Is Your Thyroid KILLING You? Heart Disease

Is Your Thyroid Killing You? Heart Disease

High blood pressure
Low blood pressure
Slow/weak pulse (under 60 bpm)
Fast pulse (over 90 bpm at rest)
Arrhythmia (irregular heartbeat)
Skipped beats
Heart palpitations
Chest pain
High cholesterol
High triglycerides
High LDL (“bad”) cholesterol
Mitral valve prolapse
Atherosclerosis
Coronary artery disease
High C-Reactive Protein
Fibrillation
Plaque buildup
Fluid retention
Poor circulation
Enlarged heart
CONGESTIVE HEART FAILURE
STROKE
HEART ATTACK

Need I say more?

“Dana, your cholesterol is very high.”

“Dana, your blood pressure is extremely low.”

“Dana, your heart rate is too low.”

“Dana, your Cardio CRP (c-reactive protein) is far above the normal range.”

Thyroid Disease & The Heart

Within the very first hour that I spent researching the link between heart disease and hypothyroidism, I found hundreds of published scientific studies. Goose bumps rose on my arms as I stopped and stared in shock at what I had discovered.

Circulation is a scientific journal published for the American Heart Association that publishes articles related to cardiovascular diseases. In 2007 an article appeared entitled Cardiovascular Involvement in General Medical Conditions: Thyroid Disease and the Heart:1

The cardiovascular signs and symptoms of thyroid disease are some of the most profound and clinically relevant findings that accompany both hyperthyroidism and hypothyroidism. On the basis of the understanding of the cellular mechanisms of thyroid hormone action on the heart and cardiovascular system, it is possible to explain the changes in cardiac output, cardiac contractility, blood pressure, vascular resistance, and rhythm disturbances that result from thyroid dysfunction. The importance of the recognition of the effects of thyroid disease on the heart also derives from the observation that restoration of normal thyroid function most often reverses the abnormal cardiovascular hemodynamics.

According to the Thyroid Federation International:2

The heart is a major target of thyroid hormones. Any change in thyroid hormone levels will be responded to by the heart.

Too little thyroid hormone as a consequence of an underactive thyroid (hypothyroidism):

  • causes your heart to beat too slowly or irregularly, to flutter with missing or additional beats. As a consequence bradycardia may develop; this form of arrhythmia leaves your organs and tissues without enough oxygen and nutrients. Severe bradycardia can result in cardiac arrest.
  • causes your blood pressure to change. Over time, high blood pressure will develop with the consequence of developing atherosclerosis, a risk for heart attack and stroke.
  • causes your cholesterol in the blood to rise and calcification, so called plaque, to develop in your arteries and makes them stiff. All these effects increase the risk for heart attack, heart failure and atherosclerosis

T3 Thyroid Hormone & The Heart

In mainstream medicine, Levothyroxine is the most commonly prescribed thyroid hormone replacement drug, with brand names including Synthroid, Levoxyl, Oroxine and Eltroxin. Levothyroxine drugs contain the synthetic form of only ONE thyroid hormone, T4. T4 is only one portion of the thyroid hormone complex. Yes the majority of thyroid hormones produced by the human thyroid gland are T4, however T3 is the most active useable form of thyroid hormone that can be used in the cells of the body. The conversion of T4 to T3 is a critical element in this puzzle. By doctors strictly relying on T4-only medications, they are under the assumption that our bodies are properly converting the T4 to active T3. For many hypothyroid sufferers like me, our bodies don’t convert T4 to T3 properly. Please read my post Top 5 Reasons Doctors Fail To Diagnose Hypothyroidism.

TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone) is the “gold” standard for thyroid diagnosis and treatment in mainstream medicine. Traditional doctors will test TSH and sometimes T4 levels when they suspect thyroid dysfunction, however many do NOT test Free T3 levels. Many traditional doctors will NOT treat patients with natural desiccated thyroid or synthetic T3 drugs even if their patients are not doing well on their T4-only drugs. This focus on TSH and T4 in mainstream medicine is particularly disturbing to me considering the studies published linking low Free T3 levels to heart disease.

In one study, a total of 573 consecutive cardiac patients underwent thyroid function profile evaluation. Based on the results of the 1-year follow-up:3

“Low T3 syndrome is a strong predictor of death in cardiac patients.”

In another article published in 2010, researchers wrote:4

“several clinical observational studies showing the important role of a low-T3 state in the prognostic stratification of patients with Heart Failure. Independently of the parameter used, all of these studies showed that impaired T4-to-T3 conversion is associated with a high incidence of fatal events consisting of cardiac or cumulative death or of heart transplantation.”

Dr. William Davis is a renowned cardiologist and author of the #1 New York Times Bestseller Wheat Belly: Lose the Wheat, Lose the Weight, and Find Your Path Back to Health. Dr. Davis wrote an article in 2007 for Health Central, T3: The forgotten thyroid hormoneHe wrote:

What does this have to do with your heart? There’s no question that low thyroid hormone levels act as a potent risk factor for coronary heart disease. While we’ve known for years that people with congestive heart failure or are seriously ill have abnormally low T3 hormone levels, two studies have recently found that people with coronary heart disease also have low T3 levels. These two studies now raise the question of whether low T3 by itself could be associated with increased risk for heart disease.

Dana, Your cholesterol, heart rate, blood pressure, and Cardio CRP have all improved.

My primary care physician shakes his head in amazement. (I had searched for a great thyroid doctor who put me on natural desiccated thyroid that contains both T4 and T3.)

That’s amazing.

Could there be people on statin drugs and blood pressure medication right now who are actually undiagnosed hypothyroidism sufferers? Or could they be hypothyroid patients insufficiently treated for their condition? Hmmm….

All the heart disease patients lined up to visit cardiologists, could some of them actually be undiagnosed or insufficiently treated hypothyroid sufferers? Hmmm….

All the heart surgery patients, were they tested for thyroid dysfunction before the medications were prescribed and surgery performed? Hmmm….

All our loved ones who have died of heart attacks, strokes or other heart disease complications, did they ever have their Free T3 levels tested?  Hmmmm…..

According to the World Heart Federation, heart disease is the number one killer of women around the world.5 The Thyroid Federation International estimates there are up to 300 million people worldwide, majority women, with thyroid dysfunction, yet over half are unaware of their condition.6 Hmmm…

References:

  1. Klein, I., Danzi, S. Cardiovascular Involvement in General Medical Conditions: Thyroid Disease and the Heart. Circulation 2007; 116: 1725-1735
  2. Thyroid Federation International. Thyroid and heart. Retrieved from: http://www.thyroidweek.com/en/thyroid-heart-hormones-impact-your-heart.html?CSRT=15321360963383794914
  3. Iervasi, G MD, et al. Low-T3 Syndrome: A Strong Prognostic Predictor of Death in Patients with Heart Disease. Circulation 2003;107:708-713
  4. Gerdes, A.M., Iervasi, G MD. Contemporary Reviews in Cardiovascular Medicine: Thyroid Replacement Therapy and Heart Failure. Circulation 2010;122:385-393
  5. World Heart Federation. Women and cardiovascular disease. Retrieved from: http://www.world-heart-federation.org/press/fact-sheets/women-and-cardiovascular-disease/
  6. Thyroid Federation International. Be Thyroid Aware. Retrieved from: http://www.thyroidweek.com/en/be-thyroid-aware.html

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About Dana Trentini

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+

Comments

  1. Adam Reynard says:

    Human Thyroid Health Study Showing Benefits in Immune System Support http://tinyurl.com/bgwaabp
    Curtis Wright, MD, MPH, Medical Director of Rock Creek Pharmaceuticals, to comment, “It is remarkable that dietary supplementation is able to help lower the thyroid antibody activity. To see antibodies that may have been elevated for years beginning to come down in a significant way after three months of supplementation is exciting. Given the rate of decline over three months, it is quite reasonable to expect that the effect may continue with longer use, which has already been observed in individual cases. I look forward to following subjects over a longer period in order to establish how profound and clinically meaningful the effect is going to be. The thyroglobulin levels in some patients returned entirely to normal in this three month study.”
    Dr. Paul Ladenson, senior endocrinological consultant for the study, stated, “Data from this rigorously conducted, placebo-controlled, double blind trial show that anatabine-treated subjects had progressive decreases in circulating thyroglobulin antibody levels, which became significant by the end of the trial. Current treatment for autoimmune thyroiditis is limited to end-stage disease when irreversible gland damage necessitates lifelong thyroid hormone replacement. The prospect of a novel nutritional or pharmaceutical intervention that could preserve thyroid health represents an encouraging advance. Further clinical studies are now warranted.”

