an allergic reaction because it is made in a facility that makes medications with iodine and shells (I am severely allergic to both). I am now on magnesium, 120 armour, selenium, b6, b12, vitamin d. I take butterbur and Migrirelief for migraines. I take lexapro, Xanax, and promethazine. I was recently put on metformin. I have been filling a grain free diet at least 70% of the time using a paleo cookbook and using whole, unprocessed foods. It has helped. However, I still have an allergy to metal that I didn’t have before. I am going to go to the dentist and have all my metals in my mouth changed and see if that helps.

      • You are both probably gluten intolerant. Cut it out, 100 percent and see what happens. I have my fingers crossed for you, it worked for me

        • I also cut out the Gluten, my doctor suggested it. And it has been like a 180. I feel better and alot of my symptoms have lessend or have gone away

  6. jill dawson says:

    I want to know if Laura remembers name of blog she got list of good thyroid drs on

    • Shannon says:

      I realize it’s over a year after the original post – but I’m guessing the website was for Stop The Thyroid Madness (STTM). A wonderful resource created by a thyroid patient and patient advocate.

      Another option I’ve heard is to visit a local compounding pharmacy and found out what doctor prescribe armour or NDT.

  7. Great information. How I wish the UK health professionals would wake up and look at hypo patients holistically. I am going to ask for a referral to see if I can be prescribed T3. I don’t hold out much hope as Levo is the cure all apparently! Nobody has told my body this though and right now I am keeping laxative suppliers in business!

  8. Arminda Cook says:

    I came across your website today via Facebook and I am excited to read all of the information. In 2003 I had my thyroid removed due to suspicious cells on nodules (cancer). Now I have been on levoxythrine for many years. Are is there any particular articles for someone who doesn’t have a thyroid anymore and is considered hypothyroid? Would I abide to the same diets and things as someone who still has a thyroid but has hypothyroidism? Any suggestions of articles or books would be very helpful as I need to lose weight and I’m tired all of the time. Thank you.

    Arminda Cook

  9. I was excited to discover this website. I need to to thank you
    for ones time due to this fantastic read!! I definitely enjoyed every little
    bit of it and i also have you book marked to look at new things on your website.

  10. Sherry Ziter says:

    I was diagnosed with Thyroid Cancer in summer of 2014 and had it removed in August. I had RAI treatment in October. I have had other symtoms that you spoke of for years. Now the struggle is getting medication dosage right. Back and forth with T4 and now some T3 added. Still not right …..still suffering with symptoms. Still issues with weight that I am constantly told is menopause. So tired of my issue as a whole not being treated. Will I feel good again? Do I need a different doctor? What to do?

  11. Michelle says:

    I have had thyroid issues starting when I was 8. Now much older still can not get it under control, so happy to see this Site

  12. Thanks you I feel I’m not alone and not going mad .

  13. I exercise. I eat all the right foods. No junk food. Ever. I quit smoking. Take my levothyroxine every day at the same time. Yet my weight doesn’t budge. Bone crushing exhaustion. Now my whole body itches.
    Will I ever feel normal?
    I am so tired of feeling tired!

  14. I have had thyroid issues for the last six years. I finally went to a naturopathic doctor and she has helped me tremendously! I am also using Young Living essential oils and supplements that support the endocrine system and help balance hormones. I have stopped using all of my regular personal care products and cleaners, etc. and replaced them with organic products or ones I make myself using the oils. My hair has started coming back in thickly and I feel great! I also was able to lose the extra weight I had using the Trim Healthy Mama plan. I was surprised at how easy it was! Love it! Our bodies really can heal themselves and work the way they are supposed to if we give them a break from the toxins and give them the tools needed to heal!

    • ashley guy says:

      what do u use for hair?? 🙁

    • G. Bailey says:

      Your story is so much like mine. I have been battling this for the past 30 years. I just recently discovered Young Living but the FDA is preventing distributors from talking about how EO help with health problems. I would like to talk with you over email to learn how and what you are doing. My email is [email protected] net.

  15. Roxanne says:

    I recently had my thyroid removed and am looking for way to help my body through diet, etc. Are the same things that are good for boosting thyroid function effective for someone without a thyroid?

