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I had my thyroid levels checked because my menstrual cycles have become irregular. My thyroid levels are a little high and my gyn. wants to refer me to an endocrinologist. She said it might not be significant but she wants me to have it checked out in light of my irregular periods and my recent weight loss. Does any here have hyper-thyroidism or know much about it? What can I expect from the endocrinologist's visit? Are there things I can do with diet to improve the condition? I have worked really hard to lose weight and I'd hate to think I'd gain it back if they put me on medication.

My gyn. read off a list of symptoms of hyper-thyroidism (anxiety, jitters, heart racing, fatigue, diarrhea, nervous energy) and I don't have any of them. Any words of wisdom are welcome!

Thanks in advance.

Christa
 

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I know all about thyroid problems. I believe I have one because I have basically all the symptoms, but I don't like the doctors so last week I took a at home test that has been aproved by the FDA and it is through BIOtech and it is supposed to be very good and highly recommended. I havn't gotten the results back yet but once I do I will decide then what I am going to do. Anyway, like I said I know quite a bit about it because i have done a lot of reseach on it. There are two conditions hyperthyroidism and hypothyroidism, hyper produces too much and hypo not enough. If you ahve been loosing weight its hyper like you said. Hyper also causes very light and even missed periods, while hypo usually causes heavy periods. I don't think that the condition can be improved with diet, but I am not 100% certain. Thyroid problems is your thyroid producing too much thyroid hormone and there are things that you can do to reduce symptoms, though they arnt a cure. THese include reducing stress, avoid caffine and other stimulants, and stop smoking (if you do). As for treatments there are a few. For hypo the only thing is taking thyroid hormone meds. For hyper, which is your case there are three options. The first is taking anit-thyroid meds. THe second is taking radioactive iodine (pill form I belive) and the only time you can't take it is if you are pregnant or breast feeding I belive. It is the most common form now, however it usually leads to hypothyroidism. The third is surgery, although it is not very common. In the surgery they remove part of your thyroid gland, but this too sometimes causes hypothyroidism because too much of the gland can be removed. Here are two links, the first to hyper the second to hypo. They are very informative sites. I hope I have helped.

http://content.health.msn.com/conten...wise/145/35997

http://content.health.msn.com/conten...wise/143/35486
 

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Candycane, thank you for the link. The information was great. The thing is, I don't have the other symptoms listed at all. I did lose lots of weight but I really worked hard at it through diet change and exercise. Do you think you have hyper or hypo?

I welcome any more ifo anyone may have and especially any personal experience.
 

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i think that I have apathetic hyperthyroidism, which can cause depression feelings and isn't necesarily associated to weight loss, but sometimes gain, and I have definetly not lost any weight. I have the rest of the symptoms though, and my period has actually stopped, which is kinda scarey. I will almost definetly be going to the doc, i just want to get the tests back first, and if it says that my thyroid levels are high then I will be going to the doc next week. If I go I will tell you what it was like. And since you got tested and your levels are high it probably isn't a bad idea to go see a doc, but it doesn't seem like that is the problem since there are no other problems and your weight loss was purposeful. Maybe there is another reason for your irregular periods.
 

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I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism (low) last autumn. I'd spent a year becoming really ill, I was almost a nutcase by the time the meds started to work. Also I'm 35lbs heavier than I was a year ago. Before I was tested I did a lot of research, and all of my numerous symptoms (including weight gain and depression) could have been caused by aspartame in diet drinks, so I gave up drinking them.

LadyFaille is low thyroid too and gave me loads of info on it when I first found out I was.

My aunt was high thyroid, and eventually had an operation to remove her thyroid, so she's on pills.

We're both fine and well- it's an easy to cure thing once you get settled.

My periods are/were always prone to irregular phases. One year they'd be every 21 days, then nothing for 45 days, then maybe every 36 days one month, 20 days the next month, then 26 the third month. I totally gave up trying to plan anything around them.
 