    • Adam Reynard says:

      What are your thoughts on this study? This is a product that is available today at GNC.

      • Dana Trentini says:

        Hi Adam, I love digging through research so I appreciate you sharing this with me. I don’t have any personal experience with Anatabloc Supplementation for Hashimoto’s, but I am always interested in reading about the newest possible treatments. I look forward to reading the full research article when it is published. Do you have any experience with this type of treatment? Did it work for you?

        • Roberta Bardin says:

          This is going to be very helpful when I go back to my doctor, I told her I still have to many symptoms for everything to be ” normal “. May I share with my thyroid group? Many need to read this

  2. Adam Reynard says:

    Dana Thanks. I know over a hundred people on Anatabloc. My sister with lupus and diabetes. My son with psorasis. My 24 year old neice with Hashimoto. A friend with MS.
    All about inflammation. For me it totally changed my life because I had numerous inflammation issues. Dr. Dr. Paul Ladenson is best in his field.

    Love your video and article. Keep up the great work.

    I have no association with Anatabloc other than being a user.

    • Dana Trentini says:

      Thank you Adam. I am happy that this product is working for you and your family. I have envisioned this blog for 3 years and I have experimented with many “cures” for hypothyroidism. Unfortunately many of them haven’t worked. As you know with chronic illness in your family, chronically ill people like us want to be well and we are vulnerable to product marketing that claim a “cure” to our condition. I am very careful about including products on this blog for this reason. If I mention a product it is because I personally tried it and it worked. It would be wonderful if Anatabloc works to help Hashimoto’s sufferers. I would sing and shout from the roof tops if I found that it works. Thank you for bringing it to my attention. I will definitely follow the progress. I appreciate that you shared with me a treatment option that works for you and your family. I hope other readers will do the same. Thank you Adam.

  3. Dana,
    Bless you for your undaunted research into this confusing disease. The life has literally been draining out of me for the past 6 years and I’ve not known why. Every past doctor wanted to say I was depressed and give me an antidepressant but I inherently knew I WAS depressed BECAUSE I was sick in some other way. I finally found a wonderful ND who was astute enough to order ALL the thyroid tests and sure enough… my TSH is at 10.950 – a little higher than “normal.” No wonder I feel as though I’ve been slowly dying… NO energy, lethargic, constant body pain, muscle weakness, hair and skin problems, memory issues, moodiness, insomnia and now, enlarged heart and heart disease. I wish a doctor would have found this 6 years ago when I first became ill. I think of all the life I’ve missed out on, quality time while my son has been growing up, time with friends, helping in my community – everything I COULD have been doing, and it makes me sad. I am so sorry for the loss of your precious baby and am thankful that you are a beacon to women everywhere who can now have a full understanding of the thyroid issue and know how prevalent it is. BLESSINGS to you and your family!

    • Dana Trentini says:

      Thank you for your comment Toni. I really appreciate it very much. I am very sorry for all that’s happened to you. At a TSH close to 10.0 I was like the walking dead so I hear you when you say you felt like the life was draining out of you at a TSH of 10.95. What a blessing that your ND really listened to you and found your thyroid issue. Many hypothyroidism sufferers are incorrectly diagnosed depressed and given anti-depressants when really the issue is a thyroid problem. What upsets me that now you have heart disease from the lack of awareness of your doctors. I am sorry to hear this and wish you well. I hope that with the help of your ND your thyroid issues will improve and your heart disease will improve too. Keep in touch and welcome to Hypothyroid Mom.

      • I have been hypothyroid since I was 14 , so almost 30 years ,. I regularly get tsh levels 75 to 150 not 10. I’m thrilled if they’re that low. I take 300mcg daily of levothyroxine.
        I do have issues, low vit d, low omega 3, low ferritin ( not just low but almost non existant. I snowboard, work out daily (most of the time) I am almost overweight at 150lbs but nothing crazy. Maybe my body is just used to functioning at this level?

  4. WOW! I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism 3 years ago and have been taking .05 mg of levothyroxin. I also was diagnosed with sleep apnea. I have experienced heart palpitations, anxiety, poor blood circulation, high cholesterol, and seem to continuously gain weight even when I diet and exercise. Is hypothyroidism a death sentence? I am glad I found this article but I am also scared to death. Is hypothyroidism curable?Will I have to live with this for the rest of my life?

    • Dana Trentini says:

      Hi Jason, So good to hear from you. I love hearing from my readers. Jason I’ve found literally 300 scientific articles published in the last 10 years connecting thyroid dysfunction to heart disease. I was shocked. This is a real issue for hypothyroid sufferers who are undiagnosed or who are improperly treated for the condition. There is hope that with proper thyroid testing and treatment you can reduce your risks. I am proof of that. My cholesterol and cardio CRP were sky high and my heart rate and blood pressure were far below normal. By changing to a thyroid doctor who really understood this disease she tested not just my TSH (which is what most doctors rely on as the only test) but also my Free T4, Free T3 and thyroid antibodies. She discovered that my Free T4 and Free T3 levels were both low and that a T4 only drug like Levothyroxine wouldn’t work, which explained why Levothyroxine didn’t help me feel better. I still suffered many symptoms like you. She switched me to natural desiccated thyroid which contains T3 in it and I felt better and guess what my cholesterol and cardio CRP reduced, and my heart rate and blood pressure normalized. Crazy right! Jason, you may be like the millions of us that don’t do well on Levothyroxine alone. Speak to your doctor about getting your Free T3 tested and if low adding T3 to your treatment. Now there are mainstream doctors who will refuse to test your Free T3 so be your on advocate and insist…here are two important posts from my blog that will help you understand this in more depth. Best of luck to you and welcome to Hypothyroid Mom!
      http://hypothyroidmom.com/top-5-reasons-doctors-fail-to-diagnose-hypothyroidism/
      http://hypothyroidmom.com/thyroid-hormone-replacement-drug-madness/

      • Dana, I feel like such an idiot, I have never researched my diease until recently. I just put my trust in th doctors and took my little pill. Thank you for providing so much information, I will be spending my weekend knee deep in thyroid articles!

        • Dana Trentini says:

          That is music to my ears Jason. I too did no research on my own and trusted my doctors completely especially when I became pregnant in 2008. I had no idea my doctors were not up to date on thyroid issues especially the thyroid guidelines for pregnancy. I miscarried my baby. This set me off on an over 3 year mission to research everything I could about thyroid conditions and I was shocked by what I found. The good news is there is hope if you get proper testing and treatment. The issue is that mainstream medicine doesn’t take our condition seriously and is using a failing model in treating us. Best of luck to you.

          Love your site “The Health Benefits of Tea”.

          • Heather says:

            Hi Dana.iv just been diagnosed and was told very little, if anything it was kind of shrug off “oh you have an under active thyroid”
            I have NO IDEA and trusted the prescription of Levothyroxine at 50mg. I will try for the 6 weeks until my next blood test and see how im feeling. But thank you for making this site, i am 20 and the thought of loosing a baby scares the hell out of me. I have two children so am blessed to have them but as a woman its scary.

      • Dana, There is also a great deal more historical information about hypothyroidism and heart disease being strongly linked. Until the late 1900′s blood cholesterol levels were used to diagnose – Hypothyroidism!!! since rising cholesterol levels was acknowledged as being caused by hypothyroidism; so why do we have Statin drugs now?
        Dr Broda Barnes researched and reviewed more than 70,000 postmortems. He said all people with heart disease should be tested for hypothyroidism. He also said the TSH blood test fails to diagnose at least half of all those suffering hypothyroidism.
        I have a very strong family history of hypothyroidism. I have a very strong family history of heart disease. I have a very strong family history of rising cholesterol. Interestingly and unsurprisingly those suffering one suffer the other!!! This link was well known by Drs years ago but conveniently has been forgotten in recent years; in the meantime pharmaceutical companies, Drs and others make billions of dollars each year, out of our misery.