  16. Pamela Medaglia says:

    I have an under active thyroid and have been on levothyroxine for five years but it’s been on and off, I feel like when I take the meds my hair falls out terribly but my Dr tells me my hair should not be falling out if I’m on my meds but it does, I stopped it again but just started it back up because I have been feeling very bad for the past month, I feel depressed, no energy, nauseas,, migraines trouble sleeping anxiety very bad, just feeling terrible, I have never felt this bad for this long. I just want to feel normal and feel better! Any suggestions or helpful advice?

    • Becky Wildeman says:

      I have been on thyroid meds since I was 19, now 55. My numbers have only been off once..Ugh! But my dr. Says do not use generic meds for this…only the real synthroid. The tiny changes in dosages within generic brands make a huge difference on the thyroid. My numbers are very stable. Unfortunately this means I pay out of pocket, but it’s worth it to be stable.
      I am looking to improve my health and weight, so love getting this info.

    • One of the side effects of levothyroxine is thinning hair. I had the same problem and my doctor also switch medicine to synthroid. I am doing better and hair has stopped falling out. I’m still not 100% and I been on the synthroid for over year now. My doctor is talking about trying something else soon. You just have to find what works for you.

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    • My MD is sorta clueless also. Your hair falls out if your med is under or over medicated. Everybody is different. I have little thyroid function due to nuclear medication that I took to reverse hyperthyroidism. I have lost hair throughout. I often wonder how I still have any hair. I wish that was the only side effect 🙁

    • Stay on your meds, I have been on them for 23yrs. I list alot of hair the first year I was on them but after that I haven’t lost more than normal. Good luck to you

    • Have you been checked for lupus. Similar symptoms.

  17. samantha irwin says:

    Hi I have just gone through the roughest 2 years reading this has shown what has been wrong with me to the point my doctor put me on medication that didn’t make me feel any better my weight has been so bad I have a 15 month old when I had him I was 60 kgs now im 90.10 kgs I have done everything right but this has really given me an indepth look to why my thyroid has played up like it has. I have just lost most of my stress now it is to get the rest delt with.

  18. Good to see that a lower TSH marker (3.0 vs 5 or 10 as indicated above) is now being used. Just hope that knowledge gets down to my neck of the woods. My temperature runs between 97 and 97.5 after eating, being active, etc. My fingernails are splitting lengthwise. I have no eyebrows left except for about an inch. My hands go numb and burn every night, causing me to wake up every little bit. I get comfortable to where they stop burning, then they wake me up again a little while later. I am gaining weight, even though I have cut out most carbs. Years ago, a doctor gave me a straight T3 therapy for my low temperature (Wilson’t Thyroid Syndrome), but even though it’s dropped again, all I heard last time was – “Your tests are normal!” I’ve been going through the numb hands on and off for about 10 years, can’t do anything much with my hands or it acts up. Hope I get relief soon. I need sleep!

    • Don’t give up…there is an answer.

    • One of the side effects of levothyroxine is thinning hair. I had the same problem and my doctor also switch my medicine to synthroid. I am doing better and my hair has stopped falling out. I’m still not 100% and I been on the synthroid for over year now. My doctor is talking about trying something else soon. You just have to find what works for you. I went through 5 doctors until I found one that new how to treat hypothyroidism.

  19. I found this article and as I was reading it I thought, “OMG, finally I am going to get some expert advice on this problem”. Then I go to the bottom and saw it was just another Jerk trying to sell me a miracle cure. You should be ashamed.

    • I knew it was a sales pitch, but at least he gave us some tip to share with our doctors. Or even find another doctor.

  20. After my son was born 26 yrs ago, I started putting on weight. Dr. Told me I had a slow metabolism and didn’t even check my thyroid. At that time, I was still able to walk 2 miles a day, even though the fatigue was crushing. 3 kids under 10, a full time job and a husband who worked 2 jobs had me sooo stressed. I gained 100 pounds. Dr. Still said slow metabolism. Finally found a Dr. Who tested my thyroid, said she’d have me fixed up in 6 months. Haha. Still weigh 100 lbs more than I used to, even though I’ve been taking synthroid for several yrs. My knees hurt so bad I walk with a terrible limp. My hands fall asleep at night and wake me up. Recently discovered that I’m lactose intolerant. Didn’t realize there were so many foods with dairy in them. Going to try going gluten free. I have been taking selenium, vitamin b complex and zinc, which have given me some energy. Just want to lose some weight and feel halfway decent. There’s no fatigue in the world like hypothyroidism fatigue and those who have never experienced it have no idea what it’s like. Too bad the docs can’t walk a mile in our shoes.

