Effects Of High Thyroid Levels

The thyroid gland is located in the neck area and has a butterfly shape. Its main function is to control the body’s metabolism. The most common forms of thyroid disorder are symptoms which make people too tall or very short, too thin or very fat.

The gland produces four hormones most essential for the body to assimilate and eliminate all the substances that enter the body.

High thyroid levels or hyperthyroidism causes a series of effects that need medical treatment. Untreated, these conditions can lead to sudden death syndrome and other health problems, such as heart condition, bad skin or hair loss, and even thyroid cancer.

Patient’s whit this condition may have insomnia that are slightly different from common sleeping disorders. A regular insomnia sufferer has troubles getting to sleep, but he can sleep for most of the day.

People with hyperthyroidism can hardly fall asleep and wake up suddenly. This sleeping disorder is mostly encountered in people with hormone T4 disorder. This hormone is responsible for the metabolic processes that occur inside the body, such as food assimilation or the replacement of the sleeping hormone.

Another sign of hyperthyroidisms is weight loss. Because of the accelerated metabolism, the patient does not assimilate fat as it suppose to and eliminates most of the vital substances needed, thus resulting in a small weight. The symptoms appear at a time, and endocrinologist may have problems in diagnosing such a condition.

Rapid heart beats or tachycardia is also linked to a thyroid that is over active.

Hormones relished in the body need to be in a perfect quantity for the organism to function properly.

Low levels of hormones secreted by the thyroid have the opposed side effects.

Although symptoms may be similar, there is a big difference in hypothyroidism. Because the hormones can no longer keep the metabolism going as it should, the patient gains a lot of weight fast. Problems with falling asleep are also encountered, and though people with hyperthyroidism feel overactive, those with hypothyroidism might feel tired all the time, no matter how much they sleep.

This problem is more encountered in women than in men, and it mostly affects females over the age of 30. The family history also plays a main role in disorders of the thyroid gland. If the mother was a hypothyroidism it is more likely for her daughters to suffer from the same disorder.

The effects of hyperthyroidism are sometimes harder to diagnose than the ones of hypothyroidism. The first condition manifests slowly, and weight can be lost in a few moths, time in which the gland can produce a lot of damage. In hypothyroidism, the patient gains weight faster, in about a month time. Endocrinologist always submits to a thyroid test those that gained a lot of weight inexplicable.

If the thyroid gland is a danger to the body, in autoimmune conditions, where the organism is attacking the gland, the patient can have the gland removed.

The hormones are injected daily in pre-established quantities that the endocrinologist calculates in reporting to the person’s weight and other body functions.

Frequently Asked Questions

    What are side effects of high thyroid medications??
    OK, I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism in 1984. I have been properly taking medication ever since- I had Gastric Bypass in March ’08. My levels are now going through the roof- My DR has been lowering my dose and I get my blood checked every 4-6 weeks and it has still been high. I am not a hypochondriac but I have been feeling dizzy off and on- my hair is falling out ( BUT this is also a side effect from the surgery as well-double whammy??) Does anyone know what some side effects of high levels of medication is??

    I would prefer experienced answers- people that are intellectual with hypothyroidism-


    • ANSWER:
      I have hypothyroidism but I have never had a problem of the medications being high. You didn’t mention which medicine so I couldn’t look it up for you but go to webmd.com and look it up. My hair falls out regardless and I had lap band done 4-16-08. I looked up my medication and here is the results (levothyroxine)
      Side effects of too much thyroid hormone include:

      Heart palpitations.
      Trouble sleeping (insomnia).
      Shaking (tremors).
      Frequent bowel movements.
      Too much weight loss.
      Discomfort in warm weather.
      Bone thinning (osteoporosis) if the dose is too high for a long time.
      Report any side effects to your health professional.

      If you have coronary artery disease and take too much thyroid medication, symptoms such as chest pain (angina) or heart rhythm irregularities (arrhythmia) may get worse. Also, you may have an increased risk of heart attack.

    Can your thyroid level being too high effect your mood?
    For the last three months my doctor has been checking my thyroid levels & two times prior to this one it was really low & now it’s really high. He’s changed my med level twice & my levels don’t seem to be getting any better.
    I feel so sad sometimes & I’m not sure why I do. Is this a side effect of messed up levels? What can I do to get my levels right?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, low thyroid can cause depression which is why all responsible doctors will order the simple blood test for all their patients before prescribing antidepressants. High levels can make your mood erratic. Sadly, you’re just going to have to wait it out until your levels stabilize. Your doctor is measuring them often to try to get the dosage right. Depression is not a fun thing to go through but take comfort in knowing that there is a reason for it and that things will get better soon. If it persists past when your levels stabilize you should see a doctor for that problem separately and will perhaps be prescribed an antidepressant. While you’re waiting you can try seeing a therapist but this will probably not help unless your sadness is from an environmental factor.
      I have cycling major depressive disorder that is purely biological and everyone once in awhile I “tank” and my medication just can’t handle it. I will have a day or two a month when I’m ridiculously sad for no reason at all. During this time I cling to my fiance and my puppies and they are able to help me get through it. There’s nothing like a fur tear-catcher and watching them romp around the house gives me comic relief. If you have an animal I would suggest using them as a breathing teddy bear during this time. Of course, a significant other or family member can be wonderful to talk to and a good friend can take your mind off it by bringing you out to lunch.

      Feel better soon!

    what are longterm side effects of high tsh levels?
    im takeing levothyroxine 0.175MG they had me on 200 but my tsh never fell below 40 what are the long term side effects if my tsh does not fall to normal levels. i had my thyroid removed 5 years ago and have never had normal levels of tsh

    • ANSWER:
      If you don’t have a thyroid, your TSH is not relevant. I have no idea why your doctor is testing it. TSH stimulates your thyroid. Since you don’t have a thyroid, it can’t be stimulated. So TSH does nothing.

      You need to have free T3 and free T4 tests. If they are normal, then your dosage is fine, and you are fine.

    Does adderall effect the levels of hormones produced by the thyroid?
    I had some blood tests done recently and was on adderall at the time of the tests (I don’t have a prescription for adderall). The tests showed abnormally high levels of some hormones produced by the thyroid, could this be because of the adderall I was on?

    I know taking adderall without an Rx isn’t safe, so spare me the lecture, please.

    • ANSWER:
      Like your adrenaline levels? Yes. Adderall inhibits the re-uptake of dopamine in brain tissue making it more effective as a neurotransmitter that operates as a precursor to adrenaline production. Adrenaline is released from adrenal glands. The thyroid is an adrenal gland. And all stimulants, including coffee can cause more adrenaline to be released.. Adrenaline is the “fight or flight” hormone. So if you have also been feeling a little more jittery or anxious, then that is most likely why. And I don’t know what hormone was on your list of being higher than normal, but that is a big hormone that Adderall affects.

      Adrenaline is also known as epinephrine. It is also similar to nor-epinephrine. So maybe those were the hormones that were listed as elevated?? Ask your doctor and if those were the ones, then the Adderall was probably a big reason as to why it was elevated.

      I know my doctor made sure my thyroid was normal before prescribing me Adderall. Apparently there’s a big correlation there.

    I have hypothyroidism, What can the effect of really high TSH levels have?
    The last time I got a blood test my TSH level was at 287!!! And normal thyroids function between 1 and 5! The doctor said that she had never seen thyroid levels in someone who was still walking and talking. But they did not even increase my Synthroid. All i know is that I am tired all the time. I am sick all the time. I don’t eat anything but still am gaining weight like crazy and bounce back in forth from being catatonic to an insomniac. I know these are all normal for hypothyroidism, but I am really scared. I go to college and take care of my grandmother but if something doesn’t change, I will not be able to do either anymore. I barely have the ability to shower every couple of days and makes sure I don’t starve myself.
    Yea, i went to an endocrinologist when I was 9, after my initial diagnosis. But now because of my insurance, they will not send me unless htey have “exhausted traditional methods” first. I think that after taking the medicine and still having such high levels, That traditional methods are obviously not working.

    • ANSWER:
      Wow go to an endocrinologist, mine was 27 right after I gave birth and they sent me to my endocrinologist. I am tired all the time, how are you functioning are you gaining weight, that normally is the first side effect I see. Good luck they need to up your synthroid how much do you take?

    High tsh thryoid levels–a big deal?
    Hi. Can someone tell me the symptoms or their personal experience with having an overactive thyroid? I am overweight, have bald spots on the front of my head, cant get my period on my own, fatigued, lots of anxiety, panic attacks sometimes, and have muscle aches. I am 19 years old and I’ve had all of these symptoms for a while. I went to the gynecologist less than a year ago and she said that my thyroid levels were a little high and that I should go to an endocrinologist. However, my mom (a waitress) seems to think that she is a doctor and thinks that I am just some kind of hypochondriac who is obsessing over symptoms and trying to find problems with myself. I am 231 lbs and currently doing weight watchers and exercising 4-5 times a week. My two sisters have lost weight, my mom is losing weight, and I just seem to be stuck. Anyways, is a slightly elevated thyroid level (I cant remember whether my doctor said 5.2 or 3.2…) enough to have a noticable effect on someone? Thanks
    Also, I had an ultrasound at the gynecologist and they didnt find any cysts on my ovaries, so I dont think I have PCOS.
    My mom doesnt have thyroid problems….she just thinks Im being annoying and obsessive. I just have felt like crap and have had weird symptoms for years and I want a DOCTOR, not my mom, to tell me if I’m healthy or not. She is mad that I keep asking her to help me get better.

    • ANSWER:
      definitely see an endocrine doc, this can be an indicator for several diseases….good luck on the weight loss-remember, you have taken a long time to get this weight, you will need a while to loose it…, however, you may want to seek a 2nd opinion, other than your mom…

    does anyone know if one of the side effects of lithium can alter your period?
    i am taking lithium for about three weeks i had just gotten my first check result in and they said my thyroid levels are high… i havent had a period since May 26th at first i thought i was pregnant but i have taken two test and they have come back negative… is it possible that the lithium can allter a period?

    • ANSWER:
      Lithium has several different effects…..here is a link for some more info about it’s side effects.


      Because of the body trying to adjust, it is theoretically possible; but, just in case i would check with a doctor and make sure that it’s not being caused by something else.

    Thyroid test 6.29 uLU/ML, is this high?
    I’ve been having trouble sleeping all day (12-14 hours per day), being fatigued, memory problems, speech problems where I lose what I’m talking about all the time, and my right hand shaking. I went to a neurologist a few weeks ago and did a series of tests where the doctor thought I was showing signs of early parkinsons disease. However, I just got a letter saying that one of the tests showed an elevated TSH level of 6.29. Could this be what’s actually causing all of my problems or is this just a side note to the probable early parkinsons? Is this level even high enough to really effect me in this manner? The letter said that I did have a normal level of thyroid hormone so I’m a little confused by the meaning.

    • ANSWER:
      This may be a type of under-functioning Thyroid. (It is called sub clinical hypothyroidism).

      It is due to poor conversion of T4 to T3. In this condition there are normal or possibly slightly raised levels of TSH, normal levels of T4 but low levels of T3. So you need to know the levels of T3 & T4. If the T3 is low t can easily be fixed.

      It is unlikely that this is causing all your problems, but it should be checked for optimum health.

      The TSH level is only a little raised, but normally if the TSH level is raised so are the T3 & T4.

      You see TSH is Thyroid Stimulating Hormone, and it stimulates the thyroid to make T3 & T4 (these are the thyroid hormones that make your body run ‘fast’ or ‘slow’).