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funnily enough, i have both hper and hypo - i'm a weirdo huh?

i went to a specialist that my doc referred me to and he was very nice and explained to me how they both cancel each other out for the time being so it's not a problem but i do have to have regular blood tests to check my levels.

i had them checked 2 months after diagnosis then 4 months later then 6 months and now they are fine. iodine has played a major part in bringing them back to normal.

it's been over 17 months since my doc told me that i had "auto immune disease" and i am fine.

i might be wrong but diet does play a small part I THINK.

i have read some articles about soy food and thyroid function too. something worth looking into.

i can't give much info on it sorry. i'm not too worried about it and i have no symptons.

i will never go on the hormone medication nor would i have radiation therapy either.

there are alternative treatments out there. i would give you links but i am too tired to search right now (sleep time here).

good info candycane!

good luck
 

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yep i'm hypo and on meds but as the dosage is still relatively low i'm hoping to one day soon get off them and control my levels with diet and homeopathy or something

actually my health food store gave me this chart of RDA's of vitamins and minerals for women and it explains what each nutrient does in the body, some of them said thyroid function. hang on i'll go get it *runs off*
 

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thyroid activity: beta carotene (provitamin A), manganese

thyroid function: D3 (not vegan)

and iodine is listed as 'critical for thyroid hormone'

(don't ask what the difference is between thyroid activity and thyroid function, i don't know why they say it that way)

manganese is found in whole grains, nuts and green leafy veggies, beta carotene in dark green, red and deep yellow-orange veggies (bell peppers and carrots are high in it)

though comparing other things on this chart, i'd say evening primrose oil might have some effect, i want to look into it, because it says it balances hormones, aids digestion, skin hair and nails and other stuff, which are all things affected by a thyroid condition.

um also i was reading something the other day in this free magazine called New Directions. it says:

"certain vegetables inhibit the manufacturing of thyroid hormones such as kale, cabbage, cauliflower, peaches, pears, spinach and turnips. Such foods may help to slow a hyperactive thyroid and worsen an already underactive thyroid. Fluoride in water and toothpaste has been linked to thyroid disorders...

Supplements that are helpful in treating thyroid disorders are sea vegetables that contain iodine, the amino acid tyrosine, thyroid glandular extracts, vitamin A, E and Zinc. All of which help to give the thyroid nourishment to enable the utilization of hormones."

some homeopathic medicines listed in the article:

Iodum - for hyperthyroidism

Thyroidinum - helpful with thyroid disorders associated with obesity

Natrum Mur - "is useful for people who are emaciated despite having a good appetite. They feel cold and look pale. They tend to be irritable, depressed, and seek solitude. They typically crave salt and dislike bread." (hey sounds like me, except the bread thing i love bread)

Cacarea Carb - for heavy set people who tire easily from slight exertion

it says to use these in a 12CH to 30CH potency. but you should ask a homeopath or doctor before taking anything, especially if you're already on medication for it. i think some of it is meant to be taken as complimentary to traditional medicine, not to replace it.

the article lists this url also which might be worth checking out:

www.geocities.com/thehomeopath

personally i'm very interested in finding a way to treat this thing naturally, so if anyone finds any other info about it please share
hope some of this was helpful
 

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sorry to triple post but i had to add: Christa if your gyno said your levels are "a little high" that could explain why you don't fit the symptoms, or maybe your metabolism is doing a good job of making up for the extra thyroxin, BUT you definately should take her advice and see the endo., it's really something that can be dangerous if left untreated, but is very easy to treat if you catch it. i went for years not knowing i had a condition, i slept like 12 hours a day, was always tired, always cold, never had any energy, and yeah depressed. i think the depression comes with the lack of energy and other things.

but when my family doc finally caught it and sent me to see an endo. it turned out i have a frickin goitre and never noticed. goitre is when your thyroid is enlarged from struggling too hard to do it's job, and you have this nasty lump in the middle of your throat, looks like an adams apple. i've heard they can get quite large if left untreated. not pretty. anyway it makes for difficulty swallowing sometimes and i could never wear high collared shirts or choker necklaces, i always felt like i was being strangled.

so yeah get checked out, you want to take control of it before you wake up one day and realize you really are sick. i figure if i could have found out about mine years earlier and done something about it sooner, my whole adolescence would have been a lot more enjoyable. my doc said they don't normally test or treat people under 18 because it's normally not something that appears until adulthood, that's a load of garbage as i've known of many cases that were discovered by age 16 or younger. mine for one
 

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candycane, with_open_eyes, spud, and lady faile: Thank you all for your responses. They are helpful and reassuring. I've been pretty upset about this because I have always been such a healthy person and this has me kind of scared. I'll look into those links some more. It makes me feel better to know that this is something that can be managed pretty easily.

I welcome any more advice! Thanks again.