        • Dana Trentini says:

          Sally, we think so much alike. In fact I’ve been working on posts about heart disease that bring in the work of Broda Barnes. His books “Hypothyroidism: The Unsuspected Illness” and “Solved: The Riddle of Heart Attacks” are fantastic.

  5. Hi Dana, I’m so glad that I have found your page. I have been unwell for many years and was passed off with antidepressants. I was finally diagnosed with hypothyroidism 2 years ago at the age of 26. The doctor has slowly increased my dosage to 125 micrograms of levothyroxine , although my symptoms are now more bareable , my weight is going through the roof. I stopped taking my pills ( stupidly ) and lost a stone in 2 weeks. My doctor says that the levothyroxine does not cause weight gain but during my time taking it I have increased my overall exercise and I have also changed my diet for the better so my own actions havent caused my weight increase. i know you shouldn’t stop taking thyroid meds due to the serious implications it can cause but I don’t want to be gaining weight. Have you suffered with weight gain as a side effect of thyroxine? Any advice would be appreciated , thank you

    • Dana Trentini says:

      Hi Katy, It is great to hear from you. I am so upset when I hear from hypothyroid readers that they were passed off with antidepressants. This is unfortunately very common for us to be misdiagnosed with mental health issues including depression and bipolar when the real issue is our under-active thyroid that doctors miss. It is so tragic to me. I am very sorry that happened to you. I wish there was one thyroid medication that worked for each of us but the reality is that we each react differently to the different medications. It’s about working with our doctors to explore the different options and dosages to find what’s ideal for you. If you are being treated but you don’t feel well then a closer look at your treatment is needed. Yes we can have side effects to medications so it may be that a change is needed for you. At the same time it’s possible that you have an auto-immune condition called Hashimoto’s, which is a leading cause of hypothyroidism, and that you weight change is really your body going back and forth between hypothyroid and hyperthyroid symptoms, so you should speak with your doctor about having your thyroid antibodies tested. It is important for you to speak with your doctor about your medication, especially since going off medication can be dangerous with a health condition like ours. Levothyroxine is the leading drug that’s prescribed for hypothyroidism. The problem is for many of us this medication fails to give us relief. Many of us on Levothyroxine turn out to have low Free T3 levels when tested by our doctors (which you should speak to your doctor about) and benefit from adding T3 medication or switching completed to natural desiccated thyroid. On Monday I will be posting here on Hypothyroid Mom a post about all the different thyroid drug options so please come back. In the meantime, please speak with your doctor about this and if your doctor is not willing to test your Free T4, Free T3, reverse T3 and thyroid antibodies, then get a second medical opinion. I’ve listed a post here with resources to help you find a thyroid doctor. Also there is an important article attached below about how hypothyroid people with depression often have low Free T3 levels which is the real reason for their depression and that by treatment that includes T3 their depression improves.

      http://www.stopthethyroidmadness.com/thyroid-depression-mental-health/

      http://hypothyroidmom.com/top-10-resources-to-find-a-great-thyroid-doctor-in-2013/

      • Thank you so much for your reply Dana, I will be getting myself back to the doctor this week and hopefully he will look more into my condition. When i was diagnosed as hypo, i wasn’t given any of the information that i have found on your site . i felt as though i was just handed a prescription and expected to get on with it. I am just so worried that living with this condition for the rest of my life is going to be a constant struggle. Thank you again Dana , I’m very grateful for your reply. I will keep you updated with my progress.

        • Dana Trentini says:

          My pleasure Katy. Knowledge is power. Learn everything you can about it so you are an empowered survivor!

  6. Dana Trentini says:

    A Hypothyroid Mom reader named Adam Reynard contacted me about a product called Anatabloc. He is clearly very passionate about this product and attempted to comment as written below but my blogging system blocked it due to the number of links. I am posting this on his behalf. I have no personal experience with this product although I am curious about it from the positive reviews.

    Adam Reynard wrote: Hi Dana Thank you for allowing me to discuss the following. Dana is one of those rare persons that all of us should pay special attention to.

    There is a nutraceutical supplement available at GNC or online at http://www.anatabloc.com called Anatabloc whose main element is anatabline that was used in a recently completed a successful Human Thyroid Study (see http://tinyurl.com/aav8jjz).

    http://anatabloc.com/home/
    http://pdf.reuters.com/pdfnews/pdfnews.asp?i=43059c3bf0e37541&u=urn:newsml:reuters.com:20130107:nPnPH38732

    Anatabloc is really about fighting chronic inflammation in your body. “Inflammation is perhaps the major medical issue of our time and the ability to diminish its risk will change the way we manage health in America / the World.”

    The Human Thyroid Study was a three-month, five-visit, double-blind, placebo-controlled study of the impact of anatabine dietary supplementation in humans with autoimmune disease of the thyroid. The results of the human study paralleled the extremely positive results seen in the peer reviewed mouse study . I expect that the human study will be published once it completes the peer review process.
    The scientist behind the human thyroid test is Dr. Paul Ladenson (from John Hopkins Hospital), senior endocrinological consultant for the study, stated,

    “Data from this rigorously conducted, placebo-controlled, double blind trial show that anatabine-treated subjects had progressive decreases in circulating thyroglobulin antibody levels, which became significant by the end of the trial. Current treatment for autoimmune thyroiditis is limited to end-stage disease when irreversible gland damage necessitates lifelong thyroid hormone replacement. The prospect of a novel nutritional or pharmaceutical intervention that could preserve thyroid health represents an encouraging advance. Further clinical studies are now warranted.”

    Since this blog only allows a few URL references here is a complete reference summary: http://tinyurl.com/bhfqftm

    http://tinyurl.com/bhfqftm

    Comments: 1) The Human Thyroid Study is the First Time in history that an auto-immune disease has been reversed. 2) Dr. Ladenson has been quoted as saying that anatabine is the only substance known to ameliorate thyroiditis 3) no known side effects to nutraceutical supplement available at GNC 4) The Human Thyroid Study is presently being peered reviewed 5) Anyone can call 1-800-778-2031 Extension 4 and talk with Anatabloc physicians 6) on the website http://www.anatabloc.com is a place for doctors to see data

    http://anatabloc.com/home/

    Personal Experience: My 24 year old niece was having severe thyroid problems to the point she was drinking 4-5 Starbuck coffees a day to stay alert. She started on Anatabloc 4 months ago and is doing amazing. Today she cannot stand the smell of coffee…..

    Finally I have been on Anatabloc going on eight months. It has totally changed my life for the better. I am one of those GNC testimonials. I did have a long list of inflammation issues. Not today. I am one happy camper. I know over 100 people taking Anatabloc today.

  7. Adam Reynard says:

    2003 – Dr. Paul Ladenson, directory of the division of Endocrinology at Johns Hopkins, discloses the results of a large epidemiological study on over 16,000 people demonstrating that tobacco use has a beneficial effect on autoimmune thyroid conditions such as Hashimoto’s disease.

    http://tinyurl.com/bjzqfc2

    Today you do not have to smoke to get benefit of anatabine. It is main ingredient in Anatabloc

    • Dana Trentini says:

      Thanks for sharing this Adam. I love people with passion like you. Happy to have you on Hypothyroid Mom!

    • Funny you write about smoking. Both my mother and I were diagnosed with hypothyroidism less than a year after quitting smoking. Other family members as well were diagnosed after quitting smoking. Is this product something you take in addition to, say Armour?

  8. Great web site! You provide a lot of good information and support.
    I’m commenting on Adam Raynard’s postings. My problem is not hypothyroidism but rather it is SECONDARY hypothyroidism. The real problem is my pituitary gland not being able to produce enough TSH. I started taking Anatabloc on Oct. 7th, 2011 and within 2 months, I felt much better. My blood test just before taking Anatabloc showed that my TSH level was 0.3ng/ml. I had another blood test 4 months later and my TSH level had risen to 2.8ng/ml. In the year since that second blood test, I continue to feel better and better. I still get occasional days when fatigue hits me in the afternoons but I no longer spend all day trying to stay awake and trying to stay warm.