      Ocassionally the body has a bit of a problem converting T4 to T3. (There is more T4, but it has much weaker effects than T3). So if this is happening it could be adding to your Parkinson like symptoms by slowing you down.

      The effects should not be great, but they may be, and it is easy to fix. This is why I think it needs looking at (if it hasn’t already been).

      Anyway, if I were you I’d want this simple thing done before I started taking any Parkinsons drugs, just in case it pepped me up a bit.

      I wish you all the best.

    Do you think that my thinning hair is due to high testosterone levels?
    I have heard from someone that if a women has thinning hair then it may be due to high testosterone levels and that taking birth control can level it out.Well I’m going back to the doctor to check it out.Last time I went it wasn’t my thyroid and I felt like the (male) doctor didn’t really give me enough information so I’m going to see a female.Since someone has mentioned the high testosterone I’ve been really thinking.What are effects or symptoms in women of high testosterone?Male traits?Because now that I look at my life I notice that I am irritable almost everyday,quick to anger,can be somewhat aggressive,and have a big sex drive(I sometimes masturbate 2 times a day).I don’t have hair in other places than I should but my crown on the top of my head is thinning and seems like it’s getting worse over the years.This has been going on for about 4 or more years.Do you think that I have a high testosterone level?If so then is it good to get it balanced out and why?Thanks in advance!

    • ANSWER:
      It very well could be due to high testosterone levels.

      However, taking birth control DOES NOT even “it” out. Birth control is either estrogen, progesterone or both which are the hormones that make a woman different from men (just as testosterone:men). We both have all of the above, but women have higher estrogen/progesterone levels and visa versa. It may seem reasonable that if you raise estrogen/progesterone levels that your body will stop making testosterone, but you should really see what your doctor says.

    High Thyroid antibodies and normal TSH FT4 values. (carry on from last post)?
    Info: Anti TgAb 154.3 IU/mol (lab normal < 4.5) TSH 2.21 mIU/L (lab normal 0.3 - 5.5) FT4 13.2 pmol.L (lab normal 9 - 24) Today I went to see the specialist because the ultrasound I did showed a small cystic nodule and heterogeneous echotexture that suggests thyroiditis. The specialist says that the functioning of the thyroid appears normal and I have an autoimmune thyroiditis. He didn't use any particular names like Hashitmoto's or Graves. I asked if I could lower the level of antibodies because my thyroid is somewhat inflamed at the moment. He said we could try a dose of 100mg of thyroxine a day to bring down the TSH. My question is do I need that kind of dose with TSH level of 2.21? because it seems that peope which much higher TSH can be taking 100mg as well. Should I go to 50 a day? And is there long term effects of thyroxine sodium tablets I should be aware of?

    • ANSWER:
      autoimmune thyroiditis is Hashimoto your TgAb shows you have Hashimoto. Did they test your TPO as well?

      You need to have your Free T3 checked as well. The lab ranges are outdated the normal suggested ranges for TSH changed in 2001 or 2002 I forget anyway normal range is .3-3.0
      I think you should be on some meds but I think starting you at 100 is high, start low and work up is what most doctors do and suggest many start on 25 or 50. When my TSH was 30.8 I was given 125….

      Synthetic drugs in my opinion are no good I tried them for 2 years I had more problems on synthetics then I did on nothing at all. You should request natural thyroid hormones. Natural thyroid hormones have the T’s you need not just T4 like synthetics.
      check out this site…


      Thyroxine alone will not drop your antibodies. You need to start a gluten free diet and avoid Iodine. That will help lower them. They are not real high, but the higher the antibodies the more your thyroid is being attacked. My a lady I know her antibodes were over 15,000 and mine were over 6000 then after following Dr. K hers dropped to under 1000 and mine are down to 2500!!
      Buy and read Dr. K’s book. here is his website.


      here is the books website.


    What are the health consequences of taking high doses of iodine when one has a thyroid cold nodule in the neck
    Kelp is a seaweed that naturally contains high amounts of iodine. I have been taking 1 capsule a day of supplement made from Kelp that provides 400 mcrograms fo iodine- which is 267% of daily recommended value.
    I am hoping this will shrink my thyroid nodule.
    Otherwise my blood work shows a normal level of thyoxine.
    What if any are possible side effects?


    • ANSWER:
      one of the major effect is iodine induced goitre…..it could also leeds 2 cancerous changes so i ll suggest u should consult ur doc. 1st before taking any of such medication and keep regular follow up.

    Does thyroid hormone effect estrogen level?
    I am 28 yo female. I had my thyroid taken out about 11 years and have been on synthroid ever since. I never really had a problem with my dosage level accept until last year. My husband and I want to start a family and I was told that I have hypothalmus ammenoreah and needed to put on about 15 lbs due to low body fat (I wasn’t having periods). I got my hormones checked and my estrogen level was extremely low (again, due to low body fat) As I put on the 15 lbs, my thyroid level went out of wack. It was too high, then too low, then too high. At this point, I am hyperthyroid and getting TOO much thyroid hormone. My estrogen level seems to be decreasing. Does too much thyroid hormone decrease your estrogen level? Or does it not have anything to do with it?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes. The Thyroid is probably responsable to that problem with the estrogen level. Ask your doctor.

    High TPO levels with ADD/ADHD medication?
    I’ve been taking ritalin (40mg LA once in the A.M) for about 6 months now. Recently I took a blood test because my doctor was concerned about my high pulse (its been high long before the ritalin) and it revealed that I had slightly elevated TPO levels. However, everything else was normal, including the size of my thyroid. My doctor is pretty careful when it comes to prescribing stimulants so my heart rate is checked frequently. So far it seems as thought the ritalin has had absolutely no effect on my heart rate. It’s been the same as it was prior to the ritalin.

    So my question is, is it safe to continue taking ritalin with high TPO levels(keeping in mind it doesn’t seem to be effecting anything else).?

    ps. I see an endocrinologist in 3 months.

    • ANSWER:
      Is your physician going to continue checking your thyroid levels until you see the endocrinologist? If not, try to get an appointment before 3 months from now.

    Help!!!!! worried about Seroquel side effects!!!?
    Doctor put me 50 mg seroquel xr twice daily for bipolar with psychotic features and I’m worried about the side effects.
    Even though Seroquel XR is not classified as an antidepressant, the FDA has required Seroquel XR to carry the special antidepressant and suicide warning, since Seroquel XR is used to treat depression and bipolar depression. Antidepressants may increase the risk of suicidal thinking or behavior in children, teenagers, and adults (see Depression and Suicide for more information). Therefore, if you notice any changes in symptoms or new symptoms, talk to your healthcare provider immediately. Some of these symptoms may include anxiety, hostility, agitation, panic, restlessness, hallucinations, extreme hyperactivity, and suicidal thinking or behavior.

    Seroquel XR can cause an increase in blood sugar levels and can increase the risk of developing diabetes. Tell your healthcare provider if you develop signs of diabetes while taking Seroquel XR. Possible signs of diabetes can include an increase in thirst, urination, or hunger. If you have diabetes, your blood sugar should be monitored carefully and regularly during treatment with Seroquel XR to make sure your diabetes is not becoming more severe (see Seroquel and Diabetes).

    Seroquel XR can cause a life-threatening condition called neuroleptic malignant syndrome (NMS). Some symptoms of NMS include:

    A high fever
    Stiff muscles
    An irregular pulse or blood pressure
    A fast heart rate (tachycardia)
    Irregular heart rhythms (arrhythmias).
    Tell your healthcare provider right away if you think you might have NMS.
    Seroquel XR can cause low white blood cells, which can be dangerous. If you already have low white blood cells (or have experienced a white blood cell drop due to a medication in the past), your healthcare provider should check your white blood cell count during the first few months you take Seroquel XR.

    Seroquel XR can cause a drop in blood pressure when going from a sitting or lying position to standing (known medically as orthostatic hypotension). This can cause a person to faint or to have lightheadedness or dizziness. Tell your healthcare provider if you have any of these symptoms when standing. Orthostatic hypotension can be especially dangerous in people with heart disease or congestive heart failure (CHF).

    Seroquel XR can cause tardive dyskinesia, a condition involving unusual and uncontrollable body or facial movements. The condition can become permanent (even if Seroquel XR is stopped). The best way to prevent it from becoming permanent is to tell your healthcare provider right away if you notice any abnormal movements (including abnormal movements of the tongue) while taking Seroquel XR.

    Seroquel XR can cause cataracts (an eye condition). It is recommended that all people taking Seroquel XR have their eyes checked for cataracts every six months.

    Seroquel XR may increase the risk of seizures. Before starting Seroquel XR, tell your healthcare provider if you have epilepsy or a history of seizures.

    Seroquel XR can cause an underactive thyroid (hypothyroidism), high liver enzymes, high cholesterol, or high triglycerides. It is probably a good idea to have your thyroid, triglycerides, liver enzymes, and cholesterol checked (using a blood test) regularly while taking Seroquel XR.

    Seroquel XR can cause high levels of the hormone prolactin. Let your healthcare provider know if you develop signs of high prolactin, such as breast enlargement or breast discharge.

    Very rarely, Seroquel XR can cause priapism (a painful erection of the penis that does not go away). Because this is a medical emergency, seek medical care immediately in order to prevent permanent damage to the penis.

    Seroquel XR can cause difficultly swallowing, which can lead to inhalation of food (which can cause pneumonia). Tell your healthcare provider if you notice any problems swallowing.

    • ANSWER:
      If you can find a way to feel better sans the drug… you’re way ahead of the game. Start here!


      It’s never a good idea to rely on meds to aid us in feeling less anxious or depressed.
      Depression plaques all of us at one time or another. Arm yourself with positive thinking and really concentrate on thinking more positive and with more confidence. Granted 50 mg is a small dosage… it can still have many unfavorable side effects. It’s OK to feel down, it’s OK to feel overwhelmed… feel the feeling and let it go!
      Try keeping a journal and see if you can pinpoint the source of your depression. And then find a way to turn it around.
      I believe in you… won’t you believe in you? (^_^)

    Could the positive health effects of smoking Marijuana outweigh the negatives?
    Stress makes the body release cortisol that has been linked with all sorts of negative effects that I listed below. Could smoking pot reduce the cortisol and have a positive effect? While I accept that pot has 4 x more tar than cigarettes per oz, a person would only smoke about a 1/4 of a pot cigarette or less to get hi.

