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kathrynk

Member Since 20 Nov 2011
Offline Last Active Feb 08 2012 10:55 AM
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In Topic: Hashimotos- "normal" Levels But Major Symptoms?

08 February 2012 - 10:24 AM

I don't know that you can. :( Mine is testing 8am serum cortisol, which is a near-useless measurement, just to rule out that something isn't horribly wrong with my adrenals. I will be genuinely surprised if my cortisol is anything other than low-normal because I don't have enough adrenal symptoms, only the dizziness.

I just got the Stop the Thyroid Madness book and it has a section on adrenals that you might find helpful. You know about http://www.stopthethyroidmadness.com/ right?

My endo would really like me to see someone who knows autoimmunity, but he says all the rheumatologists at the clinic where he works are only interested in people with joint pain. (Not sure why he's clueless about autoimmunity since Addison's, Hashimoto's, Graves', and Type 1 diabetes are all endocrine diseases.) We talked about the possibility of a neurologist but neither of us think a neurologist would see a deficit in cognitive function without any sort of baseline because I generally test high on that sort of thing.


I found an endocrinologist with really good reviews, who prescribes armour thyroid based on symptoms and labs (not just labs). I am in the process of obtaining all my medical records to bring to that appt. on Monday. I am hoping that helps! Thanks for the link to stop the madness-It has been very helpful!!!

In Topic: Hashimotos- "normal" Levels But Major Symptoms?

07 February 2012 - 10:28 AM

You just described me to a T. Problem is, My Dr. had my TSH totally suppressed with T3/T4 and it didn't help. An endo just put me on Armour but I'm not very hopeful.

I think my issue might be subclinical adrenal autoimmunity and slightly low cortisol. I keep reading lists of so-called adrenal fatigue symptoms and they fit me. It turns out that adrenal autoimmunity is more likely with Hashimoto's but subclinical adrenal problems are sort of "off the radar" for mainstream doctors. They are aware of Addison's, but you only get Addison's disease when your adrenals are 90% destroyed. What happens before that??? Do we get dizzy and generally feel like crap???



I have never heard of Addison's, will look it up. I am hoping my endo will put me on armour as well. What are some ways to go about discussing this with my endo (without sounding like I have no idea what I am talking about)?

In Topic: Hashimotos- "normal" Levels But Major Symptoms?

07 February 2012 - 10:25 AM

Does anybody here have hashimotos with "normal" levels(other than positive antibodies) and still have major symptoms. I was diagnosed with hashimotos and went gluten free last may. I thought it had to be celiac disease because my thyroid levels were "normal" and I was having crazy symptoms. I have been gluten free for 8 months and have definately gotten better but Im still not close to 100%. Its mostly mental issues(brain fog/etc.) that doesnt seem to go away. My question is could this be because I need thyroid medication? I have heard that with hashimotos you want your levels to be in the top 75% and my FT3/4 were a bit low. Also my TSH was like 2.2 last I checked and I heard you want it to be around 1. Could this be causing these symptoms? I dont feel normal at all and it seems crazy that low normal levels could be causing this!! Anybody have any insight or suggestions?



I was just going to post about the exact same issues. I am fatigued and big time brain fog. I can't even remember what I am trying to say mid-sentence. I am completely off gluten and my stomach pains did go away (neg blood test for celiacs). I am seeing my endo this Friday, and was looking for advice on what to say. My TSH levels are about the same as yours (2.3). I do not feel normal either. My thyroid is enlarged with a goiter. I am gaining weight despite exercising 5 times a week (running and weights). I am hoping my endo goes by how I feel and not just bloodwork.

In Topic: Marshmellows

12 December 2011 - 02:10 PM

They are gluten-free. Kraft will clearly label any gluten inclding barley or rye.



THANK YOU!

In Topic: Need Some Encouragement!

05 December 2011 - 06:33 PM

Hi Kathryn,
From reading this forum and other articles it seems lots of folks have negative blood tests but can still be positive. The testing sounds kinda nutz and not so reliable, I think many have realized that they feel better off gluten and so they should stick to that. I am off dairy as well, I eliminated that along with the gluten. I am on the UNDA drops as well! 2, 20, 243. I started them 3 weeks ago, and am just starting to notice these detox symptoms. Today was one of the worst days I think I've ever had! The fatigue and muscle and bone pain are pretty horrific. I guess it's nice to know something is working if this is detox. I've been doing green smoothies every morning, they consist of leafy greens (spinach, kale or chard) and fruit and water: http://greenforlife.com/ I think I may be over doing it. I am going to take a break from the smoothies for now, until these symptoms reside a bit. Thanks for your reply, so glad you're feeling better and good luck with the rest. t.


I am on UNDA numbers 1, 20, and 243... You mentioned thyroid antibodies...did you get a dx of hashimotos? The reason I'm asking is because cruciferous (SP?) veggies are not good for thyroid function (kale, broccoli, cauliflower) Also...I have read that the risk of getting a false negative is much higher for people with hashimotos...I will see if I can dig up where I read that. Probably on here...these people have been an amazing resource and wealth of knowledge!