  9. Then you have people like me- 34f- very fit. I did great on t4 only at 75mcg (extremely high tpo, hashi dx) but as a nurse I looked at nature thyroid to try it and that sent me on a 3 year nightmare. I started having panic attacks, resting heart rate was low already at 50-60 because I’m an athlete- but started dropping to 42bpm at night. Then my naturopath put me on combo t4/t3. I developed atrial fib, lost a lot of weight I don’t have to lose and nearly died. My best feeling is t4 only at 75mcg and tsh of 3.5. Any higher or lower and my heart freaks out. So… Where do I fit in here? I really think these studies are wrong- what about diet, exercise, etc of these samples? I think you’ve got to go based on symptoms and we hashi folks have to have perfect diet and exercise regimes- period. High selenium helped with my tpo levels as well. But I can’t have a tsh over or under 3.5 or else… Cardiology shows great heart, svt arrythmia irritated by thyroid fluctuation.

    • Dana Trentini says:

      Hi Ka, It’s great to hear from you. It’s important to hear from readers with different experiences with thyroid medications because the reality is that we are each individual in how we react to the different thyroid medications and what’s optimal for us in terms of thyroid lab test ranges is also unique to us. It’s about finding what works for each of us. I wish there were just one drug that worked for everyone but there isn’t. It’s about finding what works for you. Curious if your Free T4, Free T3 and Reverse T3 levels are tested? For myself I find that those levels are the most helpful in my case to find where I am optimal. I am most sensitive to changes in my Free T3 levels so when they are too low I don’t feel well. My body just doesn’t convert the T4 in the T4 only drugs to the active T3 so I need the addition of T3. However for other people their body’s do great on T4 because their bodies do well at the conversion to the active T3. My guess is that your Free T3 levels are in the top end of the range while on the T4 only medications because you are properly converting the T4 to T3 and that’s why you do well on the T4. I also wonder if you’ve had your adrenals tested by cortisol saliva testing. I ask because many people that don’t tolerate the addition of T3 actually suffer from adrenal function. The other common issue in people not reacting well is ferritin and iron levels. It would be a good idea to have your Free T4 and Free T3 and Reverse T3 levels all tested to be sure you are optimally treated. Have you been tested for thyroid antibodies for Hashimoto’s?

      • My first thought when reading Ka Mack’s comment was that it is likely there is another problem causing her ‘heart’ reactions to thyroid supplement and my thoughts were as you mentioned, low adrenal function.
        Our bodies are not so different in the way they function however, the way disease and disorder affects our body is different in that the disease or disorder may be mild, moderate or extreme and variations of those variations too. In the case of hypothyroidism our bodies will behave in similar ways but with variations as described. I suspect Ka your body is crying out for more thyroid hormone BUT there are other things affecting your body and those things prevent your body from tolerating more thyroid hormone.
        Some people with hypothyroidism do not know they have hypothyroidism but their TSH is very raised, they take thyroid hormone supplement and nothing changes. For others many other aspects of our body has been disrupted before treatment is started and those other aspects need treatment too; they should not be ignored.
        Low thyroid function and low adrenal function go hand in hand, like brother and sister. Those Drs who are well versed in thyroid issues and good treatments will suggest low adrenal function should be addressed INADVANCE of thyroid treatment being started.
        Panic attacks are absolutely due to low adrenal function. Ka, your heart is ‘freaking out’ because you have both low adrenal function which is untreated and when you take thyroid hormones particularly T3 the effect is as you describe. Low adrenal function can be treated with vitamins, minerals and adaptogen herbs, although your adrenal glands can also benefit from supplemented hormones such as DHEA. In severe cases; and it may be that Ka, your low adrenal function is quite severe; you may need PHYSIOLOGICAL doses of CORTISOL (Hydrocortisone). Physiological doses are recommended and not the high doses normally prescribed by many Drs. Physiological doses are very samll doses which rather than knocking adrenal gland function out completely, simply supports the adrenal glands and enables them to recover their good function.
        Look up Adrenal Fatigue; many conventional Drs do not recognise it, read Dr Barry Durrant-Peatfield’s book “Your Thyroid and how to keep it healthy”. It is important to educate yourself further about these issues.
        Don’t dismiss your symptoms it is essential you address them. Low functioning adrenals will intime cause more and more problems; as does low functioning thyroid, you need to address both.

        • Dana Trentini says:

          Hi Sally, I agree with you 100% that Ka should have her adrenals tested with a saliva cortisol test that includes saliva at several times in one day. As you describe, the adrenals and thyroid are so intertwined that ideally every thyroid sufferers should have their adrenals tested. It is very common for people to react poorly to the addition of thyroid drugs including T3 and natural desiccated thyroid due to adrenal issues, as well as iron/ferritin issues. Thanks.

  10. Adam Reynard says:

    The real enemy on heart disease is inflammation not cholesterol.

    This is from Pat Robertson’s cable TV show. He discusses inflammation as the source of heart problems, rather than cholesterol. He also tears into sugars, corn syrup, hydrogenated fats and so forth, discussing this with a woman whose name escapes me.

    It does not mention Anatabloc, but it does set up a pretty good case for why one should consider taking anti-inflammatory medicines. Plus the benefits of Anatabloc for thyroid problems.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AwkBB2Z6914&feature=youtube_gdata_player

    • Dana Trentini says:

      Thanks for sharing this Adam. I’ll watch it right now.

    • I whole hearted agree that the case for Rising/high cholesterol levels causing heart disease is incorrect and further that indeed it is chronic inflammation which is the cause. I agree with much of what you say except the comment about anti-inflammatory medicines.
      I think you are wrong to suggest anti-inflammatory drugs as a treatment, there are many things you can do to reduce inflammation rather than resorting to drugs which all carry risks due to side effects.

      In the literature Homocysteine levels and CRP levels as well as rising cholesterol levels are strong heart disease predictors. Rising cholesterol and CRP are associated with hypothyroidism and so control hypothyroidism and your risk will fall, but what about homocysteine? CRP measures chronic inflammation in the body.
      Firstly Hypothyroidism will cause chronic inflammation; it is essential to get the right diagnosis and treatment regarding this condition and with that ensure you monitor your CRP (C-reactive protein) levels and with good thyroid support both CRP and cholesterol levels will fall naturally.
      Homocysteine also has an association with hypothyroidism in that hypothyroidism disrupts your digestive function. Low stomach acid makes it difficult to breakdown proteins and if stomach acid manufacture is low then so too is Intrinsic Factor.
      Intrinsic factor must be present for Vitamin B12 to be transported to the gut and absorbed into the blood stream. Further other nutrients cannot be well absorbed if stomach acid is low, even the supplements you take will not be well absorbed.
      So you need to supplement stomach acid and other digestive enzymes.
      There is plenty of evidence about raised homocysteine levels causing heart disease – what happens when we eat protein is it is broken down into amino acids, one such amino acid is Methionine. This amino acid then breaks down further and part of it becomes homocysteine. This is normal and in relatively low levels will not cause any problems. When levels become high they cause inflammation as they ‘rough up’ the velvety smooth artery lining. When this inflammation in the lining of the arteries occurs it stimulates a natural cascade of events which occur to protect and heal the body.
      Methionine is taken in huge quantities in the west due to high consumption of meat products. Those who consume large quantities of meat products are likely to have higher levels of homocystein and if they also have hypothyroidism then the combination can be very problematic.
      There are supplements/nutrients which can help prevent heart disease; they are mainly B vitamins. Vitamin B3, Vitamin B6 and Vitamin B9 and B12, also zinc and magnesium and Vitamin C and Vitamin E. Vitamin E should not be taken with blood thinning drugs or in advance of planned surgeical procedures, however, it is fine to take otherwise.
      These vitamins and minerals will help to reduce chronic inflammation and risks of heart disease along with good thyroid treatment.
      Vitamin C will also support your immune system against infection. Infection causes inflammation too. Wash your hands after doing dirty jobs and before preparing food or going to the bathroom and particuarly public conveniences; although don’t get too obsessive about this. Taking additional Vitamin C supplements throughout the day is important and increase the dose if there are family members with coughs and colds etc. Eating good organic fresh foods helps too, providing the essential nutrients required by your immune system. Support your adrenal glands; I’ve spoken about this in detail. Cortisol produced by the adrenal glands is the bodys own anti-inflammatory steroid hormone. Low functioning adrenals may produce either too much or too little Cortisol. Stress changes the chemical balance in the body and particualry Cortisol levels; over time stress will deplete the ability of the adrenal glands to function properly and so Cortisol levels which should balance with DHEA levels may become imbalacned and a chronic inflammatory situation can occur.
      Certain foods are PRO inflammatory too; the deadly nightshade group of ‘fruits’ such as potatoes, tomatoes, aubergines and peppers, etc. ANTI-inflammatory foods include garlic, oily fish etc. Also remember our western diet is rich in Omega Fats 6,9 these are PRO-inflammatory whereas Omega 3 is ANTI-inflammatory; it is appropriate to take Omega 3 supplements to balalnce the imbalance of Omegas in the western diet and particuarly if you suffer an inflammatory condition or to prevent heart disease. the other controvertial pooint which I have touched on is Meat, meat causes inflammation. those who insist on eating meat in their diet should limit their intake, substitute it with fish on at least two days a week also go at least two days without eating meat and further when you do eat meat the portion should be no larger than a credit card. Meat and sugars cause the body to become acid whereas the body should be alkaline and following an alkaline diet will also reduce inflammation. And so on….
      There is much whcih can be done to minimise inflammation and thus prevent heart disease WITHOUT resorting to anti-inflammatory drugs.

