I am being treating for a vitamin D & iron defency for which i was very low on granted but the other symptoms of lower body temp, dizziness, memory or confusion symptoms, hair loss and change of texture (which i had but now worse) among other things are still presenting. i was tested for tsh and fsh and was found to be premenopausal regarding the fsh but thyroid ranges were fine. Is it possible they may not have tested the t-3/t-4 levels when testing the thyroid? I also take 40 mls of prilosec daily. can this contribute to nutritional deficiencies and possibly be causing part or all of the problems?
D3 and iron deficiencies are more than enough to explain your symptoms.
It doesn't give your thyroid function a free pass though.
You still need to get it ruled out or treated.
They need to check TSH,T3, T4, Free T3, Free T4
and type 2 hypothyroid, which is best left to ...yourself (doctors don't know or don't bother with this).
Here's some info I sent to another member today :
(It's a day for thyroid queries.)
Type 2 hypothyroidism or thyroid hormone resistance is caused by an intracellular calcium/potassium imbalance in all the cells of the body, caused by far too much calcium and far too little potassium inside these cells, neutralizing the effects of the thyroid hormones that are produced and making them ineffective in governing our bodies' metabolic functions.
To find out you need a tissue minerals analysis.
Also For hypothyroid 2 self-testing :
The Barnes Basal temperature test is very simple to do. Just find an old type of thermometer and do it before you get up. Make sure it's ready so you don't need to shake it in the morning and if sleeping with your husband/partner and close enough, you may have a higher reading!
You normally get blood work, but that will not reveal type 2.
If your basal body temperature is 97.8 degrees Fahrenheit or less for a minimum of three consecutive days, it is almost certain that your thyroid function is low.
For more info look into Dr. Mark Starr's work. I have the link for an extensive interview, somewhere.
Should you be interested, I'll look for it and send it to you.
Iron deficiency is hard to correct and supplements are problematic with most patients. Are you a meat eater? if yes, that simplifies things as you can eat some liver, one of the best sources for iron.
How are your B complex levels? Do you know?
Finally, you must have a strong suspicion here.
Why are you taking Prilosec? Is it for too much stomach acid
or not enough stomach acid? The symptoms are the same!!
Prilosec is a Proton Pump Inhibitor (PPI)
Low stomach acid, if indeed low, with contra-indicated anti-acids, PPIs &
H2 blockers medicine, will take away your health, period!
And if this has to do with an opinion of a doctor, normally treating GERD symptoms as Hyperclorhydria (high stomach acid), it must be corrected!
Knowledge is power.
Here's the scoop on low stomach acid
(VERY IMPORTANT if indeed low stomach acid)
1. PH 2 Very Acidic--------------PH 7 Neutral-------------- PH 10 Very Alkaline
2 Esophagous normal PH 7
3 Stomach environment normal PH 2-4
4 Duodenum normal PH 8
5 Pyloric Sphrinchter (at the bottom of the stomach) relaxes at PH 2-4
so stomach contents move down to the duodenum.
When acidity is PH 4+ then the Pyloric Sphincter constricts, not allowing the contents to go down, causing a back up and with pressure from the contracting stomach, moderately acidic food and liquids go UPWARDS
into the esophagus causing GERD symptoms.
The consequences of chronic low stomach acid are DIRE!
I don't mean to alarm you unnecessarily, but please do confirm
if low stomach acid, and then proceed with a safe protocol
to correct the low acid and minimize the GERD symptoms, without
compromising your health.
If you need to self-test for low stomach acid let me know.
Otherwise disregard the above information should you have confirmation for
Hyperchlorhydria (high stomach acid).
You posted pertinent information that I believe will bring the answers you are looking for to take care of your issues.
Post again soon or pm me directly if you prefer.
Wishing you well.
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