    Impaired cognitive performance
    Suppressed thyroid function
    Blood sugar imbalances such as hyperglycemia
    Decreased bone density
    Decrease in muscle tissue
    Higher blood pressure
    Lowered immunity and inflammatory responses in the body, as well as other health consequences
    Increased abdominal fat, which is associated with a greater amount of health problems than fat deposited in other areas of the body. Some of the health problems associated with increased stomach fat are heart attacks, strokes, the development of , higher levels of “bad” cholesterol (LDL) and lower levels of “good” cholesterol (HDL), which can lead to other health problem

    • ANSWER:
      this really depends on the person them self.
      some people need it. say for pain or glaucoma, or even aids
      so this question is judged person by person

    Drastic increase of cholesterol levels lin a short period.?
    AS of February 2009, I was taking 2000mg of Niacin and 4 fishoils (1200mg each), per day to help my cholesteral. At the time my total cholesteral was 204 (H) and Triglyceride was 128, VLDL 26, LDL 2, HDL 50, Ratio 3.5 (all were whitin range.
    My TSH level was very low. (I was on Thyroid med for many years. for the last 5 years, the Endo I was going to stopped looking at my TSH, and was only adjusting medication, to keep my Free T3 an and Free T4 whitin levels. In Feb 2009 my thyroid med was reduced to half the dose to help elevate my TSH.
    My next lab work was done on Aug 2009. The levels were drastically increased. to total chole. 244(H), TriG 168 (H), VLDL 34, LDL, 149 (H), HDL 61, Ratio 4.0.
    At the time I was having this is wierd shaking/bubbling/palpitations which we thought may be related to the ulcer issues I had in the past. My doctor recommended to stop Niacin.
    The issue did not resolve. The doctor requested a Halter monitor, which confirmed, palpitations and flutters. So, my thyroid med was switched from armour to levoxyl and lowered even more.
    I had another lab work done in Jan 2010, levels were sky hight at total CH 305 (H), TriGl 206 (H), VLDL 41 (H), LDL 200 (H), HDL 64, and ratio of 4.8.
    Then I was put on 40 mg of Simvastatin in Feb 2010. The lab results after a short 3 weeks of the treatment drastically dropped to total ch of 164, and all the other values whitin range.

    During the last 3 mos, I had a few muscle issues which came and went and I related them to possibly excercise mishab. Until the pain was outrageous 3 weeks ago. I went to my doctor and we stopped the Simvastatin. I am still in a lot of pain. I haven’t been able to excecise the last few weeks. Not being able to excercise increase the possibility of the levels going even higher. I am so very scared of going back on another statin. I read all the issues with statins. I am specially affraid of developing Diabities, as my mother did in her 60′s, and her life turned upside down and very short.
    The side effects indicate permenant muscle damage, depression, even heart failure (heart muscle being affected as a side effect), along with lots of other side effect.
    I like to try the Niacin again, but I don’t know if it will help me now that my TSH levels are so much higher and within range. ( I was told that it was the main reason for the sudden initial jump in my results).
    I like to know what your advice is on this issue.
    Also, I am curious to know how long after stopping statins your lab results go back to normal, showing my true cholesterol level without the help of statins? I am curious to know my current resultsare since having had my thyroid at its current levels for a few months.
    I am very scared of my high levels, at the same time I am affraid of what Statins may bring on me.

    • ANSWER:
      What you eat can have a significant impact on your health. Proper diet alone can substantially reduce blood cholesterol levels and the risk of coronary heart disease. You can protect your heart health without drugs and medications!

      So, what is the best way to lower cholesterol? Different diets tend to help people lower triglycerides and raise good HDL cholesterol, but they are less likely to have a big impact on bad LDL cholesterol.

      We think that the best and the most effective way is not to diet but to eat proper food. So we compiled a list of foods with drastic cholesterol-lowering properties.


    Help! Thyroid Problem?
    Hey everyone! On February 22nd I had a blood test done for routine prenatal care that showed I had an elevated thyroid. They gave me a prescription for Levothyroxin (Synthroid) and I have been taking it for a little over a week. I started having the “bad” side effects such as, fainting, throwing up, diahrea, dizziness, and head aches. I called my doctor and couldn’t get through to him, but the nurse told me to cut the dosage in half and take the pill at night. I went one day without taking the pill and felt great. I took it last night and passed out and threw up this morning. I am just wondering if I am taking the right medicine or what?? They said I have “elevated thyroid” and my level was 5.9 and normal is 2.1. They said it was Hypothyroidism. I researched it and as far as I could tell “hypo” is for low levels of hormones and “hyper” is for high levels of hormones. Can anyone help me!? Am I taking the right medicine or am I just allergic to it or what?! HELP!

    • ANSWER:
      Something is NOT right.
      Synthroid is most definitely for low thyroid.

      If you have elevated levels, you should be on PTU – Propylthiouracil.

      It is crucial to straighten this out with your doctor. I would see an endocrinologist. This is nothing to mess with while you are pregnant. Do NOT take no for an answer!

    What is going on? Thyroid issues? Addison’s Disease?
    Hello everyone. Ever since I had my daughter 2 years ago I have been experiencing strange symptoms. I am chronically fatigued, have had constipation for the past 2 mths, have low blood pressure (usually 90/50), borderline low blood sugar, I am always cold, very dry skin, fainting episodes, lack of sex drive, loss of appetite, and I have lost 20 lbs in 2 yrs. I have had most these symptoms since I was about 7, but after my having my daughter they seem more prominent. Also, my mom has hypothyroidism if that matters. I am a 23 yr old female, 5’4 and 104 lbs.

    So a few mths after I had my daughter I went to see my doctor to get my thyroid tested. He said everything was normal, and I am young and skinny so I have nothing to worry about. Well after having these symptoms for about 2 yrs now I decided to take matters into my own hands and see an endocrinologist on my own. He looked at the previous test results and told me that in one test my potassium was high, my calcium was high, and my T4 level was high, but everything else was normal. He found it very strange and I am going in for more tests, including a cortisol test. I am just very confused at this point and don’t know what is going on. Does anyone have any idea what all of this could mean? I take Otho Evra birth control, could that effect the levels? Also this time I am fasting, which I did not do previously, could that have an effect as well?
    Forgot to add, my previous T4 was a 14. I am not sure about the other levels, should have asked for a copy of the results.

    • ANSWER:
      Did you have enough iodine in your pregnancy vitamins?


      “There is an increased need for thyroid hormone and iodine during pregnancy. Thus each pregnancy is a load on the thyroid function which not every women’s thyroid gland carries out adequately…” http://www.iodine4health.com/body/pregnancy/derry_pregnancy.htm

      Here is an iodine article:


      Here is a list of recommended labwork for thyroid and related things:


      How to interpret your test results:


      Here is a thyroid discussion group which may be able to shed some more light:


      I hope this helps you.

    A question about autoimmune thyroiditis and breastfeeding?
    I was diagnosed with AI during pregnancy, with hypothyroidism (aTPO antibodies 20 times higher than normal, freeT3 and freeT4 normal, TSH high) and I was stupidly recommended by that doctor to increase my hormonal intake in the last month of pregnancy, even if the blood tests showed that my previous dose was enough to control my hormones. I stupidely took the advice and, as a result I overdosed on thyroid hormones for about 2 months (I was supposed to take the increased dose until 6 weeks after birth, but cut them off after 4 weeks, because I started feeling sick) and got diagnosed with hyperthyroidism… Will the overdose effects go down and turn back to hypothyroidism or should I start taking medication for hyperthiroidism? My new dr agreed on repeating the analysis (4 wees after I stopped taking levothyroxine), which still showed high levels of thyroid hormones, and now I am expected to start medication. But what happens if the overdose effects dissapear and I go back to having a low-active thyroid WHILE taking the new medication?
    Also, I had been breastfeeding my baby for 6 weeks, I interrupted for 3 weeks (by pumping,not ablactation). I still have milk and would like to continue breastfeeding, but hyperthyriodism medication sold in my country is contraindicated while breastfeeding. I know am aware of the danger of feeding my baby on milk overloaded with hormones, but at the same time it would be a shame to stop breastfeeding and use hyperthyroid medicine for a short period of time only… I don’t know what to expect. :(

    • ANSWER:
      When you have iatrogenic hyperthyroidism, the treatment is to stop the treatment, not to take other drugs.

      This means that if your doctor made you sick by giving you too much medication, you don’t take other medication to counteract that. You just reduce the original medication to appropriate levels.

      You will feel better within a week of reducing your synthroid to a more appropriate dose, and your hyperthyroidism will resolve.

    Frequent urination even when not having a lot to drink? 10 points!!! Please help!!!?
    Okay, I didn’t get too many answers last time I asked this, so I’m hoping for some more answers this time:

    I’m 21. On August 28th, I fell down a flight of stairs and suffered a concussion. As a result, I’ve had to come back home to Massachusetts and drop out of school for the semester so I can recover. I know some of you will try to suggest that I’m pregnant, but I know that I’m not. First off, I haven’t done anything sexual (other than kissing) since May, and even then it was just a BJ, which I know cannot get you pregnant. Plus, I had a pap smear on August 12th as well as multiple pregnancy tests over the summer (all negative). I also had a pregnancy test done August 15th prior to radioactive iodine treatment for hyperthyroidism (which had to be rescheduled until February 2012) and I had one done on August 28th at the ER after my cat scan. Obviously, no one told me I was pregnant and I do not believe that I am. My period is due on September 17th. My periods have been slightly irregular lately (about 6-7 days early and a little lighter due to higher thyroid levels), but I’m going on day 25 of my cycle, so I will be on track for this month.

    Anyway, that’s just the back story. For the past couple of days, I’ve had to pee… A LOT. I normally have a very strong bladder, even when I drink a lot, but lately I’ve had to go a lot even when I don’t drink much. I called my doctor about this, and he is treating me for a UTI despite the fact that I don’t really have any burning/stinging during urination. I did have a little burning yesterday AFTER I used the restroom, but that’s it.

    I started recorded when I had to pee and what I drank.
    I had to use the restroom at 4:45am, 7:15am, 9am, 10am, 12pm, 12:55pm, 2:20pm, 5:54pm, 8:20pm, 10:02pm, 11:12pm. I drank: Chocolate milk (approx. 12oz) at 8am; 1/2 bottle of water (around 12:30pm), 1/2 glass of milk (around 4pm), and Gatorade (because I was worried about my electrolyte balance with such frequent urination — began around 5pm, finished around 9:30pm — 32 oz).

    Today I had to use the restroom at: 6:08am, 7:30am, 8:50am, 10:40am, 2:22pm, 10:03pm, and 11:28pm. I drank: water with my pills (I took my thyroid medicine as well as my first dose of antibiotics to treat a suspected case of cystitis — 6:06am); water for exercising/taking my second pill (almost a whole bottle — started at 3:30pm, finished around 4:40pm); about 12-15oz of sparkling water at dinner (beginning at 6:45), and about half a bottle of 32 oz Gatorade beginning at 10pm and ending around 11:30pm.

    Like I said, my doctor is treating me for cystitis. When I urinate, my urine does not have a strange odor or color; it is clear, light yellow and the yield is normal, not a minuscule amount. I don’t have any other symptoms other than a minor twinge of pain in my lower abdomen every few hours or so, but nothing super noticeable. Plus, like I said, I’m due for my period on Sept. 17th, so that could be why. I barely have any discharge, but that is normal for me prior to my period. I’m also tired, but like I said, I’m recovering from a concussion and I have hyperthyroidism.

    So, should my symptoms be getting better soon? I’ve taken 2 of the antibiotic pills so far, and I’m set to take them for 4 more days (2 pills/day). Will it just take another day or two to take effect? I’ve never had something like this before, except for when I was very young, so I’m not really sure what to expect. Any help/reassurance would be great! Thanks!!

    **** Also, my dad does have Type 2 Diabetes, but I’m not sure that’s really the case for me. I haven’t felt funny other than this increased urination.

    • ANSWER:
      You could have a condition called Diabetes Insipidus. They are constantly thirsty and urinate a lot. It is not related to Type 2 Diabetes but is caused when your kidneys become unable to retain water. Your urine would be less concentrated. If this is the case, it is highly treatable.