  11. Adam Reynard says:

    Thank you Sally. Not sure you missed the point. The “anti-inflammatory medicine is the

    nutraceutical supplement called Anatabloc which stops chronic inflammation . Plus there already been a human thyroid study. See below. Plus it is sold in 4,000 GNC stores and online. Read the testimonials at GNC.

    Read about the human studies of CRP and Anatabine (Anatabloc). It knocks CRP way down. In fact they just completed a human clinical study using Anatabine.

    Official Title: A 12-week Multi-site Trial of the Dietary Supplement Anatabine (RCP006) to Determine the Effects on Peripheral Markers of Inflammation in Patients With Elevated Levels of C-reactive Protein (CRP)

    Anatabine Human Thyroid Study

    Thyroglobulin levels in some patients returned entirely to normal in study.

    “The potential of anatabine citrate, the active ingredient in Anatabloc, has been validated by the completed human thyroiditis study performed by a number of noted endocrinologists from Johns Hopkins Medical School, chiefly the director of endocrinology and metabolism, Dr. Paul W. Ladenson.

    The results of this study are simply stunning. Because this is a nutraceutical, however, Star cannot use words like “cure” or “treat.” If they did use that language, the legal status of the compound would then be shifted to “drug” status and would require full regulatory approval. This would be a tragedy for human health, as the actual announced preliminary results of the study are historic, providing the only hope for preventing or reversing thyroiditis and other autoimmune-related diseases.

    In other words, all the scientific markers of thyroiditis were decreasing and continuing to improve over time, even at low doses. This is simply astonishing. Nothing has ever produced these results before, and anybody at risk for thyroiditis would be crazy at this point, given two years of toxicity data from Harvard, not to use Anatabloc.”

  12. Adam Reynard says:

    Here are some of the details of human CRP study using anatabine.

    CRP levels in our body, it appears a study was completed in January. w Hopefully we will know something soon with official results.
    Study Start Date: May 2011
    Study Completion Date: January 2013
    Primary Completion Date: January 2013 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)

    Effect of Anatabine on Elevated Blood Levels of C-reactive Protein
    This study has been completed.
    Sponsor:
    Roskamp Institute Inc.
    Information provided by (Responsible Party):
    Roskamp Institute Inc.
    ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
    NCT01607619
    First received: February 3, 2012
    Last updated: January 24, 2013
    Anatabine is main element in Anatabloc. It is not a “drug.” or “drug medicine.” Sold at 4,000 GNC stores.

  13. I have a thyroid nodule (cyst with nodule) for over a year now and I have had ultrasounds, and a FNAB where they drained the cyst but couldn’t get enough cells from the nodule to get a diagnosis. That was done about a yr ago and this last month went for another ultrasound and it has since grown from 2cm to 3.6cm…so they have ordered another FNAB…

    Now my concern is my sypmtoms are like those of hypothyroidism.. (huge weight gain, never ever in my life had to worry about my weight til now, was always skinny…tired all the time, body aches where the doctor thinks it’s either arthritis or carpal tunnel. .major chronic hives, had allergy tests done but it seems It was inconclusive because the resukts were positive for everything…where as I had allergy tests done a few yrs ago and all was negative. ..there is no history of allergies either..never ever in my life have had hives until now. now all this had been going on for over a year…yet my blood levels are normal..had tsh and t4 blood work done a few times over the past year and always come back normal….to let you know I am 51 and haven’t reach menapause yet…don’t no if it’s because of my age or what…but would love some input….
    thanks :)

    • Dana Trentini says:

      Hi Barbara,

      I apologize on the delay in responding. I just read your comment and wanted to be sure to respond. First off TSH and T4 are not enough to paint a full picture. Testing should include Free T4 (not Total T4 which may be what was tested for you), Free T3, Reverse T3 and thyroid antibodies.

      http://hypothyroidmom.com/top-5-reasons-doctors-fail-to-diagnose-hypothyroidism/

      The other big issue is that the “normal” ranges are very broad so someone may be “normal” but not optimal. Thyroid advocate Mary Shomon wrote: “More innovative doctors are beginning to believe that a TSH of around 1 – 2 — in the low end of the normal range — is optimal for most people to feel well and avoid having hypothyroid or hyperthyroid symptoms. Similarly, some practitioners feel that optimal hypothyroidism treatment includes Free T4 in the top half of the normal range, and Free T3 in the top 25th percentil of the normal range.” Ask for a copy of your lab results and see what your actual scores are and to the right of the scores will be the normal reference ranges.

      http://thyroid.about.com/cs/hypothyroidism/a/notwell.htm

  14. I’m not active in terms of researching studies about thyroid since I just put all my faith in the doctors and their medications. Your article provided me enough information that I need but I need to learn more and I’m going to do it! Thanks, Dana.

    • Dana Trentini says:

      FANTASTIC Joel! Learn all you can about this topic and be an advocate for yourself. Happy to have you on my blog!

  15. Adam Reynard says:

    Well I have been on Anatabloc for going on nine months. My inflammation issues are many because of advanced age….. well 62. I have to say I do feel years younger but that is another story.

    I decided to have my blood work done last week and my CRP was an outstanding 1.23. We all need to focus on this inflammation marker more. Over 3 one needs to be concerned.

    “Inflammation is perhaps the major medical issue of our time and the ability to diminish its risk will change the way we manage health in America / the World.”

    Here is the my one sentence summary of Anatabloc

    Nutraceutical Supplement ANATABLOC AT GNC works on reducing and modulating INFLAMMATION throughout the entire body hence amazing MUSCLE RECOVERY from exercise, SLOWS AGING and REDUCES PAIN plus a natural ANTIDEPRESSANT that makes you feel YEARS YOUNGER ALL for a daily cost of less than a cup of coffee.

    • Dana Trentini says:

      Hi Adam, So happy to hear Anatabloc is working for you! Particularly promising to read your CRP levels reduced!

  16. Thank you Dana for sharing your experiences, your personal research and story with everyone.
    I just wanted to chime in about anatabloc
    It is pretty obvious, anatabloc is being aggressively marketed all over the internet using various fictitious stories and sock puppet accounts as a magical-cure all for pain and now for hypothyroidism.
    The company behind the product is no mom-and-pop shop, they are a multi-million dollar operation and, you know when millions of dollars in profit are online, PhDs, and doctors can easily be hired to produce “research” and even entire books, supporting certains products or diets.
    People please do your research instead of spending money on unproven and possibly dangerous products. The quantity of 1-star reviews of REAL people in amazon.com for anatabloc are just as many as the positive reviews, which shows, something is not right.
    The overly aggressive marketing is just a typical bad sign of a company trying to make a fast buck of an unproven supplement, just based on a study which hasn’t even been published. Sorry but the whole thing smells like a scam to me.
    Thank you.