    • It is a crushing fatigue. I hit the back of a school bus due to falling asleep at the wheel. I was so tired all the time when I was working. That is not the only time I have fallen asleep. I have done this at stop lights and stop signs. I medically retired because I was exhausted and was having increased brain fog. I wish I had not done it also and just dealt with the cardiac issues Another thing. I want my eyebrows and eyelashes back. That is totally unfair. We look bad enough without that. When you feel tired you look tired. I was sitting quietly one day and realized my friends no longer asked me to do anything with them anymore. Just sitting waiting and sleeping.

  21. jinty kerr says:

    Hi everyone ☺just seen this post and felt i must comment . I was diagnosed with an underactive thyroid 15 yrs ago , a call at work from doc asked me to call in asap my levels were that low .I was started on 25mcg thyroxine , the dose was upped to 250 mcg per day and they day im at a level of maintainence . My problem is im constantly tired , overweight , high blood pressure , connective tissue disease , arthritis , body aches constantly , loose bowels all the time , up 4/ 5 times during the night for loo , severe depression for over 40 yrs and been on medication since a young girls . Im 55 now and my mood is so low at times and im pretty desperate for some kind of peace from all my health issues and i must add I do eat quite healthly i eat a lot of veg amd salads not so much fruit but no added sugar fruit juices and help would be grratly appreciated . We have good doctors they are just so busy and i dont want to be a burden

  22. Wow. Now the path I have been on makes so much sense as to why I haven’t been able to get the pounds off.
    When I was pregnant with my oldest son, now 25, I was severely anemic. The doctors gave me high doses of iron AND prenatal vitamins with iron… heavy metal toxicity. I gained 80 lbs essentially overnight. My health declined rapidly after his birth. I was told repeatedly to eat a low fat high carb diet…. including pasta. I eventually got to a point I could barely function so I got smart and started drinking caffeined beverages to get some energy. I eventually turned to natural treatments for health and did a detox. It was a turning point and I learned more about food and it’s effects on my body. My thyroid was repeated tested and just barely fell above the normal range so doctors refused to give me anything for it…. despite my mother her mother and my motherds sisters have thyroid disorders. I’ve met a chiropractor that’s been recently giving me a thyroid supplement and my health is beginning to flourish. I’ve been exercising and eating well for years now but never able to get the weight down…. I have carried an extra 100 lbs since the last miscarriage (2). Ive been on good supplents for 20 years but still unable to get the weight off. The toxicity of my body from all that iron has been what I believed was the culprit…. in my mind this seals it. The anemia began the cycle. It ended when I did a detox for parasites. .. which I had terribly. The anemia, 14 yrs of it diagnosed, went away after the parasites were removed with a natural detox. Hope has arrived as has confirmation…. without help from the conventional medical machine. They wrecked my health in their ignorance and perpetuated it for almost a decade before I widened up and started studying nutrition fervently. Thanks for enlightening those of us that have lived with the mystery of thyroid disorders. You give us hope for better health!

  23. shelly adams says:

    I’ve had issues with thyroid since I was 17, now 52, this past year, I have been told I’m allergic to the sun, allergic to creams, antibiotics for all the rashes n itching I’m having. Recently had my tsh n t4 n t3 checked and tsh was at 2.25 t3 was at 69 and t4 was normal. But because tsh n t4 were normal df was gonna leave my levothyroxine doses alone. I think I disagree!

  24. Hi I have been diagnosed with Hypothyroidism 6 years ago and were put on Synthroid since then. All my TSH, T3, T4 are in normal range and everything else health wise is perfect according to my doctor. One symptom is never gone, I am still lightheaded and have brain fogged all the time. It comes and goes thru out the day but is mostly there in the morning to afternoons. Is there any one out there with same issue and can tell me how to figure this one out. I can bear the tiredness, sleepy, exhausted feelings but hate the brain fog all the time. I have been tested negative for gluten and other seasonal & environmental allergies.
    Any help will be greatly appreciated…


    • Wendy Haslam says:

      Aamir hi
      I also tested negative for gluten but tried coming off it anyway; it made such a huge difference I’ve never eaten it since.

  25. I’m 30 and was originally diagnosed with hypothyroidism in 2010. About 2 years ago and after changing doctors, I found out I have Hashimotos. Before I was tested for anything I was depressed and gained about 100lbs in the span of a year. Hashimotos is where your immune system is fighting off your thyroid hormone and so far the only thing I have been able to do is maintain my weight (a fluctuating 10 lbs) by using a high dose of armour thyroid. Considering that my thyroid is working with support, do you think this is something that contributed to being overweight as a child and is there anything else you can suggest not mentioned here that could help?