    Can thyroid problems cause birth defects?
    I was in for my two month OB appointment and my doc said that my thyroid problem (they’re not producing the right amount of hormones and it’s slowing down my metabolism) could cause birth defects, when I asked the nurses who were taking my blood about it, they said that they were double checking everyones thyroid levels because they’ve found more problems caused by thyroid complications, but that they’d not been told that and don’t worry. My doctor has not yet called me back as to whether or not I need a higher dosage of Levoxyl so I’ve not been able to get my refill. Also I’m out of town and my boyfriend forgot to pack my prenatal vitamins and antibiotics for my UTI, it’s been since Friday, will I be alright? Do you have any information of the effects of this?

    • ANSWER:
      Well, my mom has the same thyroid problem as you. She has hypothyroidism which sounds exactly like your problem and I was born perfectly healthy. 9 lbs. 10 oz. I wouldn’t be too concerned, but let the doctors do what they do best.

    childs blood lab results ?
    I am sub clinical hyperthyroid on meds, but my 10 year old son just got his blood labs back and confusing me a little. We are going to an Endocrin in a few weeks but for now his outdated thryroid tests are on my mind. I will post below and if you can tell me where it could be pointing, it would help me a bunch. Also if any of the other condtions he has could effect his thyroid levels and not actually be a thryroid problem. Thank you…
    PS: Please dont tell me I need more tests then what they did, I know they didnt do any anitbodies or tsh…..I have no clue why not either, but they will !!!!

    t4 is low at 3.1 (4.5-10.9)
    t3 uptake is high at 52 (22.5-37)
    fti is normal at 1.6 (1.2-3.1)
    Alk phos is high at 144 (25-100)
    Mono is high at 9.6 (3-9)
    Neut is high at 49.5 (23-45)

    He is currently losing his hair and balding in the crown section. He also has an unclassified eating disorder and has for 6 years (severly picky eater) The only meds he takes is Miralax due to bad diet causing bowel issues. Hes only 30% on growth chart. Tall but very skinny. No other problems.

    • ANSWER:
      I am glad to hear that you are going back to get more lab tests done like the TSH.
      Well here is my research, all points to ” Hyperthyroidism”.
      In healthy people, the thyroid makes just the right amounts of two hormones, T4 and T3, which have important actions throughout the body. These hormones regulate many aspects of our metabolism, eventually affecting how many calories we burn, how warm we feel, and how much we weigh. In short, the thyroid “runs” our metabolism. These hormones also have direct effects on most organs, including the heart which beats faster and harder under the influence of thyroid hormones. Essentially all cells in the body will respond to increases in thyroid hormone with an increase in the rate at which they conduct their business. Hyperthyroidism is the medical term to describe the signs and symptoms associated with an over production of thyroid hormone. For an overview of how thyroid hormone is produced and how its production is regulated check out our thyroid hormone production page.

      Hyperthyroidism is a condition caused by the effects of too much thyroid hormone on tissues of the body. Although there are several different causes of hyperthyroidism, most of the symptoms that patients experience are the same regardless of the cause (see the list of symptoms below). Because the body’s metabolism is increased, patients often feel hotter than those around them and can slowly lose weight even though they may be eating more. The weight issue is confusing sometimes since some patients actually gain weight because of an increase in their appetite. Patients with hyperthyroidism usually experience fatigue at the end of the day, but have trouble sleeping. Trembling of the hands and a hard or irregular heartbeat (called palpitations) may develop. These individuals may become irritable and easily upset. When hyperthyroidism is severe, patients can suffer shortness of breath, chest pain, and muscle weakness. Usually the symptoms of hyperthyroidism are so gradual in their onset that patients don’t realize the symptoms until they become more severe. This means the symptoms may continue for weeks or months before patients fully realize that they are sick. In older people, some or all of the typical symptoms of hyperthyroidism may be absent, and the patient may just lose weight or become depressed.
      Common symptoms and signs of hyperthyroidism
      Heat intolerance
      Increased bowel movements
      Light or absent menstrual periods
      Fast heart rate
      Trembling hands
      Weight loss
      Muscle weakness
      Warm moist skin
      Hair loss
      Staring gaze

      Remember, the words “signs” and “symptoms” have different medical meanings. Symptoms are those problems that a patient notices or feels. Signs are those things that a physician can objectively detect or measure. For instance, a patient will feel hot, this is a symptom. The physician will touch the patient’s skin and note that it is warm and moist, this is a sign.
      I hope this info has helped you in some small way. My heart goes out to you and your son, once he gets on the proper meds, slowely things should go back to some sort of normality. I wish you the best outcome and healing.

    Can someone help me with thyroid issues?
    Well around one month ago my doctor tested my thyroid levels as constantly suffering fatigue, depression etc. It came back with TSH of 0.01 (very low) and T3 was 11.1 (extremely high). It reflects hyperthyroidism which makes no sense as have no energy and struggle with my weight. Have been on Neomercazole for 3 weeks and feeling no different. Also taking Deralin as I have too much adrenaline to my heart and pulse over 100. Going for nuclear thyroid scan today but what else can I do to feel better? Also I am looking to join the gym. Will this effect my heart rate in a bad way?
    Just letting you know the doctor has just kept telling me to give the medication time to work but that is not much help for me when I am working two jobs and have to feel somewhat alive at both of them.

    • ANSWER:
      hyperthyroidism makes people tired as well esp in teh first stages of the diease are its an autoimmune problem.. aslo the deralin is a b blocker heart medication that has significant fatigue and tiredness as a common side effect

    Has anyone had luck getting pregnant with Metformin? Its side effects are bad and I am wondering if it works.?
    My husband and I have been trying to get pregnant since our miscarriage last April. I have PCOS which I have known about for awhile now. PCOS plus my underactive Thyroid are causing me not to ovulate. We thought that the fact that I got pregnant before shows that I am able but my doctor told me my thyroid was probably the reason of the miscarriage and there is a high risk with me going through another miscarriage if I get pregnant prior to my thyroid levels being to normal. My doctor put me on synthroid and Metformin 1000 mgs. I couldnt handle the 1000 mgs because I couldnt even function because of how sick I was. I am now on 500 mgs and have to increase to 1000 as soon as I can handle it. I get so sick that I almost pass. Per my doctor this is the best medicine to take to help me get pregnant. Has anyone had luck with Metformin and getting pregnant? How long did it take?I am sure you understand that when you are ready for a baby you will try anything. Thanks in advance for advice.

    • ANSWER:
      I took metformin for about six months until I got pregnant. I also have PCOS, but not the thyroid problem. I didn’t have too many problems with the metformin. The main thing is to eat low fat, low carb foods that are not greasy! That grease will have a really bad effect! Oh I love oranges and I also had some problems when I ate them so I ate them very rarely. And corn and other high fiber foods… I started out at 500 mg twice a day and by the last month I was on 850 mg twice a day. I was also prescribed clomid and I took it four months total. I took 50mg clomid in October, 100mg in November, 150mg in December, skipped January, and 200mg in February. Now I’m 7 weeks pregnant and I feel so happy and lucky!

    Merina IUD effects after removal how to get back to normal?
    Merina IUD side effects and marina crash side effects for my daughter….still going February- pregnant 19 by 25 yr old first pregnancy… Abortion first ever IUD marina same day insertions as abortion Yr later Sept bloated tummy, anxiety attacks, paranoid, tummy flutters, pushing sensation.. Odor, discharge something’s wrong Next day….Marina removed, antibiotics, bacteria infection Lab test all negative. Next four weeks…. Barley any sleep, barley any food, depression, anxiety, out burst, rage anger, sadness, self verbal destruction, blaming self, tossing turning, moaning, soul hurts, very moody up and down, no patience, confusion, face breaking out…looking pale, skinny, unhealthy….It’s like a drug addict addicted to drugs but this is addicted to the guy who got her pregnant… no drugs ,no alcohol, Call radio station, ask why are they not making sense… TV.. fate/Destiny, symbolic meaning meant to be….. Reality. .NOT an option…. 25 yr old who got me pregnant was a fling off and on a yr.. Convinced self…… had to be with him ,loved him, Drove over to his house daily, Called daily, text daily, Believe the earth was putting signs of fate and destiny to be together with him Couldn’t be in public, took time off from work, saw counselor, who said needed anti- psychotic pills, depression pills, and sleep pills have hormones checked, thyroid level…. Alice in wonderland can’t separate reality from fantasy. Saw another doctor, had test….white blood cells moderately high have to go do more testing. doctor said doesn’t need hormones checked…. said ADHD need meds again… Feel crazy, feel like losing mind, drifting in and out of thought conversation, space out get into trance like sate, and feel as if I can’t control self, Have to be with this guy, have to protect him. Pregnant because of him, Convincing self destine to be together, family marriage future with guy.. Other times acceptance of rejection from him, never wanted to be together. Lost three weeks of work., keys to car taken, keep texting him calling him…Girlfriends tell to stop….Ignore her.. What’s real and what’s not. Keep repeating questions seeing signs, from TV, radio, he wants me……he needs me…All in my head??? Everyone tells me…All in my head.. Can’t take ADHD pill, can’t sleep,….Confusion, blurry vision, see colors…..What’s real??? Snapping at family, angry, disbelief,he wants me…. Reality. Is he doesn’t can’t accept it…. Family thinks I’m loosing my mind…am I? Over a guy? Who was just a fling? Who I thought was the One…. The reality shows, We are meant to be together…..But told It’s all in my head… No family history of mental disorder, never have gone though this.. Always had confidence before marina IUD….. Never chased guys, never had too…what’s wrong??? Why this behavior?? know’s better, he wants me, Began Sept 26th..anxiety,flutters,pushing,bloating….swollen belly.. Still going Oct 28th..Removed Sept 28th 09…..after removal instantly feel better then BOOM!!! Downhill spiral of emotions began’s…..Still feel very clouded in her head, confusion expression……head tells her the opposite of what the family tell’s her… What can I do as a mother with great concern???? How do I get her back to the happy,outgoing,confident 19 yr old she was????

    • ANSWER:
      This should help regulate her cycles and her hormones. Every time I get off of birth control, even after I gave birth this helped me.

      Chaste Tree Berry (Vitex)
      Chasteberry has the effect of stimulating and normalizing pituitary gland functions, especially its progesterone function. The greatest use of Vitex Agnus Castus – or Chasteberry – lies in normalizing the activity of female sex hormones and it is thus indicated for dysmenorrhoea, premenstrual stress and other disorders related to hormone function. It is especially beneficial during menopausal changes. In a similar way it may be used to aid the body to regain a natural balance after the use of the birth control pill. Because it can increase progesterone and extend the luteal phase, some women begin taking it when they ovulate, though regular daily use is indicated in the promotion of fertility.
      As vitex is safe, it may be used by women seeking to become pregnant to increase chances of conception. More specifically, it can be used by women with irregular ovulatory function and by women with shorter luteal phases. Vitex may also be used after discontinuing use of birth control pills to restore normal ovulation.


      This is what I buy, I would recommend taking it everyday for at least 3 cycles and seeing how it works for you.

      I would suggest her staying off meds for a while and seeing if she cannot gain control of this herself. She needs someone to talk to that’s unbiased and professional, a counselor of some kind. I would also suggest condoms or a Paragard IUD (it has no hormones), any kind of birth control that won’t affect her hormones.

      ~Pro-Choice Momma; Have had an abortion and I have a 10 month old daughter . I believe in protecting my daughter’s choice.