    • Dana Trentini says:

      Hi GD,
      I appreciate you sharing your views on this product. I have not personally tried it so I cannot say one way or another. Not until I have tried something myself will I recommend it to others. I am open to hearing about different products and reader reviews of them because there is always hope that a product exists that does make a difference. It’s important to hear the good and the bad and then make decisions on what’s right for us individually.

  17. Lori Chicone says:

    I was taking thyroid medicine for 45 years and the Dr took me off of them 2 years ago. Since then, I am depressed, gained weight, can’t sleep. Since 1994 I have hight blood pressure and cholesterol. the last 2 years have been nauseated, loss of hair, eyelashes and eyebrow, heart palpations, tired all the time and problem concentrating. Just by chance can not taking the medicine cause all these problems?

  18. I found out i had hypothyroidism 3yrs ago. I take levothyroxin and antidepressant. I also take a waterpill due to my weight gain and i break out in hives all the time and i swell up so bad.(EVERYWHERE) There is times i cant walk. It is so painful. I have no energy and the heat about kills me. Any suggestions on why i get hives and swell up? They have tested for arthritis,allergies,etc.

  19. My doctor says that the natural thyroid treatment can not be monitored properly.
    I have been diagnosed with hypothyroidism and I am awaiting results on Hashimoto’s.
    I am very interested in the natural but a little wary of how you can know for sure it is working and that you are not overdosing?
    I really do not want to go for the synethic meds.
    I would appreciate advice, I am guessing this talk line was made a while ago but if you get this message, I would appreciate your advice and help.
    Thankyou

    • Dana Trentini says:

      Hi Leona,

      Thyroid advocate Mary Shomon included an article at her About.com Thyroid Disease site. Here is what was written about this topic:

      “Myth #3: NATURAL DESICCATED THYROID IS UNSAFE BECAUSE OF ITS VARIABLE POTENCY.

      Here is the truth. Natural desiccated thyroid drugs (Armour Thyroid and Nature-throid are two common brand names of natural desiccated thyroid in the US) are known to be safe and effective. In some patients, they are superior to levothyroxine, even when the T3 medications are combined with the standard T4 (levothyroxine).

      The accusation of variability in natural thyroid drugs is an example of an enduring myth. Actually, the FDA has repeatedly found synthetic thyroid (levothyroxine) to be variable in dose per pill.

      Unfortunately, insurance companies are now on this mythology bandwagon. Some have recently begun writing to patients and doctors saying they will no longer cover natural desiccated thyroid prescriptions. They recommend a switch to levothyroxine, even though it is more expensive. This is a strange choice for insurance companies to make, but they are starting to do it. They have obviously bought into the mythology, perhaps because of influence from large drug manufacturers who seek to reduce competition from less expensive natural thyroid.”

      http://thyroid.about.com/od/gettestedanddiagnosed/a/The-Five-Most-Harmful-Thyroid-Myths.htm

      I am personally on Nature-throid and doing great for the last 4 years so much so that I got pregnant and had my second son in 2010 while on Nature-throid. My dosages have remained pretty constant with adjustments during my pregnancy and postpartum but I’ve consistently felt well on it and have not had this experience.

      There is no one drug that works for everyone so I am not suggesting that natural desiccated thyroid is right for everyone. However it’s important to know this is an available option to consider. It may mean changing doctors to find someone open to exploring this with you.

      http://hypothyroidmom.com/thyroid-hormone-replacement-drug-madness/

      http://hypothyroidmom.com/top-10-resources-to-find-a-great-thyroid-doctor-in-2013/

  20. To boost your metabolism, do more cardio. Cardiovascular exercises help to increase your metabolic rate for a few hours after exercising. You can burn up to fifteen percent more calories than normal in the fourty-eight hours following a cardiovascular workout without doing anything extra. You will burn these extra calories while going through your normal-everyday routine. To boost your metabolism, do more cardio. Cardiovascular exercises help to increase your metabolic rate for a few hours after exercising. You can burn up to fifteen percent more calories than normal in the fourty-eight hours following a cardiovascular workout without doing anything extra. You will burn these extra calories while going through your normal-everyday routine.

  21. Veronica Ademoye says:

    I have found all the information very informative but I have not seen information for someone that has had their Thyroid Gland completely removed. I had my procedure done in 2011 and was prescribed by my Primary Care Physician Levothyroxine 0.2 MG at 1 tablet a day. I just recently started my meds up again after being off for about 2 1/2 months due to a lack of insurance and I feel horrible. I have been back on my meds since August 19th.I need to be pointed in the right direction. Help!

    • Dana Trentini says:

      Hi Veronica,

      I have readers on this page with hypothyroidism due to different causes including thyroidectomy due to thyroid cysts/nodules/goiter/cancer, RAI from Graves, Hashimoto’s, etc. Proper diagnosis and treatment is the same for us all. There are two main issues. One is that TSH is often the only test done but this does not give a full picture. Testing should include Free T4, Free T3, Reverse T3, thyroid antibodies, adrenals, full iron panel and D3. Levothyroxine drugs are the number one drug prescribed but they don’t work for us all. Our bodies have to convert the T4 hormone to the active T3 hormone our bodies need however for many of us our bodies don’t convert properly and why many of us benefit from the addition of T3 medication.

      http://hypothyroidmom.com/which-is-the-best-thyroid-drug-for-hypothyroidism/

      For individuals with removal of their thyroid there is even more reason to seek the help of a doctor who will explore natural desiccated thyroid. NDT is derived from pig thyroid that closely resembles in structure to the human thyroid gland. The human thyroid gland consists not just of T4 hormone but also T3, T2, T1, calcitonin, etc. So by just giving a person with a thyroidectomy Levothyroxine T4 hormone medication only they are missing out on all the other components of the thyroid gland.

      http://hypothyroidmom.com/thyroid-hormone-replacement-drug-madness/

  22. I have hypothyroidism and have been suffering for years being told I needed to take anti-depression and anxiety pills, I have mostly all of the hypo symptoms plus irregular heart or palpitations. I finally was prescribed Synthroid by an endo dr and my labs were normal, I am Vitamin D deficient. Well I have been on Synthroid for months and still suffering with symptoms and I happen to be at my family Dr’s office and asked about a T4 & T3 medication. I told him I had read that Synthroid is just a T4 med and if I am still symptomatic that it may be that I am not converting to T3. So he prescribed me Armour Thyroid 60 mg and I am less symptomatic and am starting to feel better but I still have the palpitations or irregular heart beats that at night keep me from falling asleep and then it wakes me out of my sleep at least 2 times every night. I had the heart beat issues before meds and I still have them. Should I worry about heart problems with a T4 & T3 med. I keep reading that its dangerous and dr’s don’t like prescribing them.

    • Dana Trentini says:

      Hi Anna,

      Have you had your Free T4, Free T3, Reverse T3, thyroid antibodies, adrenals and full iron panel tested? If not that is the first step. The heart palpitations could be due to thyroid antibodies if they are present for Hashimoto’s but often times thyroid antibodies are not routinely tested. Also poor adrenals or low iron can prevent the thyroid hormone from being properly utilized by the cells and can result in hyperthyroid symptoms like heart palpitations. So it’s important to have these tests done to understand if one of these factors is happening for you. Given your heart issues it would be worth it for you to seek a 2nd medical opinion to be sure you are being optimally treated.

      http://hypothyroidmom.com/top-10-resources-to-find-a-great-thyroid-doctor-in-2013/

  23. I lost confidence in the docs when first I was told I was not hypothyroid, then suffered for months until I wound up in the ER. There they finally found the problem. Then they all wanted to put me on Synthroid, which is horrible. (See stopthethyroidmadness.com) Finally I found one doctor that would give me Armour. But I found that I did even better with Thyrogold, a nonprescription help made by a doctor. With all prescription meds it’s “One size fits all. You’ve got this highly controversial blood result and we are going to give you this one size fits all prescription.” With Thyrogold I can take what really works for me. (This may be true for other OTC thyroid helps, but that’s the one that worked for me personally.) I go by symptoms. Am I cold, sluggish, brain foggy? I need more. Is my pulse rate getting past 80? I need less.
    I didn’t just lose confidence in the docs because of the thyroid issue, but for other reasons as well. I’m sure some want to do the right thing. I’m sure some don’t, but just want quick in & quiick out patients who will get even more sick and be more frequent patients because of their Big Pharma scripts.
    For ex. I had high blood pressure for the first time in my life. It was only very mildly high. The doctor reached for her script pad to put me on Statin drugs! They have horrible side effects. Like, they cause brain fog, so I wouldn’t have known, as I stumbled into her office over & over, why I was having so many increasing health problems for her to “treat.”
    I knew I had been having too much salt but she didn’t even ask about my salt, or anything just wanted to put me on statin drugs. I lowered the salt and got rid of her and my blood pressure went right back to normal.