  26. I have been struggling with life for quite some time now…depressed, insomnia, fat and CAN’T lose weight no matter what I try, NO energy, EVER, and so much more. I just accidentally happened to this website and I KNOW it is God’s way of helping me with my struggle. Thank you very much for ALL the information that I NEED to move forward.

    • Laurie Johnson says:

      Hey Kelly, I wonder if you have ever checked to see if you have an inability to absorb vitamin B. I saw a FB post about people with depression, anxiety and migraine with a light aura have no ability to digest B vitamins! I know the test for it is a genetic test. Very expensive. So I just tested what it recommended. That was to take Methyl B12 and Folinic acid instead of the other regularly prescribed for B deficiencies. It seems to have helped. A lot. I still have low thyroid but every little thing helps. Good luck.

  27. Wendy Haslam says:

    This is an amazingly useful website and I am very grateful to the author but in the UK it is hard to get many of these tests done without paying a private lab to do them. Also I am without a thyroid as my hshimotos illness went on so long before doctors would test or treat me. All around me friends were taking Thyroxin for their thyroids but I was labelled depressed because I was so ill and sluggish!
    I have also just had to have a triple heart bypass and from my reading (as I am a slim, ative, low cholestrol, healthy eating woman) I suspect the medication of causing this damage to my arteries. Much power to your elbow and may the results spread over the pond.

  28. I’ve been advised to go to for the iodine treatment to convert my hyperthyroidism to hypothyroidism. I’m 55 and had 4 relapses so far, started at the age of 30.
    The recent relapse has me taking 2 small tablet of camazol a day as from Jan 15.
    Advice please as I’ve read so many negative remarks about hypothyroidism!

  29. I just recently found out that I am dealing with hypothyroidism. I have been on synthroid for the last 4 months, and it has gotten my levels to come down, but it has not helped me in any other way. When I initially was checked for my thyroid, it was running at a 10. Now, I have been taking the meds and I am down to a 2.5. Sounds great, right? But…… If your thyroid has ties to your hypothalamus, and all these other great little networks in your brain, and has so much to do with your energy, ability to sleep, ability to concentrate, then why even when my levels are down, am I not feeling any better. I still want to sleep all day, I am irritable for no reason, I have no energy except when my body feels like it and then it is only in little bursts that come and leave me feeling drained even more so than before, and I can’t remember things as well. I mean, it goes beyond the walking into the kitchen and forgetting what you are there for. I can completely erase half days, moments, important things…… I have never been as big as I am right now, unless I was preggers. I don’t do candies, junk foods, I cut back on my starches, I am eating more raw veggies, leaner cuts of meat. I am even taking smaller, more often, meals in the day, stopping all eating about an hour or so before bed. I drink a coffee in the morning and that is the extent of my caffeine intake in a day. What am I doing wrong? Why is this continuing? Originally a size 3, at a size 16/18 now. No issues with blood pressure, sugar, cholesterol, or anything else. Just this little thyroid problem, that is turning out to be the biggest issue for me ever. I can’t enjoy a day, my nights are spent with head bobbing trying to fall asleep, until I lie in bed. And then it is party at the disco. I am at the point of not being able to take it, and it has only been a few months. I don’t even know what I am gonna do if it stays this way forever.

  30. I posted back on 6/6/2014. After many tests I am hopeful about eventually feeling better. I have Primary Hyperparathyroidism as well as Hashimoto’s. Here I thought I was only hypo for so many years. Many of my symptoms mimic the usual thyroid problems so I was clueless as to what was making me feel worse than ever before. My blood calcium levels were always 10 to 11 but not high enough to alert my previous doctor to investigate more. This went on for well over five years. Thankfully the Integrative Care doctor I currently see ordered the right sequence of tests to help me discover all this. I have not had the surgery yet since I only found out about the tumor a week ago. This disease has caused me to lose a little over an inch of height among other symptoms and illnesses at 49 years old. My suggestion to everyone is to have your blood calcium levels checked as well as a full thyroid blood panel. You may have more going on than just thyroid problems.