      Abortion: There is a Consensus

    What is wrong with me and why are my TSH levels inconsistent?
    A little over a month ago I had some blood work done because I noticed that something just didn’t feel right for the last 2 years. Some of my issues were/are my hair falling out, my skins dry, my nails are brittle to the point where the break so much that they bleed, I’m only 22 years old and I am always extremely sluggish, always tired and very depressed and most importantly, I’ve been gaining a lot of weight. Just between this september and mid november i gained 15 lbs and I have a healthy diet. My TSH level was a 14.2 last month and my doctor said that since I got sick a 3 days later, with something that seemed like strep (rapid tested negatiive) it could have contributed to my high level so he wanted me to wait another month then get another blood test. I just got my lab results back and my TSH levels are now a 5.09. Is it normal to change that much? Could something else be wrong with me other than thyroid issues? Also, i take adderall so could that be a factor in any of this? I just really need to know what is wrong with me because it is effecting my performance at school and work and I’m getting deperate.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi Toni. It sounds like you definitely have a thyroid problem. Yes, TSH can change a lot, even from day to day. I’ve had hypothyroidism for years, and mine changes a lot ( even on medication ). If you’re not happy with your doctor, get a second opinion. A lot of doctors tend to let people suffer with thyroid symptoms, because they want to wait to see what happens. The longer you go without treatment, the worse your symptoms will get. Find a doctor that will listen to you about your symptoms, and help you. I went to quite a few s doctors, before i found a decent one. Good luck. Feel better soon :-)

    Why not Soy………………………?
    In spite of glaring reports from alternative circles, soy is still considered a miracle food by many people. Even the medical community – who should be aware of the real affects of soy – still recommend this food as a great vegetarian source of protein and nutrients. This, however, is not true.
    I like to call soy an “anti-food.” That may sound harsh to some of you, but what soy does to us is so dangerous, so profound it deserves to be labeled harshly. Here’s just some of the things in soy that, in my opinion (and many other’s), make it an anti-food:
    Phytoestrogens: These are essentially plant hormones. I know a lot of people who buy organic milk to avoid hormones, but don’t realize that soy products are actually even more dangerous. Phytoestrogens interfere with normal hormone regulation. This can really throw our systems out of whack, causing problems like PMS (premenstrual syndrom), cystic fibrosis and even breast cancer in women. In men, these phytoestrogens can cause high estrogen and a decline in testosterone production. This leads to fat weight gain, decreased libido and all sorts of other problems (I know you guys out there don’t like the sound of that). We should also be concerned about the negative impact these plant hormones have on fertility.
    Trypsin Inhibitors: Trypsin is important for protein assimilation, so these inhibitors interfere with protein absorption – ironic, considering soy is considered by many to be a valuable protein source. These trypsin inhibitors have led to stunted growth and pancreatic disorders (including cancer) in test animals.
    Phytic Acid: Soy contains very high levels of phytic acid, which interferes with the use of valuable minerals like calcium, copper, iron, magnesium and zinc. The phytic acid in soy is also extremely resistant to soaking, sprouting and fermentation (which works to neutralize phytic acid in other foods like grains Cheeseslave made a great post about soaking grains).
    Soy can also cause problems with the absorption of other nutrients, like vitamin B12 and vitamin D – yet another reason why high soy consumption is causing rampant nutrient deficiencies in vegetarians and vegans. Soy can also damage the thyroid, which may explain why thyroid dysfunction is so common nowadays.
    Furthermore, during processing soy takes on an even uglier face and forms neurotoxins like MSG. Processed soy also contains high levels of aluminum, a highly toxic metal linked to many health problems (like Alzheimer’s).
    Experts like Sally Fallon Morrell, head of the Weston A. Price Foundation, are highly concerned with the amount of soy in our children’s diets today, often beginning with soy formula at birth. I was shocked to read this statement on the Weston A Price Foundation website: ”Babies on soy formula receive the estrogenic equivalent of at least 5 birth control pills per day.”
    Soy is just not meant to be eaten – at least, not the way we eat it today. Remember, traditional cultures ate only small amounts of highly fermented soy (i.e. fermented for six months). Fermented soy was often eaten with foods like fish broth, which would counteract some of the adverse effects like thyroid damage.
    So, this is why I say no to soy. What has been your experience with this food?
    Source: The Nourished Life
    The Nourished Life is a blog which focuses on finding nourishment in life through traditional foods and natural living. My goal is to bridge the gap between real people and real food, making nourishing foods more achievable in the real world. I believe food is the foundation of healthy living, and what you eat will have a substantial impact on your health and well-being. Disease and illness are on the rise now that we depend on processed food for our nourishment, but we can learn from the examples of healthy traditional cultures and make food choices that truly nourish our bodies. Learn helpful tips about reducing stress, getting more quality sleep, improving your body image, avoiding toxic chemicals and much more. Here at The Nourished Life, it’s not about doing everything right – because no one can! It’s about learning what you need to know to live a more nourished life, taking bite-sized steps on this amazing journey down the road of nourishment. After all, it’s not just about reaching a destination – it’s about all the incredible experiences you have along the way.

    • ANSWER:
      Lets get married.

    I’m on 200 mg Levothyroxine for hypothyroidism and still feeling sluggish and having severe headaches.?
    I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism caused by Hashimoto’s Disease about 3 years ago. I am STILL trying to get my thyroid level back on track. My dr has continued to increase my dosage of Levothyroxine to no avail. I was on 175 mg of Levothyroxine up until 2 months ago and my bloodwork showed a TSH level of 20. So he upped my dosage to 200 mg saying that this is near the highest level normally prescribed. I have been taking it for 2 months and felt good for about 3 days and now am back to feeling very sluggish, having severe headaches, brain fog, weight gain (lots), mood swings, etc.
    It feels like I’m not taking anything…no effects whatsoever. (I’m taking it first thing in the morning on an empty stomach with water. I don’t eat or drink for at least 1 hour afterwards…just like my dr instructed.)
    Has anyone experienced this difficulty of getting results from thyroid meds? What will the dr end up doing if this high dose doesn’t work? I just want my old life back…so does my husband…tired of the mood swings, I’m sure but he’s been really supportive!

    Thanks for any info or experiences you can share!

    • ANSWER:
      maybe you need to try b12 vitamins.. b12 is for your energy and such ppl use them to help lose weight as well and you medication might not be making you gain weight it could b from your hypothyrodism cuz it can cause weight gain

      ask your doctor if you can mix b12 vitamins (if you choose to try to) with your medication just incase it could do something to you

    HOw long does it take for Hypothyroid meds to take effect and lower TSH levels?
    I am curious to know if anyone else has been throught he up and downs of thyroid meds? I started at 11. something and got down to 3.something recently I started feeling bad so I got my labs done came back it had gone up to 5.21! How could it go up and down like that?? He incresed my Armour to 2 grains. I still feel like crap! I feel like I did when I started except for the freezing in bed under the covers! But I am so TIRED again weight gain is awful, depression, muscle twitchs, pain! I have been adjusting meds since last August! And it is still not right! Has anyone else gone throught his. I started with Synthroid but it made me too shakey and I could not sleep then I went to Armour, I do not have any side effects from Armour and because it has both T3 and T4 I heard it was better. I am at a loss, how could I be getting worse and my meds are higher then they were when i felt good? Also I was taking Standard process vitamins for adrenal function and my husband says I felt better then?

    • ANSWER:
      Hey sister,

      Thyroid hormones are slow-acting, so once you find the right level it can take a while for your body to catch up to your meds. Level can depend on a lot of things–like, if you gain weight you need more. Also, whether or not you have a thyroid (I don’t anymore–cancer surgery). If you do, and you’re supplementing an underactive one, your own thyroid may be producing different amounts at different times. People with Hashimoto’s syndrome can have huge variations up and down from their own thyroid.

      Two dietary things to check out, if you still have a thyroid–are you getting enough iodine (which the thyroid needs to produce T4) and, are you eating too much soy? They’ve been finding that a diet high in soy can depress thyroid output. Remember to check any packaged foods–lots of them use soy now for extra protein and filler.

      Two EXCELLENT info sources– Mary Shomon’s thyroid info pages and newsletter on About.com, which you can have emailed to you or just read on line; and WebMD’s discussion board on thyroid. The people there are really knowledgable.

      Also, as the other poster mentioned, you may have more than one thing going on. People with one autoimmune disease often have more than one–fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue, lupus, etc. You may want to ask your doctor if you should be watching other symptoms.
      very best luck to you!

    Hair loss and thyroid replacement?
    I take levothyroxine, 50mcg, once a day. I have taken it since 2009 (around August) and the hair loss started about 3 months ago (around June or July). It is coming out rapidly, filling up my brush almost daily and it just keeps coming. My thyroid levels are good. I also have Hashimoto’s but my antibody levels are doing okay.

    I thought it might be a side effect of the drug, but everything says that would have started around when I started taking the drug and would be temporary. I now have an almost bald spot above my temple, and who knows where else there might be more.

    I have tried to take good care of my hair, I take vitamins, I use good conditioner, I only use a wide tooth comb to brush it almost all of the time, I rarely straighten it, I only dye it about 2x a year max if at all, I don’t over wash it, I don’t use hair ties often and when I do I don’t pull my hair tight or use ones with metal pieces. My stylist told me everything I needed to do to help it be healthy and grow longer (preventing breakage) and I have been doing that for over 2 years. My hair was very healthy, and now, even though it still seems healthy, it is falling out at a frightening pace.

    I am 24 years old, female, and under no more stress than I have been my whole life. I have no insurance and can’t see a doctor about it at the moment (money is tight, but has been for years, so nothing new for stress there). I don’t have kids.

    The only major change in my life is I started on a slightly higher dose birth control (I was on the lowest does available and having breakthrough bleeding, but I’m still on a low dose pill) about 3 months ago. This is the only correlating event and I was told this couldn’t be the cause.

    I have no idea why all of a sudden I started losing my hair. Any help? And please don’t just suggest I see a doctor, I can’t afford it. I need some kind of direction. Thanks.
    Oh, and my iron levels are great.

    • ANSWER:
      Might be Alopecia Areata (SPOT BALDNESS) an autoimmune disease. It causes bald spot that can spread to the whole scalp and sometimes even the whole body. Stress has been known to be the main cause.

      For a start you can compare with the images in www.curespotbaldness.com. Following this, a skin biopsy should be carried out by a trained medical doctor or a dermatologist. This is the best way to diagnose and confirm. It will show any abnormal concentration of T-cells (immune cells) at the affected area.

      My bro did the same when had this problem. However he managed to recover using a treatment he found in the website. Wish you a quick recovery

    regarding blood sugar levels?…?
    taken a test when I was pregnant & my levels dropped dramatically after drinking the orange juice, then returned to “normal” (per phys) after 10 minutes (no “side effects” noted);; also have noticed that after I eat (not exceptionally full), I will feel drained for ~ 15-20 minutes, non-specific to type of food other than perhaps “sugary foods”;; anyone tell me exactly what’s going on?? any time I ask a doc, they just say, nothing’s wrong, it’s ok…? btw, my pregnancy was years back…but this “situation” happens often but not always;; if this info helps…I am not overweight, if anything, on the thin side with high metabolism, unchecked for thyroid condition…any help on this matter would be greatly appreciated!!

    Thxs, ahead!!