    • Dana Trentini says:

      Hi Patricia,

      I’m happy you found what works for you. I do worry about the over the counter thyroid products that contain animal thyroid gland in them like Thyrogold. I worry because should a person take too much too little without thyroid testing they may end up taking too much or too little for their bodies both of which could be dangerous for that person. I have readers who take products like these with doctor supervision. Have you found a doctor who will regularly test your thyroid for you to help with your dosages.

  24. Hi Dana,
    I’m a 52 yr old perimenopausal woman and I have to say, I find your information mindblowing. I have been hypo for 14 years. Never felt good since, even though I am in “normal” range (Lol). I cannot find a good “thyroid” doctor. Anywhere. This year, I started putting on weight and 3 months ago had palpitations and tachycardia. Scared the “#%it” out of me. Ever since, I have become totally paranoid about having a heart attack. Now I read your info – which I have to say I had not heard about before. But, logic is telling me that it makes sense. I also recently heard that I should not take calcium for at least 4 hours after taking Synthroid. And, that a high fiber diet interferes with Synthroid! There you go. I consume both. Why the hell doesn’t anyone tell you these things? Doctors, I mean? I always knew that if you don’t regulate your thyroid, cardiac arrest can happen. I didn’t know that it will probably happen anyway even if you have so-called normal TSH values. Great. But, love your blog. Thanks.

  25. Dana-

    I don’t even know where to start. My daughter is 11 and has had symptoms for the last 5 years. I have had her go to SEVERAL different doctors just trying to get some answers. She has most if not ALL the classic Hypothyroid symptoms. weight gain, swollen puffy face, abdominal pain, leg pain (severe), headaches, low vitamin D, low IgA, very short in stature and most alarming- her triglycerides are through the roof (595!!!) and her HDL is 32, despite swimming 1.5 hrs 3-4 times a week. I don’t even know if she knows what it feels like to “feel good”. It seems to all have started after she had a tonsils and adnoids out. She was 3rd percentile for weight her first 7 years of life. After her tonsils were taken out (because of sleep apnea and strep infections) she gained 15 pounds that very next month- and has been steadily gaining ever since. she is now 95th % for weight. She seems to hold most of it in her belly- mid section. I have done a fair amount of research and have found that there is a correlation between tonsilectomey and hypothyroidism. I am sick at what has happened. knowing that this will most likely be a life long issue. We are going to see an endo next week- her pediatrician and GI doctors are not helpful in the least. I feel like I have had to do all the research and investigating myself, my trust in doctors has gone way down.

    • Dana Trentini says:

      Hello Andrea, I apologize for the delay in responding. I’ve had close to 4 million people weekly on my site and Hypothyroid Mom Facebook page the past two months and it’s been a challenge answering everyone’s questions. I am very sorry to hear about your daughter. My brother has hypothyroidism too recently diagnosed at age 40 but his symptoms really began after his tonsillectomy when he was a young boy. He too had the rapid weight gain and fatigue begin after his surgery. I’ve read too the connection between tonsillectomy and the onset of hypothyroidism.

      http://www.stopthethyroidmadness.com/causes-of-hypo/

      Now the key is getting your daughter to a great doctor. I put together resources to help readers locate good doctors. I don’t know if all these doctors listed care for children too but worth checking.

      http://hypothyroidmom.com/top-10-resources-to-find-a-great-thyroid-doctor-in-2013/

      There is an online group for parents of children with hypothyroidism that you may want to join to connect with other parents in the same situation and get their thoughts. Best wishes for your daughter.

      https://www.facebook.com/groups/FTPOCHILDRENS/

    • Andrea,
      I do hope you read this! Your post has really helped! My 12 year old daughter had been getting sick with allergies for years. Last summer she was diagnosed with low Igg, IGA, IGM (extremely low on across the board). Also had pneumonia. She had her tonsils and adenoids removed in December. Her allergy doc also told me she has no allergies, according to her test results. She has exercise induced asthma. Her ENT doc doesn’t believe that she doesn’t have allergies. 2 years ago I had her thyroid tested. They said it was fine, even though she was high end of normal. Recently, she has begun to put on the pounds. She experiences same symptoms as your daughter. Fatigue and headaches were terrible. She also gets IV treatments every 3 weeks. Same as my 11 year old daughter. The difference between my two daughters is the weight gain and the symptoms. My youngest has not had the tonsil and adenoid removal. She does have allergies. Both of my children swim competitively and play travel soccer. You have given me another reason to have my 12 year old ‘ s thyroid tested again. The reason both receive the IV therapy is due to low white blood cells- auto immune deficiency. I asked my doc to run same IGG testing on me but he refuses. I have Hashimoto’s which I inherited from my mother’s side. I want to know if either of my two youngest daughters will get Hashimoto’s too, since they already tested positive for autoimmune problems. I was told it is rare to have two children with low IGG levels. My eldest daughter was tested and does not have it, thank God. I hope you are able to help your daughter! Just curious, anyone else on here do IV therapy due to their Hashimoto’s? I have been told that IV therapy is sometimes needed. Sorry for the ramble, I just know how miserable I am. I just want to be able to help my children out and not let them suffer like I have.

  26. Adam Reynard says:

    Andrea……… All inflammation issues. See if you can get the Docs to test her C Reactive Protein or CRP….. measures body inflammation

    Research Dr. Paul W. Ladenson anatabine thyroid and Anatabloc GNC which is a Nutraceutical.

    Drives inflammation out of the body. Call 1-800-778-2031 after researching and discuss with physicians.

    Falls Church, Virginia. Sep. 19, 2012 The American Thyroid Association (ATA) today announced today announced it will honor Paul W. Ladenson, MD, of Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, with the 2012 Lewis E. Braverman Award on Sept. 21 at the 82nd ATA Annual Meeting in Québec City, Québec, Canada

    Dr. Paul Ladenson, senior endocrinological consultant for the study, stated, “Data from this rigorously conducted, placebo-controlled, double blind trial show that anatabine-treated subjects had progressive decreases in circulating thyroglobulin antibody levels, which became significant by the end of the trial. Current treatment for autoimmune thyroiditis is limited to end-stage disease when irreversible gland damage necessitates lifelong thyroid hormone replacement. The prospect of a novel nutritional or pharmaceutical intervention that could preserve thyroid health represents an encouraging advance. Further clinical studies are now warranted.”

    Prayers with you.

  27. Dana,
    My thyroid has been killing me for over 45 years. I am 58 and have so many symptoms it is mind boggling plus always had low body temp, low pulse. You can bet I am getting my C reactive protein tested. Question is, do I go to cardiologist with the information or where. Had 2 nuclear stress tests over last 20 years (most recently 6 years ago and they were fine but not sure what shows and doesn’t show with those exams). Hopefully, I can reverse some of the damage if I don’t die before then.

  28. Here is it almost a year later and this great article is still helping people ~ ME
    Quick history dx chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia in 2009, stroke 2011 @47 (oops now you know I’m 50 lol)
    Lost 60+ on WW but stuck. Wasn’t feeling well dr ordered tests ~ put me on meds. Back for check-up ordered ultrasound of thyroid, going to retest in 6 months, was 5.4
    Started having weird upper chest tightness so now sending me to cardiologist (why do they all think they’re gods?)
    I’ve been on meds 4 months and this week’s tests showed my numbers have gone up. I love my md as he truly believes and supports his chronic fatigue patients. After all I’ve been through I know no matter what I have to advocate for myself

    I have been feeling like death. I had a cold for almost 2 weeks before I could kick it. Sometimes I think I’m just lazy or a hypochondriac when I say I’m tired all the time.
    Of course I found your site at 1130pm so I’ll be back tomorrow for more reading. Thank you for sharing your story.

