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Alternative Treatment for Hypothyroidism

Anyone successfully use alternative treatments for hypothyroidism? Levothyroxin triggers afib for me.
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How much Levo were you taking before the Afib and what amount was the increase?  If tested for Free T4 and Free T3, please post those, along with reference ranges shown on the lab report.
Hi—no one has explained what free T3 or T4 is. I haven’t received my lab report from last week but was told my T3 and T4 were normal but my TSH was 61. I was taking 75 mg of levothyroxin when I was diagnosed with afib a year ago. The higher TSH prompted the increase to 100. Afib limits my ability to function normally and when I reduced my levothyroxin after reading about my age and the connection of levothyroxin and afib and I went out of afib.
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You stated a couple things that caught my eye. First you said you have high cholesterol. Do you take a Statin to lower cholesterol l?  As maybe the number one side effect of statins are muscle cramps and pain especially in the legs!

Secondly you said that a steroid anti inflammatory like Prednisone reduces the leg and joint pain.

This sounds auto immune to me and possibly arthritis. Have you been tested for rheumatoid arthritis?  Do you have Hashimotos?  This is also autoimmune and once you have one autoimmune condition you are dramatically higher risk of having multiple autoimmune conditions.

Finally you do or did a tremendous amount of running and walking. Maybe over doing it some. But you said you have had this leg pain for years. Do you have other joint or miscle pains outside of your legs?
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My Dr just prescribed a statin. I took it 2 days and felt worse. When I got up from a seated position, I had to stand there for about 10 seconds before I took a step. I wasn’t sure my right leg would take the weight of a step. Plus, I slept off an on all weekend which isn’t like me. I usually sleep about 7 hours not 10-12. So, I didn’t take anymore. I have Hoshimotos because this Dr ran more thyroid tests than a TSH. Honestly, it doesn’t feel like arthritis. The muscles ache and throb but it comes and goes. I have been running consistently for the last 9-10 years. I have had plantar fasciitis more times than I can count. The only thing I can think is that it must be diet related because it comes and goes. Sometimes it’s really bad and sometimes nothing bothers me.  
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Doctors don't seem to accept that TSH is only a surrogate test for thyroid hormone Free T4, and that TSH actually has only a fair correlation with FT4 (and the biologically active thyroid hormone Free T3).   Also, TSH has only a negligible correlation with symptoms typical of hypothyroidism.  So instead of diagnosing and treating a hypothyroid patient based on TSH, it is far better to do that based on evaluation for typical symptoms, along with the actual thyroid hormones, FT4 andFT3.  

There are two main thyroid hormones T4 and T3.  Most of both are bound to protein and thus not biologically active.  Only a small portion is free of protein and thus called Free T4 and Free T3.    Those should be tested every time you go in for tests.  TSH is useful as a diagnostic only when it is at extreme levels indicative of hypo or hyperthyroidism.

Your 75 mcg of T4 dose is typically inadequate for many people, so going up to 100 should not have caused Afib, by itself.  This makes me wonder about other possible causes, but before further discussion, can you tell us if those thyroid tests were for Total T4 and T3 or Free T4 and T3?  Also can you get the actual results and reference ranges shown on the lab report and post here?
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Yes, my report was being mailed. I should have it by now, but will check with the dr office if not received by tomorrow and post those readings. Thanks for being interested enough to try to help since I am getting no medical professional help here!
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