    • ANSWER:
      creed – What you describe is NOT diabetes, but may be almost the opposite. It is call “hyperinsulinism” (too much insulin that the body suddenly produces when food is consumed). Hyperinsulinism or hyperinsulinemia refers to an above normal level of insulin in the blood of a person. Normal insulin secretion and blood levels are closely related to the level of glucose in the blood, so that a given level of insulin can be normal for one blood glucose level but low or high for another. Hyperinsulinism can be associated with several types of medical problems, which can be roughly divided into two broad categories: those tending toward reduced sensitivity to insulin and high blood glucose levels (hyperglycemia), and those tending toward excessive insulin secretion and low glucose levels (hypoglycemia). The best physician to evaluate such a possibility is an endocrinologist or internal medicine specialist.

    Can eating before taking a blood test, effect the results?
    I ate 4 hours before taking a blood test. It showed I had high calcium levels and low Vitamin D levels. Doctor suspects I have a thyroid problem. I ate a bowl of cereal with milk, if that helps.
    No, my doctor did not say to fast.

    • ANSWER:
      yes it can. But if you are worried about V-D, get some sun (without sunblock)

    If TSH test came out normal, does it mean my thyroid is normal?
    I have a horrible side effects like all what you know about a person who just panic and having anxiety..

    the doctor told me to do a test for TSH ( thyroid Stimulating hormone) and it came out 2.55 uIU/ml

    which was written normal..

    Normal TSH is ( 0.27 – 4.2 )
    does that make me feel safe that my thyroid is normal.. I have heard about T3, T4.. and some strange names for thyroid test…

    can TSH be enough to tell me that it is working well

    I am worried and kind of panicing .. afraid.. my anxiety is killing me please help me

    and I am about to ask the doctor for Adrenal hormone test… so tell me how it works?

    does it take from blood?

    I have anxiety and panic disorder.. as I know.. and can my adrenal test tell me what’s wrong?

    what kind tests I have to take to be sure that all what I feel is from adrenal rush into my body..
    I feel horrible .. sad disapointed.

    now my prolactin level is high.. and my period is late.. can anxiety rise my prolactin level up?


    • ANSWER:

    Can TSH test came out normal, does it mean my thyroid is normal?
    I have a horrible side effects like all what you know about a person who just panic and having anxiety..

    the doctor told me to do a test for TSH ( thyroid Stimulating hormone) and it came out 2.55 uIU/ml

    which was written normal..

    Normal TSH is ( 0.27 – 4.2 )
    does that make me feel safe that my thyroid is normal.. I have heard about T3, T4.. and some strange names for thyroid test…

    can TSH be enough to tell me that it is working well

    I am worried and kind of panicing .. afraid.. my anxiety is killing me please help me

    and I am about to ask the doctor for Adrenal hormone test… so tell me how it works?

    does it take from blood?

    I have anxiety and panic disorder.. as I know.. and can my adrenal test tell me what’s wrong?

    what kind tests I have to take to be sure that all what I feel is from adrenal rush into my body..
    I feel horrible .. sad disapointed.

    now my prolactin level is high.. and my period is late.. can anxiety rise my prolactin level up?


    • ANSWER:
      The normal range has changed for TSH, it is .3 to 3 with the IDEAL range being . 3 to 2. (The labs have not changed their paper work yet to catch up)If yours is at 2.55, it is a little high and should be at least around 2, and between 1 and 2 ideally. but it isn’t critical or anything like that, it is barely out of the ideal range, but in the normal range.
      Off just a little , could make a difference,in how you feel, but a doctor won’t necessarily say that.
      You should keep an eye on the TSH (have it tested once a year )and if you can find a doctor to test the T3/T4, then do that. Some wont’ test anything besides TSH and T4, ,because they say the hormones for thyroid work in a loop, there is a lot of difference in opinion about what to test., but you need your body to be able to convert the T4 to T3 which is the active form of thyroid hormone that you need.
      So, your TSH isn’t that bad, but slightly elevated, which MAY mean you should watch it over the months and if it goes higher you may need some thyroid replacement.
      Good for yu for having it tested.
      A blood test for adrenal hormones is all it is. Ask your doctor to test for cortisol, sex, adrenal , dheas levels there. Many don’t test for cortisol, and they should.
      Cortisol is a stress hormone and if one hormone is off, there are probably others off as well.
      Cortisol high levels can cause your symptoms as well, and can indicate adrenal glands overworked, weak or even serious adrenal disease.
      Something sounds like it is off , but you should not panic. That your tSH is in the normal range, and slightly elevated for the ‘ideal’ range, is a good sign that your bascially ok.
      I don’t know about the prolactin , but I hope you find a doctor that knows how to test and not have to rely on yours or your current doctors lack of knowledge.
      You need someone who knows what they are doing.
      Some osteopathic doctors are trained in hormone replacement and may know hormones, and some obgys are trained. You could call a compounding pharmacy and ask them for a list of doctors expert in testing and treating hormones. examples thehallcentervenice.com feelingfff.com
      Here is a free self help method you can go learn and apply to all your fears and panics so to bring them down to nothing quickly eftuniverse.com click on ‘get started free’ or therapists at eftmasters.com
      Something is off in your body, and sometimes all it takes is a healthier diet, proper vitamins and minerals , sleeping enough,exericse.
      Here is a lot of good information, and answer to yur questions

    Is it safe for a pregnant woman to drink infant formula?
    I would think not….


    <5-45 ug/l in breast milk 557-2,346 ug/l in soy formula Aluminum interferes with cellular metabolic processes and information transfer from DNA Silicon 55.45ng/ml in milk of mothers with silicone implants 51.05ng/ml in milk of mothers without implants 746-13,811 ng/ml in 26 brands of formula tested for silicon The effect of large amounts of silicon on an infant is unknown Cadmium Cadmium is a highly toxic metal that can cause kidney damage in high amounts. Neurotoxic effects such as psychomotor disturbances, behavioral and cognitive disorders have been demonstrated in animal models with low-dose exposure. Cadmium levels can be 6 times higher in soy formula compared to milk- based formula. Cadmium is also found in cereals with the exposure of dietary cadmium from weaning diets up to 12 times higher in children fed infant formula compared to breast milk. Genetically engineered corn and soy Detected in Alsoy (Carnation/Nestle), Similac Neocare (Ross Labs), Isomil (Ross Labs), Prosobee (Mead Johnson) Transgenic ingredients pose the risk of introducing novel toxins, new allergens, and increased antibiotic resistance to infants. The FDA does not require labeling of genetically engineered foods, so parents will remain unaware that their baby is consuming transgenic ingredients MSG (processed free glutamic acid and processed free aspartic acid) These are known neurotoxins found in a number of infant formulas. Because the blood brain barrier is not fully developed in infants, these neurotoxins are more accessible to the infant brain than the adult brain. The highest levels of these neurotoxins were found in hypoallergenic formulas. Because no studies have been done on the long term outcomes of infants fed on hypoallergenic formulas it is unknown if they will exhibit more learning disabilities at school age, and/or more endocrine disorders such as obesity, and reproductive disorders, later in life. Phytoestrogens Phytoestrogens are endocrine disruptors found in soy formulas. Infants fed soy formula can have circulating phytoestrogen concentrations that are 13,000-22,000 times higher than normal levels in early life. These bioactive compounds can create steroid hormone imbalance, compete with enzymes that metabolize steroids, drugs and xenobiotics, and can influence gonadal function. Genistein can be carcinogenic if exposure occurs during critical periods of differentiation. Soy formula has been linked to premature thelarche (breast development in infants and girls under eight years of age). Phytoestrogens (isoflavones) also act on the thyroid gland. They are well known inducers of goiter and anti-thyroid agents. They act against the thyroid by inhibition of thyroid peroxidase. Children with autoimmune thyroid disease were three times more likely to have been fed soy formula in infancy. 2 Phthalates and Bisphenol-A These are endocrine disrupting industrial chemicals. Phthalates are used as plasticisers and are testicular toxins as well as estradiol imitators. Bisphenol-A is used in the production of polycarbonate plastics and has been found in plastic baby bottles. It can leach from the container and has been known to be estrogenic since 1938. Bisphenol-A resins are used as lacquers to coat metal products such as food cans. With a high affinity for fatty products, it has been shown to leach into the content of cans during the autoclaving process, including cans of milk based infant formula. Contaminants in water used to reconstitute concentrated and powdered formula Lead Lead in water used to reconstitute formula can cause elevations in blood lead levels if used from the hot water tap or boiled. Boiling concentrates lead. There is a 6 point IQ drop for every 10ug increase in blood lead levels. Nitrates Infants fed formula reconstituted with nitrate-contaminated water are at risk for potentially fatal methemoglobinemia. Nitrates are converted to nitrites by the baby resulting in hemoglobin being converted to methemoglobin that cannot bind molecular oxygen. This risk increases if babies under six months are also fed baby food with high concentrations of nitrates such as green beans and bananas. Atrazine Atrazine is a weed killer that causes mammary and uterine cancer in rats. In the cities and towns with the worst tap water contamination, formula-fed babies who consume reconstituted formula would receive a lifetime dose of this chemical in the first four months of their lives. Bacteria Significant bacterial contamination can occur during home preparation of powdered infant formula. Reconstituted formula stored in the refrigerator shows increasing bacterial counts over time

    • ANSWER:
      makes me glad im a breastfeeder….but then again i was formula fed….i wonder how that affects my milk now…?

    Bilirubin (Jaundice results and meaning)?
    My newborn 26 days old has been getting his bilirubin tested frequently. On Aug 22 he was 255, 4 days later on aug 26 he was 242 , three days later on monday aug 27 he was 200 and three days later which were todays results were 201, so he seems to be stuck around the 200 level. Doctor isn’t saying much just need more tests. and waiting on his ths (thyroid test result to come back)
    What are the risk factors of having Jaundice after 4 weeks old? and are there any side effects?, and what do these levels mean? he is gaining weight ,as well as growing ( 7.4 lb at birth today he is 8.8lbs)
    Thankyou so much for any clairification to this just worried that is all on what these high levels mean,

    • ANSWER:
      Bilirubins test for the function of the kidneys. Babies often get tested for this because they aren’t getting rid of their old blood cells, which means that their kidneys aren’t filtering out the old blood cells…that is why they often get that yellow color.
      here is a site that might help, but i would come out and ask the doctor. you as a patient(gurardian/parent of your child) have the right to know what is going on with your baby. but babys usually have this problem so i wouldn’t really worry to much but if it continues then i’d be worried.

    How can I better regulate my TSH? I am on thyroid medicine but its not working for me.?
    In Dec. 2009, I became ill with a variant form of Thyroid cancer. I lost my ability to speak. I began to lose my ability to swallow and breathe. I underwent surgery to have thyroid removed. I followed the Low Iodine Diet and underwent the radioactive iodine treatments with isolation and completed treatment this spring. I was put on thyroid medicine.

    Fast Forward 6 months. I now have another form of cancer. This cancer is interfering with my body’s ability to absorb and process my thyroid medicine. My Doctor has increased my medicine to a level that is really high. It has no effect but if by chance my body were to absorb it, it would be serious. Is there something I could do that would lower my TSH and make me more comfortable?

    • ANSWER:

    Has any one tried METFORMIN and experienced weight loss?
    i’m going to make this quick, since 2008 i have been feeling horrible, i gained 50 lbs. i couldn’t shift it, i hardly eat, i run 45 minutes on a treadmill per day, i went for a blood test, it said i had an underactive thyroid, then i had another and it came back fine, then i demanded a 3rd because i felt so ill, it said i had high testosterone levels and i was missing periods for months and everything!!! my doctor finally diagnosed me with pcos, i was gained weight and having skin boils on my backs, legs, face ect :(

    I’m an 18 year old female, i am so happy right now cause I’ve finally been diagnosed and he has put me on metroformin and he told me, i am going to have drastic rapid weight loss on these pills and the reason i wasn’t losing weight before was because of the disease i didn’t no i had. and now I’m going on pills I should be getting better. and all my symptoms will be cured in time.