  29. I’ve been struggling with this disease for about 3 yrs now. I had my thyroid completely removed because it was cancerous. I should have kept the thyroid than deal with the after affects of not having a thyroid. Diabetes, high blood pressure, bad cholesterol, muscle aches and pains, trouble walking, high risk to infections and sicknesses. Before I went for my radiation treatment I almost died because my body was shutting down from lack of hormones. While in the E.R. The attending physician told my wife and I that I’m being used as someone’s guinea pig because the medical field doesn’t know enough about thyroid disease. He mentioned he was once one of the doctors who took thyroid cases but had to stop because the government stopped funding the research. We couldn’t believe what he told us. It made perfect sense though because the glandular disease clinic where I was being treated didn’t listen to anything I would tell them. When I told them I was having a lot of trouble walking they told me it was all in my head! Needless to say I left this clinic and ended up seeing a endocrinologist at the University Hospital. She stressed diet and exercise along with my meds to control my hormone levels. I was put on lev other oxide 112mcg and 125mcg. I’ve been living in he’ll ever since, I’ve become disabled because I can no longer work. I went from working 60 plus hrs a week to not being able to crawl out of bed sometimes. I live in pain everyday of my life. It’s torture. I’ve got a family with 4 young children. I can’t even keep up with them as I should. I know eventually this disease will claim me even though it’s in remission. It’s to many ccomplications arising from the removal of my thyroid that’s going to kill me. I know have heart complications and shortness of breath also. Please if you can help me with this disease let me know. I’m so tired of living this way and dream of being the person I once was.

  30. I am writing this on the run so please excuse any typos or grammar errors. You do not know how grateful and happy IM to a found this website of yours. As I am talking to you right now I am currently having mild chest pains. The chest pains that have plagued me nonstop since the day the doctor described Synthroid to me on the way back in October. I took the pills for about four weeks, but then the rapid heartbeat, the chest pain, the pain radiating down my left arm, began. I would have at least two of these attacks per day. Never ever ever before had I ever had anything like this happen to me in my life. I let the doctor know and I promptly stopped taking the medicine. I went to the emergency room & my EKG was normal. They did a series of blood work, basically to identify a heart attack, and any other type of “on the spot” heart problems- which came back normal. That was back in D Cember. since then I have had these “attacks” no less than two times a day. this coming Thursday I am going to see an actual heart doctor and I refuse to leave until they have done every single test on my heart from a to Z, and then triple check every single one of those test. I am 37 years old. I have other things going on in my life. I am overweight, high blood pressure, my periods have all but stopped completely -without menopause, and they say my cholesterol is high, and I am pre diabetic. I realize almost all of this has to do with me being overweight. I am around 230 pounds, medium body frame, 5’4″ tall. I get about 20 to 30 minutes of exercise per day but dad is walking my dogs. My diet is absolute crap. I will not lie. I eat the worst foods in the entire world. I am what they call and a emotional beings eater. I do not drink smoke or do drugs. So I guess I have a few good things going for me. I am sorry to ramble but I am so grateful to have found this website. I cannot wait to get home with my herbal tea and Steel Cut oatmeal and relax and read your entire website. Thank you so much for creating it. I am scared and I am crying as I write this to you. Thank you so much. God bless you.

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  32. theHealthFoodGuru here…
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  33. I am 22 years old I found out that I was hypo in February 25th my dr put me on 50 MCG levothyroxine and I was jittery couldn’t sleep very anxious panic attacks now I don’t have them as bad no shortness of breath like I did have while I was on the 50 mcg. I started having chest pains and the dr said my heart sounded great! I have pains under my breast sometimes and on the sides of my boobs? I’m now on 25 mcg not jittery or shaky or dizzy like I was on the 50 mcg but I do have anxiety and was wondering if that can cause chest pains my boobs ache all the time I have horrible periods never kno when they are coming and when they do it makes me sick till I’m off. When I have panic attacks I feel tingly and then it goes away I tried prozac and I was allergic so I’m on all natural anti stress pills and when I stress out my blood pressure goes up I just wanna be normal I didn’t have all this problem till my second child. Do you think I have heart problems I’m scared that I do! I have a dr appt today and I’m being testing for my thyroid levels.

  34. Donna Chavez says:

    For 9 yrs I have had thyroid problems. 2 years ago I stop taking levathroxin. And my doctor put me on armour thyroid. Which is pig thyroid. And 1 week ago for the first time in 9 years my thyroid results are perfect.

  35. I have had my Thyroid removed as it was full of nodules and toxic. My life has never been the same. I am on 100 mcg of Synthroid, have gained about 40 lbs in 5 years, and have no energy. Every physician I go to says my levels are in a “good” range. No one will listen to me! My memory is horrible, cold all the time, hypertension, sleep apnea, shortness of breath. So frustrated!

  36. Heather says:

    Hello – I have been on thyroid medications for 22 years. I was on Synthroid at first but for the last five years I’ve been on Erfa which is a natural dessicated thyroid hormone. I was diagnosed with hypothyroid and then later hashimotos. I struggle with my weight from day to day. I have lots of swelling and really watch my salt intake. My knees get so sore and tops of my feet from the swelling. Just wondering if others have this as well? I’ve mentioned this to my Dr and she said lots of things happen during peri-menapause but this has been going on for many years so I don’t believe that! Any suggestions on how to reduce the swelling with Hashimotos? My Antibodies were tested and are at 79 … the Dr. wanted to do another RAI test and I declined … she wanted to find out where if other organs were being attacked. The only thing that they can do she said is offer thyroid medication which I’m already on anyways :(

  37. LishDish says:

    This was a great article. I had no idea my blood pressure, heart flutters and high cholesterol can be connected to my hypothyroidism. I’ve seen so many specialists and none have ever said this to me.

  38. Adam Reynard says:

    Regarding smoking the anatabine in tobacco keeps tthe thyroid problem at bay as I have discussed previously here. As previously discussed anatabine is available in lozeger form at GNC. I have been on this product for almost two years now. It has substantially lowered my C-reactive protein which measures body inflammation. Read the testimonials at GNC for Anatabloc to understand better.

    I have witnessed people quitting smoking and then developing thyroid problems.

  39. Adam Reynard says:

    Regarding smoking the anatabine in tobacco keeps tthe thyroid problem at bay as I have discussed previously here. As previously discussed anatabine is available in lozeger form at GNC. I have been on this product for almost two years now. It has substantially lowered my C-reactive protein which measures body inflammation. Read the testimonials at GNC for Anatabloc to understand better.

    I have witnessed people quitting smoking and then developing thyroid problems. Adam

  40. Regarding smoking the anatabine in tobacco keeps tthe thyroid problem at bay as I have discussed previously here. As previously discussed anatabine is available in lozeger form at GNC. I have been on this product for almost two years now. It has substantially lowered my C-reactive protein which measures body inflammation. Read the testimonials at GNC for Anatabloc to understand better.

    I have witnessed people quitting smoking and then developing thyroid problems.

  41. hi Dana, im just curious with how hypothyroidism causes mitral valve prolapse or how possible it is.

    Having a condition called congenital hypothyroidism, I was just curious with how this may affect the heart. Just wanted to know. Thanks :)

  42. Dana Trentini says:

    Thank you HCI Market for including the Hypothyroid Mom press release on your site. You are helping to spread thyroid awareness by sharing it with your community. Thank you.

  43. Dana Trentini says:

    Thank you Health Wealth Builder for including this Hypothyroid Mom article on your site. I appreciate your help in spreading awareness about the dangers of thyroid disease to heart health.

    http://healthwealthbuilder.com/thyroid-heart-disease/

  44. Dana Trentini says:

    Thank you HCI Market for including my Hypothyroid Mom Press Release on your site. Much appreciated!

    http://hcimarket.com/300-hypothyroidism-symptoms-passes-7-3k-facebook-likes-at

  45. Dana Trentini says:

    Thank you Easy Face Life for including my Press Release on your site!

    http://easyfacelift.info/300-hypothyroidism-symptoms-passes-7-3k-facebook-likes-at-hypothyroidmom-com/

  46. Dana Trentini says:

    Thank you Thyroid Revive for including Hypothyroid Mom as a source for this great article.

    http://thyroidrevive.com/thyroid-gland-active-thyroid-holding-back-optimal-health/

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