  31. I’m 29 and was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s disease about 2 years ago. Started out with 25mcg and put on levoxyl and felt better however levoxyl was taken off the market due to low level performance and was put on levothyroxine. This made me feel worse so my Endo upped my dosage to 75mcg and about a week later I ended up in the ER cuz I thought I had a heart attack. It was actually due to the fact that my body couldn’t handle the increased dosage and was basically like putting my body on speed. My dosage was then lowered back to 25mcg twice a week and 50mcg 3 times a week. Doing this over the course of 6 months brought me up to 125mcg. Levels showed up good and my Endo said see you in a year. Really? I still feel like crap! It’s been 10 months now and I still feel tired and have brain fog so bad I’ve ran a red light, after already stopping and just decided to go not realizing the light was still red, with my kids in the car. I was lucky no other traffic was passing at the time. I even forgot about my morning meeting the other day and now fear I may lose my job due to not being able to stay on top of things the way I used to. My anxiety has even gotten worse to the point where I get tremors and feel like I am going to pass out. After reading this article I’m hopeful that if I start cutting out red meats, carbs, gluten, and sugar from my diet I will feel better as I’m already exercising with no luck on losing weight. In one year I went from weighing 116 to 150 lbs. With medication I am now weighing in between 140 and 145lbs. Tired of being tired and irritable.

  32. Does anyone remember what it felt like to be normal? I cannot remember the last time I woke up, wide awake, ready to face the world. I am not a depressed person, just a tired person. I started gaining weight in my 40’s though I was eating as I had always eaten, not perfect, but, mostly healthy. I was exercising every day. Walking or cycling five miles or more. I cleaned houses for a living. Not sedentary at all. Still, the weight came on. When I did cut out sugar, I did not see a significant difference, so I would reintroduce it into my diet. At least it brought me some temporary mental relief.
    I am going to the doctor on Monday, armed with tons of info on hypothyroid and blown adrenals. Luckily, my doctor is pretty open to all of this info. She does not feel threatened when a patient explores their health,. We are going to work hard on the tests I need as well as a plan. I am in my sixties now, and I want to feel good. I have so many good things in my life and I want to be able to enjoy them. I must say, this seems like it would be a part time job to keep up with it all. I work full time and would like to cut back so I can focus on my health, I will keep my journey into all of this updated for you. We are all individuals and what works for one may not work for another. I have to also recommend stopthethyroidmadness.com website for more info. It has given me much insight.

  33. I do remember the last time I felt normal. Not great, just okay. It was before I quit smoking. This is in no way intended to encourage anyone to continue smoking. I am happy that I quit after 40 years. Yet, I , too have hypothyroidism. I had insisted my M.D. increase my levothyroxine to 50 mg. I quit smoking-and I cannot get out of bed. I asked several health practitioners if this was normal. ” Oh yes, you’ll feel wonderful soon.” I continued to feel worse and worse. I became constipated. My hair began to fall out -AGAIN! My M.D. tested . a simple tsh test. “Oh your fine!” When will I feel better? “Oh, soon.” Feeling better never came. My throat-after stopping cigarettes became hoarser and hoarser. I am now in bed 18 to 20 hours a day w/ such severe fatigue I am frightened. No showers, no cleaning, just sleep, and weirdly-no weight gain-lose. Yesterday I knew something had to change. My throat is swollen. I googled simply “smoking and hypothyroidism” . YES. Many women are diagnosed with Hypothyroidism AFTER quitting smoking. My answer was there yet no help. I called my insurance company and made an appointment with a local Endocrinologist. Their clinic is known as a very sympathetic clinic. I got on-line and ordered some Thyroid support supplements. I made an appt. with my regular MD because she may be able to get me in more quickly to the Endo clinic. My appointment with them is all the way until July 21st, 2015. I do not feel it wise to wait. I had never heard of a connection between quitting smoking and Hypothyroidism.Yet, it is the most commonly diagnosed problem in women who have quit smoking. I cannot help but wonder how many relapses from quitting nicotine this has caused me. I could never quit because I fell asleep with-in a few days and was so exhausted I never did get up-I always went back to smoking. So, I am suffering along with the rest of you right now-losing hair, exhaustion that is not relieved by 16 hours of sleep a day. Constipation. You all know the story and suffering. I fell I am finally on the right track. I pray that my M.D. can and will get me into the Endo clinic sooner than July 21st. Please , I want to warn every female smoker out there please stop! It does so much damage to your thyroid as it has mine and quitting once addicted is so much harder for us with Hypothyroidism. Thank you for hearing me out. I hope we all get the help we deserve!


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