    I then googled anyone who has been on the same pill as me, (it can be used for pcos or diabetes) and some people have said:
    ” I have been taking metformin since Nov11th and have already lost 11lbs I was currently diagnosed with pcos (poly cystic ovarian syndrome) He gave it to me for my pcos and said it would help me lose weight too!”

    - “I take it for diabetes, and have lost 57 pounds in one year.”

    - “I guess I should amp mine up.I have it and forget to take it…But usually a dr. doesn’t prescrib just metformin for a diet..Diabetics take that…I have lost 40lbs already..”

    -I have lost 40 pounds on it. But before you run to your doctor for it, understand that I follow a rather strict diet 1000-1200 calories a day, limit sweets, and exercise daily (yoga, weight training and interval cardio training)

    I- have lost 30lbs in 2 months using Metformin and the Insulin Resistance diet. I think the diet change is what did it more than the Metformin, honestly. Check out the book about the insulin resistance diet.


    - I also have pcos and take metformin. i know that metformin can cause stomach problems and alcohol can make it worse. I did lose about 55 lbs the first 6 months of being on it. drink lots of water and watch your sugar intake because metformin does effect your insulin levels. you are not going to lose weight just by taking metformin but it does help with moderate diet and excercise.

    - I started metformin in July with a starting dosage of 1000mg working up finally to 2500mg for PCOS. In that amount of time I’ve lost 34 pounds, and also have become pregnant (which was my goal).

    - I’ve lost 11 pounds in 10 weeks. The diarrea (sorry sp) only lasted one or two times,

    - I lost about 30 pounds……..w/out even changing anything in my diet………actually i started eating more and horribly so after i lost the 30 i gained back some

    - I lost 40 pounds the first year I was on it, but I think that happened for a few different reasons.

    - My doc switched me from avandia to metformin and I lost 30 lbs without trying.

    after reading these stories people on yahoo answers have said, now I feel like there is hope!

    so will I loose weight on these?

    anyone has stories who’s been on metroformin?

    thank you

    • ANSWER:
      this is a question for your Endocrinologist – I really don’t feel qualified to answer this question.

    I don’t understand thyroid results?
    Was over active, had iodine treatment so am now under active,have been for over 10 years. GP called me in about thyroid function test result and said my “something” level should be between 1-3
    but now is 12.1. I am on 175 thyroxin already, GP said that is the maximum I can have. She also spoke about the pituitary gland having an effect. My blood pressure was very high and GP has prescribed water tablets. What is the significance of 12.1 and what adverse effects is that having on me? Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      I am assuming that you are referring to your TSH level. If it is high it indicates that you are not on enough levothyroxine and are still underactive. I have certainly had the odd patient who required more than 200 micrograms a day.

    Am I still actually Virgin?
    I never had sex but I think hymen already broke as transvaginal sonography performed easily?
    As I mentioned in my previous post I just turned 30 and separated from ex 1.5 years ago. My ex was impotent so I divorced him. But because of this incident I started suffering from depression and it effects my health badly. So now I am suffering from hormonal imbalance and thyroid. A year ago when I missed my 2 periods, I went to gynecologist. She said that your thyroid level is not so high that it cause to miss periods so I have to check whether you suffer from PCOS. She suggested trnasvaginal sonography. I told her I am virgin, she said it doesn’t matter. Then she asked me to lie down and inserted the sonography machine to my vagina. I wonder that the machine was inserted so easily. However as I never experienced penetration so when she tried to insert so deeply I started feeling uncomfortable. Maybe it was psychological but because of uncomfort I started resisting, she asked me to relax my muscles but as I was resisting she took the machine out, and asked to come with full bladder next day from transabdominal sonography.

    1) Now my confusion here is that I am virgin and never had sex or never masturbate even though how machine inserted to vagina very easily and I did not experienced any bleeding. So does that mean my hymen already broken earlier or never had hymen?? I would have asked to doctor but forgot to ask.

    2) Secondly after transabdominal sonography doctor said my ovaries are 2 mm smaller than normal. Doctor said it is little bit smaller but that will not be a major problem. Still I cant say clearly how it may effect. You have to go for remaining eggs left test. I dont know whether doctor was just trying to console me and hiding the truth.

    However FYI she gave me pills and I got the periods and since one year my periods are regular.

    • ANSWER:
      Dear Roop,

      See, you should know well about your body parts. There are many reasons behind a broken hymen. It is not broken only through sex or penetration. It may rapture due to excercise, cycling, stretching, horse riding etc.

      Don’t worry about. And pls don’t bother about virginity or non-virginity. Just talk with your doctor and ask him/her to be frank to you regarding the problems you have.


    I never had sex but I think hymen already broke as transvaginal sonography performed easily?
    As I mentioned in my previous post I just turned 30 and separated from ex 1.5 years ago. My ex was impotent so I divorced him. But because of this incident I started suffering from depression and it effects my health badly. So now I am suffering from hormonal imbalance and thyroid. A year ago when I missed my 2 periods, I went to gynecologist. She said that your thyroid level is not so high that it cause to miss periods so I have to check whether you suffer from PCOS. She suggested trnasvaginal sonography. I told her I am virgin, she said it doesn’t matter. Then she asked me to lie down and inserted the sonography machine to my vagina. I wonder that the machine was inserted so easily. However as I never experienced penetration so when she tried to insert so deeply I started feeling uncomfortable. Maybe it was psychological but because of uncomfort I started resisting, she asked me to relax my muscles but as I was resisting she took the machine out, and asked to come with full bladder next day from transabdominal sonography.

    1) Now my confusion here is that I am virgin and never had sex or never masturbate even though how machine inserted to vagina very easily and I did not experienced any bleeding. So does that mean my hymen already broken earlier or never had hymen?? I would have asked to doctor but forgot to ask.

    2) Secondly after transabdominal sonography doctor said my ovaries are 2 mm smaller than normal. Doctor said it is little bit smaller but that will not be a major problem. Still I cant say clearly how it may effect. You have to go for remaining eggs left test. I dont know whether doctor was just trying to console me and hiding the truth.

    However FYI she gave me pills and I got the periods and since one year my periods are regular.

    • ANSWER:
      The thing she inserted was probably small and thin, like a pen. A Hymen (named after the Greek god of Marriage, by the way) only mostly covers the vagina, leaving room for blood to seep out. A pen or other thin object can be inserted without affecting the hymen. A penis is a lot bigger than a hymen and can tear the skin of the hymen like paper and cause terrible pain and profuse bleeding. Before having sex, research hymenal dilation, which allows one to be deflowred with a minimal of pain.

    thyroid question – bothering me!?
    Ok…so I was diagnosed with hypothyroid in February. I started off on Levothyroxine at 75 mcg. After 6 wks when I went back, the endocronologist said that the levels had dropped from 6.5 to about 1.4 and that I should continue on 75 mcg. A month later when I went to my RE, she told me that my levels had gone really low and that now I had hyperthyroid! She reduced my dosage to 50 mcg. I tested after 6 wks and it showed some improvement and we reduced to 25 mcg. This time however, my levels went high again! It was yet again 6.5 (TSH).
    Since earlier 50 mcg proved too much and now 25 mcg is less, my RE asked me to take 37.5. However after another 6 wks when I tested, I am still at 6.4! Absolutely no effect of the dosage that I’m taking right now. She has now asked me to continue on the same dosage, except that weekly twice I should double the dosage.

    It’s now 7 months and my levels have not yet stabilized.
    Did anyone have a similar experience and do any of you have any suggestions?

    • ANSWER:
      Would your doctor consider putting you on natural dissicated thyroid like Armour or a few other brands? It contains not just T4 (Levothyroxine, synthetic, contains just T4), but some T3 and the other Ts. Has your doctor tested for you FT4 and FT3 as well? The perfect range for TSH for a lot of people is 0.4 to about 1.0, normally, and if you are TTC (since you poasted this in the TTC category) get it as close to 1.0 as possible.

      I was on Armour, actually, during my first pregnancy (but it was never increased during prenancy, which might have been a problem, and I will be more vigilant over it with my doctor during hopefully our next pregnancy). After the baby was born, my doctor tested me again finally, and found that I was getting enough FT3/T3 with Armour, but was not getting enough T4, so he added a dose of levothyroxine in addition to my armour dose. It made a huge difference in how I was feeling, the combination.

      Since I am not your doctor, just a lay person with some experience, I would think with a TSH that high, I would try to convince your doctor to UP your dose back to at least 50 mcg, and then talk to your doctor about alternative meds like Armour or similar “natural” (not synthetic meds). Sometimes the non-synthetic work better for some people, and for others, like me, a combination works well.

    Thyroid question – bothering me!?
    Ok…so I was diagnosed with hypothyroid in February. I started off on Levothyroxine at 75 mcg. After 6 wks when I went back, the endocronologist said that the levels had dropped from 6.5 to about 1.4 and that I should continue on 75 mcg. A month later when I went to my RE, she told me that my levels had gone really low and that now I had hyperthyroid! She reduced my dosage to 50 mcg. I tested after 6 wks and it showed some improvement and we reduced to 25 mcg. This time however, my levels went high again! It was yet again 6.5 (TSH).
    Since earlier 50 mcg proved too much and now 25 mcg is less, my RE asked me to take 37.5. However after another 6 wks when I tested, I am still at 6.4! Absolutely no effect of the dosage that I’m taking right now. She has now asked me to continue on the same dosage, except that weekly twice I should double the dosage.

    It’s now 7 months and my levels have not yet stabilized.
    Did anyone have a similar experience and do any of you have any suggestions?

    • ANSWER:
      I am hyperthyroid and it took me SEVERAL months to get my meds right. My mother is hypothyroid and she ended up varying her dosage every other day to find a happy medium. It just takes time. Don’t get frustrated. You’ll feel so much better when everything levels out.

    Why do I get a lump in my throat when my Hashimotos tsh levels go up?
    I have type 1 diabeties, hashimotos, extreme vitiligo (sounds like a classic case of schmidts disease, but it’s hard just to even get my endocrinologisits to increase my thyroid meds let alone test for anything else). My TSH levels last I knew was a uncomfortable high normal of 5 since my dr increased my synthroid ….I had to go through three different drs to get my levels down from over a 10. The world is a wonderfull place when my levels go down and I feel great. Recently Ive been placed on birth control to stop my menstrual cycle because of PSOS and I am feeling my hypo symptoms nagging again. I FEAR the birthcontrol is effecting my synthroid meds , I know my levels are going back up because when they climb I get the horrible hypo symptoms and fullness with….. a lump in my throat that sets off pain I’m guessing at the parathyroids area on either side,(please let me know what this is..one dr said a cyst, but another disagreed, maby inflamation of sorts) ?
    ..I did in fact have an ultra sound performed the endo said in her opinion their is nothing irregular there….

    • ANSWER:
      maybe you have a goiter, you should see an endocrinologist and have an ultrasound of your thyroid. Maybe you should consider switching your meds to Armour Thyroid, I did and feel wonderful.