Christa
 

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no prob. let us know what the endocrinologist says. he/she will likely suggest medication right away, but try asking their opinion on treating it through diet or homeopathy, i'd be interested to hear what they have to say about it
 

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i've been hyper thyroid (like candycane, i ws a strange case who put on weight instead...) and since going vegan have had no worries... this may not be thje case for everyone and it had nothing to do with my choices to be veggie n vegan, it was just a happy accidental benefit...

i can't really add any advice that you haven't received, so i'll just add my little *hug* and wish you all the best...

the best thing about VB is being able to find others with similar problems like you have, as sometimes in these situaltions it feels like you are the only one and it's easy to fall into the WHY ME?! doldrums...

you are totally on the right track with heaps of resources...

the only advice i can give is that western medicine's tablets to fix the problem may not be the best. i found diet and lifestyle awareness to be the key... BUT it is different for eberyone and if you feel that you need to go that way to get back on track then don't feel guilty or weak for it... there will be lots of stages to go through of new awareness of what is going on in your body, so you may need to experiment a bit to find what is right for you...

i found homeopathy helpful too!

my regular doctor's prescription med. did fix the rpobelm initially in the short term, but them it boiunced back once i ws off it... that is why the longer term view of alternative therapies worked better for me...

good luck! all will be well!
 

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PLEAE READ THIS:

My sister's thyroid was overly hyper and she ended up being diagnosed with Grave's disease.She had the iodine radiation treatment done.I wish to God she hadn't.We weren't fully aware of all of the risks and side effects involded.Though we did know there was a higher risk of cancer.My sister died a few months after receiving her treament in her sleep from acute congestive heart failure.I did a deep research on the subject on the internet and found that yes several people have died from the same thing after getting treatment.Please,please,don't make the same mistake.
 

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Can men get hypo/hyper thyrodism (I'm pretty sure they can right)? Is iodinized salt the only way to get iodine? I currently take no multivitamin and I do not use iodized salt (and havn't been for a LONG time). Is that dangerous?
 

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Ok first of all not all Thyroid patients are the same: so menstral cycles can be heavy/light for either 'type'. Every woman in my family has a Thyroid problem except me (so far): Mum-hyper, Nanna - Hypo, Sister - Hypo, Aunty - Hypo.

As for radioactive iodine I'm not sure if the still use it or if they do only in dire circumstances. Both my mum, nan and Aunt were treated with it and ended up with complications in pregnancies and miscarriages. Its also been hinted that it may be to blame for the high rate of ADD and Depression in my family (my mum's and my generation). Plus it blackens your teeth terribly - if you keep them at all. All of my family (the women) take medication daily and I have to be checked every six - twelve months.

Another thing with hyper-thyroidism is goiters - or has my mum calls it her chook-neck. Its like a band of fatty tissue around your neck. Hyper's usually end up with a googly eyed Mr Bean look - their eyes tend to bulge.

Don't panic until you know for sure. You could be anaemic or just lacking in iron. Because of my family history its always the first thing they check whenever something is wrong - when I used to faint/collapse, when I lost weight, when I get headaches...

BTW Grave's Disease and hyper thyroid are the same thing. I feel for your loss glimmermarielea. I've seen the damage it's done to my family


I just realised how negative this all sounds. Its not that bad really my mum, nan, sis and aunt all have their thyroid problems under control with safe medication. It may need a little tweak now and then (up or down) but they are ok and if that's what's wrong you will be fine.
 

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Can men get hypo/hyper thyrodism (I'm pretty sure they can right)? Is iodinized salt the only way to get iodine? I currently take no multivitamin and I do not use iodized salt (and havn't been for a LONG time). Is that dangerous?
Both my father and brother have hypo-thyroid disorder, so, yes, men can have it. In my family's case, it seems to be genetic. As for Iodine, it seems to me that many people get sufficient iodine from their drinking water (the iodine is in the soil and naturally leaches into the water). The soil in the Great Lakes region of the US, as well as the Midwestern states and the Plains states is deficient in iodine, which is why the iodized salt program was initiated in the US to begin with.

You can also get iodine from eating kelp, and Sea Salt naturally contains iodine (although not nearly as much as Iodized salt) without the aluminum and other undesirable ingredients that come in standard iodized table salt. Other foods may also contain significant iodine, depending on where they were grown.
 

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I just wanted to add that I had a full thyroid work up done and everything came back fine. The endo said their is nothing at all wrong with my thyroid. Thank you all, again, for the support and information!
 

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that's good news, glad to hear it


i ran out of my pills like a month ago and feel like dirt. i finally got a doctor's appointment this wednesday morning. i'm going to ask about possible natural methods, i will post when i get back and let you all know what i find out.
 

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I haven't found any natural methods yet and I must've read a thousand internet pages. I could have posted you some of my pills, I'm on 50mcg now. My doctor is really stingy but if I said I'd dropped them down the toilet or something he'd have just had to give me some more...
 
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