About Me: Female, 47, Fort Myers, FL, member since May 2008
I have Hashimoto's Autoimmune disease which caused my hypothyroidism. I believe my Hashi's was caused by original Lymes infection which activated my Epstein-Barr Virus. Both, I had first been infected with as a child, and then triggered and re-infected again 5 yrs ago.
[More] I was undertreated for a couple of yrs by my old endo, so continued to become sicker over time. I finally found the courage to find a new dr who is an internal med md. She did all the tests that I asked for and was found to have Hashi's and a conversion issue. I also at the same time found a new endo who supervises my treatment as well because of continual formation of nodules. Both of my drs now are wonderful and working on getting me at optimum levels. Unfortunately or maybe fortunately I am on fast speed of thyroid destruction right now...lol...and have been getting increases in meds and bloodwork every 4-5 weeks. I am hopeful that the destruction process will end soon so I may get on with life on one dosage, without all the fluctuations. I am also taking part in some Alternative treatments to help build my immune system as well.
Personally speaking I have taken many courses on Natural Health, Chinese Medicine, etc. and was a lic. massage therapist in the state of NY and Florida. My interest has been in ALL types of medicine including western, chinese, allopathic, naturopathic, etc. I am considering going back to school for medical...possibly PA, when my thyroid and body is ready to comply with long hours. I have come a long way and love to learn anything pertaining to the body and getting well. I as others here know that the best advice is sometimes from personal experience and that is why I am here. I am here to build others up, help to calm their fears, and mostly to offer them hope and to not give up. Overcoming thyroid issues may be one of the hardest things that we may personally endeavor.
Just a quick note to say hi! I am new to this community so your input would be helpful. My blood work shows TSH: 0.69 range 0.450 -4.5; Free T4:1.19 range 0.82 -1.77; and Free T3: 2.6, range2.0-4.4; Could you help me intrepret these and give talking points I might offer to my dr.?
Hello, I read your note..........
Hi ALL! I am starting my 6th week of Tirosint. I have to say that I feel great and no longer have that foggy feeling I use to get about 2 hrs after taking my synthroid. .....
I'm on the exact same does as you! I start today. My T4 was 0.8. Yep on the low end. I was on 100mcg of Tirosint and he incresed it to 125mcg. I'm also on Cytomel 20 mcg twice a day. Have you lost any weight and how long did it take to "kick in". I'm encouraged after reading you post. I hope I have more energy. :) thanks
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