    Any suggestions on what to feed a cat that has CRF?
    My beautiful Peanut is 20 yrs. old and very sick. His thyroid level was diagnosed at 18 very high, it since has been treated successfully with the Methimazole gel. He recently stopped eating and drinking again, but this time it is not his thyroid it is his kidney’s. The vet said that it is a side effect of his thyroid. He hydrated him a couple of days ago, but he still will not eat or drink. I guess I am trying to avoid the inevitable, by giving him a little food and water with an appetite stimulant in a syringe, orally, hoping he will begin to eat. Any idea’s would be appreciated.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi Patti. This is KLIZZ86–I answered a question for you about a week ago (you asked me a question, but I didn’t see it until today, so I’ve been trying to find you). I assume that this is the same cat that you talked about last time? I’m happy that you have been able to get into contact with your regular vet and are working on making him feel better. *I saw your question in religion–please ignore all those insensitive people that do not know your situation. If your vet is still recommending at home care, trust in that for now.*

      While there are kidney specific diets out there, usually when a cat refuses food, the goal is to get any food into him at all. Generally, foods that are low in protein and phosphorus are best for CRF cats. In certain situations, we have even used Gerber baby food (the sweet potatoes are great) for CRF patients. Heating the food is usually helpful, as most cats won’t eat a food that doesn’t smell. If you can get him to eat, then you may switch him to a food that is more kidney friendly–something you and your vet can discuss. Good luck!

    In-Depth Question About Cancer Rates?
    The survivors of the atomic bombs that were dropped on the Hiroshima and Nagasaki have been the subjects of long-term studies on the effects of ionizing radiation on cancer incidence. The frequencies of different types of cancer in these individuals varied across the decades. In the 1950′s, high levels of leukemia and cancers of the lung and thyroid gland were observed. The 60′s and 70′s brought high levels of breast and salivary cancers. In the 1980s rates of colon cancer were especially high. Why do you suppose the rates of different types of cancer varied across time?

    In-depth answer that is explanatory please!

    And please relate it to the Cell Cycle?

    • ANSWER:
      it probably has to do with the vulnerability of certain organs and tissues to radiation. It also could do with the cell turnover rate from the cellular cycle, meaning it might effect an important process (i.e. mitosis) that would normally take place more rapidly (probably the thyroid) rather then colon.

      just a guess. good luck

    High blood sugar reading, on metmorfin– is this normal?
    My mom started metmorfin the other day. Her sugar is usually around 130-140 ish when she eats normally, and the doc gave her the metmorfin to bring it down a little. When she eats very small amounts, she can get it at 120, so she wasn’t sure if she wanted to take it or not but in the end she decided to do what the doc said and take the metmorfin.
    She also got a prescription for zocor for cholesterol and synthroid for thyroid.
    So she ate normally (double the tiny portions she was restricting herself to before) and her blood sugar level was around 115! Which was great, because it would have been a lot higher if she weren’t on it. So she ate this same double portion (normal for most people) again the next day to see what it would do and it was also 115.
    TODAY she ate a lot. Like 3 servings of chinese take-out lol.. she was hungry and wasn’t as worried as she would have been because the metmorfin has been bringing it down a lot so far. Anyway, she took the reading 2 hours later and it was at 160. (probably from all that food) .. the doctor had told her to take the metmorfin with her biggest meal every day though and I was just wondering could it have an effect on the level if she takes it at a different time? Her biggest meal is dinner and she eats it sometimes at different times. Yesterday she took it at 5/6 pm ish and today it was more like 7:30. Wednesday, she took it at around 3/4. Is this okay that she takes it at different times (with her biggest meal)???

    She ate a lot tonight so that’s gotta be why it was at 160. I think she realized now that she has to eat in moderation even though she’s on the medication. How bad is this that it was this high tonight (will that hurt her?), and do you think it would go back down by morning? (Could taking the metmorfin a little later or earlier each day increase her blood sugar as well or is it just the extra chinese food that did this? )

    Thanks. I know they might be stupid questions but I’m worried bout my momma.

    • ANSWER:
      She ate too much, plain and simple. That low dose of Metformin can’t handle the sugar load that sort of meal is going to put on your body.

      She can take the Metformin at slightly varying times, as long as she takes it before her meal, and she should always drink a full glass of water with it.

      If she starts to have stomach problems, (this is common with Metformin) tell her to try eating a small serving of any sugar free yogurt, WITH the metformin. This works for most people.

      Metformin won’t work if she doesn’t keep her portions under control.

      Any level over 140 can cause damage to her eyes, nerves and so on, so she needs to get with the plan and stick with it.

      Tell her to get the book “Diabetes: the first year” by Gretchen Becker. Its written for type 2 diabetics and its very helpful.

    Effect of opiates on testosterone levels?
    I’m a 20 yr old male and have been using morphine and codeine fairly regularly for the past year and three months (in the form of opium poppy tea, not good I know but I have Asperger syndrome and it’s all I can find to ease my social anxiety). My tolerance and level of use has been increasing lately and I currently get through a kilo of poppies a week. Anyway, basicly, I recently decided to have a blood test to check hormone levels, because although I do need to shave regularly I was sure that I had less facial hair than average for my age (everything else is developmentally normal). My serum testosterone was measured at 11.0 nmol/L where the normal range is 8.0-29, LH was eleveated at 10.7 u/L (n = 1.5 – 6.3) and FSH normal at 2.7 (r = 1.0 – 10.1). So basicly although testosterone is within range it is just at the cut off point for below normal, and is certainly below average and I find the high LH a little concerning (I know hi LH and low Tes. is usally due to testicular failure, although I don’t feel I have this). They’re repeating the LH and FSH in 2 weeks, not tes. bc it was normal, tho I might request this again. Could these findings be related to the opiate consumption, or other chemicals in the tea? I’ve heard of morphine causing both low LH and TES, but not hi LH. I’m planning to get off soon, how long do you think it would take to recover TES levels after ceasing morphine use? Thanks for any help you can offer, D. Dinneen

    (Plus, I also had slightly low serum thyroid stimulating hormone, 0.34 mu/L (r= 0.35 – 5.5) suggesting borderline hyperthyroidism, wld this be related ?)

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      It could definitely play a part in your decreased testosterone. Think about it, these kinds of drugs leave you in a stupor, your not out playing football or shooting hoops while railed in the nature, therefore you aren’t producing testosterone naturally, the way your body is use to (getting fired up during sports or other key interactions)

      I suggest laying off the dope for a little, get outside and enjoy life, this will not only increase your manhood but it will also take away from your tolerance. it will be easier to achieve that warm and cozy spot you try and seek.

      i HOPE this helped friend!

    Anyone on Eltroxin (for hypothyroidism)?
    I’m 19 and I was diagnosed with HypoThy when I was 15.. took 50mg of Eltroxin at the beginning but the dose was too high and got put down to 25mg and continued taking them (with some skipped doses) up until last October when I stopped taking them because they made me feel weird.

    I’ve been put back on Eltroxin (50mg) in the past fortnight after some blood tests for my thyroid levels came back saying they were very under active (oops!) but the side-effects aren’t so nice this time around… they’re nowhere near as terrifying as they were when I’d started taking them when I was 15 but I keep randomly getting dizzy spells and finding it hard to breathe and weird feelings in my heart.. but other times my heart rate drops a lot and I feel faint.

    What’s going on? Too high or too low a dose?

    I’ve to go back to my GP in 2 weeks time for a blood test but the side-effects are scaring the crap out of me lately and I’m starting to fail my college course because I’m too terrified to go in in case I pass-out in the middle of class. Should it be anything to worry about or am I over-reacting to some simple pill side-effects?

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    Upper GI/Chest Pain/Pressure – What’s the cause?
    For the last 18 months I have had the following symptoms near constantly day and night:

    - Severe to moderate pressure-type pain in the middle of my chest from my throat to my upper stomach
    - Pain and sensitivity to pressure (like when I press on it, lean forward, or when I eat) in my upper stomach
    - Nausea

    In September 2008 I tested positive via Hida Scan (34.9%) for low gallbladder function. Later that month, my gallbladder was removed, but my symptoms have remained.

    In February 2009 I underwent an Endoscopic Ultrasound, which revealed that I was born with a Pancreatic Divisem. Doctors ruled out that this was the cause of the symptoms due to the fact that my amylase and lipase levels are normal.

    Since my symptoms started in May of 2008 I have been to the ER almost 10 times and have had multiple blood draws for (among others) amylase/lipase, sprue panel, thyroid levels as well as CBC rate and hepatitis and a H. Pylori stool sample. I have also had the following tests all which turned up negative:

    07-08-08 Gallbladder Ultrasound
    07-23-08 Endoscopy
    07-28-08 EKG Stress Test/Pulmonary SVC
    09-12-08 Barium Swallow
    09-17-08 Hida Scan
    09-26-08 Gallbladder Surgery
    01-09-09 Chest MRI
    01-19-09 EGD with MRCP
    02-02-09 EGD with Ultrasound
    02-06-09 Barium Meal
    02-12-09 Small Bowel Follow-Through
    02-17-09 EGD with Bravo Placement
    06-15-09 Colonoscopy
    03-16-10 EGD with Sprue Biopsy

    On May 19th 2008 my wife and I took a day trip to Tijuana, Mexico while on vacation in San Diego, CA. Before crossing back over to the US, I stopped ate at taco stand close to the boarder eating two chicken tacos and two pork tacos along with two bottled Cokes. There were no immediate negative effects, but 24 hours later I was having signs of food poisoning in the form of severe cramps, dehydration, nausea and diherria. After a visit to the doctor’s office I was given some anti-biotics and felt better generally except for a persistent gnawing at the top of my stomach. Another trip back to the doctor and I was diagnosed with gastritis, tested for H. Pylori and parasites and given a prescription for general Protonix and anti-parasitic medicine. After a few weeks I began to feel better generally and went for a run. This proved to be a mistake because after the run the gnawing sensation returned. I went to the doctor again and this time was checked for gallstones through an ultrasound which came up negative. I was told to continue taking the Protonix and limit my diet to things containing low fat and low acid. That same day I began having severe chest pain, but being only 28 and in good condition assumed that it was nothing serious and after calling the doctor was told that it was most likely acid reflux or esophageal spasms. After a few more weeks of pain and no results from the Protonix I decided to switch to another general practitioner and was able to get in to see a GI specialist. After a barrage of tests ordered by both physicians in late September I had gallbladder surgery. When my symptoms didn’t clear up after a few months I was subjected to more testing and tried various drugs to combat smooth and then skeletal muscle tension including nitro glycerin. My GI doctor has ruled out the need for an ERCP, claiming that because my amylase and lipase levels are steady and the risks for the test are too high. The doctor also claimed that I most likely had ‘Heightened Viscera Noceception’ (which from what I can tell, means absolutely nothing) and that I should get onto an SSRI to correct the problem. This idea was fast-tracked following an emotional breakdown after the death of my brother. I was put on Paxil and Ativan for anxiety and told by my newly prescribed psychiatrist that my pain could be a constant series of anxiety attacks. I was on these medications for eight months and even at maximum dosage both saw no significant improvement. In January 2010 I received the results of a blood draw from a third-party 200 Food Panel testing for IgG. The test indicated that I had an alarmingly high intolerance for wheat, gluten and yeast. To confirm the results I saw a local allergist who performed 50 panel skin prick test. This test came up negative along with subsequent blood-work and a biopsy taken from another EGD. I am currently looking into the viability of IgG food allergy testing and have been on a gluten-free diet for 2-weeks,(with no results) with plans to remain on the diet for a least 8 weeks.

    What is wrong with me?

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