I knew I would find a hypo post in here somewhere. I have been hypo for at least 8 years now though I suspect I may have been that way a lot longer. I have a great doctor and we are slowly tweaking my meds but still I have problems. I just had her check my hormone levels and my adrenals because I just have a feeling there is something more going on with me.
I am trying to lose at least 75 pounds and I know that being hypo is going to make it that much harder. I want to mention some things about taking meds and eating that some of you may not know.
-Avoid soy. It can make things worse.
-Take meds first thing in the morning and don't eat for at least 30 minutes. Longer if you can.
-Avoid goitrogenic foods.The following foods are considered goitrogenic: cabbage, broccoli, turnips, rutabaga, mustard greens, kale, spinach, Brussels sprouts, peaches, pears, strawberries, and radishes cauliflower, millet, and African cassava. You can eat most if they are cooked. Raw broccoli knocks me out the next day.
-When you have lab work done (and you should be doing it regularly) make sure you have TSH and your free T3 and free T4 levels done.
-Keep records of your labs.
-Make sure your doctor follows the new lab range for TSH:
....Until recently, the standard was that the normal range for TSH at most laboratories has fallen in the 0.5 to 5.0 range, with hyperthyroidism being below .5, and hypothyroidism above 5.0.
The new guidelines, however, the range for acceptable thyroid function, and thyroid treatment should be considered for patients who test between the target TSH levels of 0.3 to 3.0, a far narrower range.
-Most people feel better with their TSH around 1 or 2.
-If your doctor treats only by numbers and does not take into consideration your symptoms...RUN and get someone who will listen to you.
-keep a symptom diary if you are having issues (this is great if you have brain fog like me).
This is a great forum I belong to. You can get some wonderful information from others who have thyroid issues too.
I hope I did not come off too preachy but I have really struggled for a long time and I hate to know that anyone else is suffering with thyroid issues too. It really disrupted my life for a long time.