Hello. I am a 48-year-old male, and I have autoimmune hypothyroidism. I was diagnosed in 2009.
Last year, I read the following article from 2017:
This article describes how "low-level laser therapy" or "cold-laser therapy" can be used on a thyroid gland that has been damaged by Hashimoto's. Supposedly, the laser therapy will regenerate the thyroid gland, restore the ability of the thyroid gland to make thyroid hormone, and significantly reduce (or even eliminate entirely) a person's need for Synthroid.
This year, I found a chiropractor who performs laser therapy on the thyroid.
This chiropractor performed laser therapy on my thyroid from late August 2022 to early October 2022. This therapy was performed during 12 sessions. The chiropractor used an Erchonia EVRL cold laser on my thyroid. She used the laser's "thyroid" setting.
In 10 of the 12 sessions, she also used a laser on my adrenal glands. In 9 of the 12 sessions, she used her fingers to tap on my thoracic vertebrae to stimulate the thyroid.
Prior to the start of the thyroid laser treatments, I took Synthroid (125 mcg) every day for 7 months.
The first thyroid laser treatment occurred on 8/25/22. The chiropractor did NOT use the laser on my adrenal glands or tap on my thoracic vertebrae on 8/25/22. The next day (8/26/22), I took my regular dose of Synthroid (125 mcg). For the rest of the day, I felt chest pains and/or sweat from time to time. These were signs of hyperthyroidism. I concluded that the laser treatment had caused my thyroid to produce more thyroid hormone for my body, and that the amount of thyroid hormone being produced by my thyroid + the thyroid hormone from the Synthroid 125 pill was too much.
On 8/27/22, I did not take Synthroid at all.
From 8/28/22 to 8/30/22, I took Synthroid (125 mcg) every day.
In the afternoon of 8/30/22, the chiropractor gave me the second laser treatment on my thyroid. Once again, the chiropractor did NOT use a laser on my adrenal glands or tap on my thoracic vertebrae.
In the evening of 8/30/22 and in the early morning of 8/31/22, I felt chest pains and headaches (signs of hyperthyroidism). So, on 8/31/22, I did not take Synthroid.
As time went on, and as I experienced more laser treatments on my thyroid, as well as laser treatments on my adrenal glands and the tapping on my thoracic vertebrae, I changed my dose of Synthroid based on how I felt. I used a pill cutter to cut the 125-mcg pill into two 62.5-mcg pills and to cut the 62.5-mcg pill into two 31.25-mcg pills.
The last laser treatment occurred on 10/6/22. Also on 10/6/22, the chiropractor lasered my adrenal glands and tapped on my thoracic vertebrae.
On 10/7/22, I took 31.25 mcg of Synthroid.
From 10/8/22 to 10/30/22, I took 62.5 mcg of Synthroid per day.
On 10/13/22, before I took the Synthroid, I had a blood draw for the following blood tests: TSH, Free T4, Free T3, thyroid antibodies.
These blood tests had the following results:
TPO antibody < 8 (normal range = 0 - 34), down from 10 on 3/14/22. Thyroglobulin antibody < 1.0 (normal range < 1.0), staying the same as 3/3/21 level. So, my thyroid was not being attacked by my immune system.
FT4 = 1.04 (normal range = 0.82 - 1.77), down from 1.40 on 8/9/22. So, the FT4 had decreased but was still in the normal range.
TSH = 1.670 (normal range = 0.450 - 4.500), up from 0.062 on 8/9/22. The TSH had increased but was in the normal range. (Izabella Wentz, the author of the above-mentioned 2017 article, has written that too much TSH can overwhelm the thyroid and can harm the thyroid. I believe (and hope) that my TSH level of 1.670 was not too much.)
FT3 = 2.6 (normal range = 2.0 - 4.4), up from 2.5 on 8/9/22. The FT3 had increased but was still much lower than my usual numbers (3.0 or higher). I thought that there was an issue with FT4-to-FT3 conversion. I thought that I had too much cortisol (due to the fact that I was under a lot of stress).
On 10/22/22, I took 62.5 mcg of Synthroid. During the rest of the day, I experienced occasional chest pains. These pains were a sign of hyperthyroidism.
On 10/23/22, I woke up feeling pain in my lower back. This was a sign of hypothyroidism. I proceeded to take 62.5 mcg of Synthroid.
From 10/24/22 to 10/30/22, I experienced hypothyroidism to one extent or another. In the early morning of 10/31/22, I felt hypothyroid pains all over my body. So, at about 12 PM, I took 93.75 mcg of Synthroid. For the rest of the day, I felt much less hypothyroid than I had felt during the preceding week.
I have taken 93.75 mcg of Synthroid per day since 10/31/22.
It seems to me 1) that the lasering of my thyroid *initially* caused the thyroid to produce additional thyroid hormone, 2) that my thyroid eventually stopped producing additional thyroid hormone, and 3) that the success that the chiropractor and I had in "fixing" my thyroid has been only temporary.
So, what is going on here?
Why did the lasering initially cause my thyroid gland to produce additional thyroid hormone? Was there some thyroid hormone stuck inside my thyroid gland for years, waiting to be "liberated" by a laser?
Why did my thyroid *stop* producing additional thyroid hormone? Did the laser treatments "fix" my thyroid only temporarily? Or, is it the case that my thyroid gland works just fine now and that my body has a shortage of iodine?