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thyroid medication and short story

From: ally512 - 1 year 21 weeks ago

I am 39 I have been dealing with thyroid for 20 years,I got is from being pregnant with my son and when I was giving birth I ended up with graves so they say my eyes were so bad I couldent see my son after I had him for a day Noone knew why till I found a lump on my neck and I list almost 100 pounds of baby weight in 3 months,see I went from 115 to delivering at weight 200,any way I did the radiation iodine and my thyroid went to underachiever it's been flipped couple times but it has really depressed me haveing it ,so I was on levothroxine for 19 years wasent keeping it stable so on Synthroid wich has been working other than little swelling but ,my Dr said that alot of women who's thyroid act up can have problems like my boobs are leaking still,after I had my second son he's 9 my frist son is 20, and on top of that I lost my left over and tube but I still got pregnant and I lost that while 4 month with my 2 son ,my question is what is the medication everyone is talking about I have never heard of it

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Ally512 I was on Synthroid/Levothyroxin for decades. Eventually neither were working. My hair was falling out- a lot!, my skin felt like alligator, I was so exhausted I could barely get through my work day, and I gained about 40 pounds over about two years. The medicine in question is Armour Thyroid, a natural dessicated animal thyroid. The original Armour product has been around since about 1910. Originally it was all that was available to treat under active thyroid. Recently it has been replaced with something called NP Thyroid which appears to be from bovine thyroid in New Zealand. My world changed when I started Armour. All the symptoms stopped, I lost weight and felt great! I have been on it since 2009 with no return of symptoms. It is a little more expensive, although why is a total mystery-it's almost 120 years old!! But it works for most who are willing to try it. The reason you don't hear about it is it's not glamorous and it does not make money for the pharma companies. Many would love to see it phased out in favor of newer chemicals. Doctors are trained now to consider the lab values in this situation. Historically doctors looked first at the patient's symptoms and own observations. These days this information is considered "anecdotal" or incidental information, and is frequently downplayed or disregarded altogether. Lab values are golden! but they don't always tell the whole story. Also there is a situation known as 'subclinical' where the labs look normal to low normal, but the patient is still symptomatic. You may even have had a doctor tell you when you complained about your symptoms that...'your labs are normal, there is nothing wrong'. Doctors seem to forget that their labs values are built on averages and norms. That does not mean they are accurate for all souls. We are individuals, not clones. I would say do your research. Do not accept any opinion without doing your own research when your body is telling you something else. I had to learn this the hard way. I could not get answers that made sense to me so I went looking for my own. There is a wealth of information and support online. Always be aware of who is sponsoring the information and what do they possibly have to gain? Be your own best advocate. I wasn't originally, and I have been a nurse for 25 years. Best of luck!
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