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Old 08-31-2010, 11:46 AM   #211
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It's been about 5 days on the synthetic T4 and I'm doing well so far. I started taking the Wellbutrin about three days before the switch over to synthetic T4 at a higher dose, so who knows which is helping? I don't care. All I know is that I've started doing my work again and I can think and focus for hours at a time. (Not a moment too soon because the attorney I work part-time for called me in to the office today to take part in a doctor/attorney meeting. It was regarding a case that goes to trial in one month. I am SO glad that I could think and participate! I would have been forced to claim illness if he'd called me a week ago. I just couldn't think or function at the level required.)

I'm trying to keep my carbs up around 30 grams with fruits and vegetables, but I still have trouble making it. Funny, huh? You'd think it would be the other way around.

My weight went down from 186 lbs. to 183 lbs. I'd love to see it get under 183 because that's my 'set weight' that my body fights to maintain. I stayed at 183 for about a year before spiking up to 192 lbs. in June, which prompted the whole low carb thing and switching doctors for my thyroid. I'd love to see some movement below that particular number.

The Klonopin at bedtime really does help me relax and sleep all the way through. I don't hear my husband snoring and I don't awaken at 3 a.m. and worry about all the work I have to do that I'm not doing. I awake rested without any hangover. I'm liking it.

We are going to join the YMCA just around the corner from our house. It was my idea! This was not even an option in my mind before I started feeling better. But I woke up the first morning after sleeping on the Klonopin and it was my first thought, "We can join the YMCA!" I then brought the kids over there for a tour and got everyone on board.

So, I'm on: Synthetic T4, Wellbutrin, and low dose Klonopin at bedtime. So far it's working well with my energy and ability to get out of my pajamas and do work with complex thoughts. (My typing is still off --- I still make way more typing errors than I used to. I wish that would improve as I keep having to double-check my work for weird misspellings.)

I'll keep you updated! (But right now I've got a TON of work to do on that case that's going to trial next month! I've gotta' catch up on all the work I've been unable to do!)
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Old 08-31-2010, 04:13 PM   #212
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"(My typing is still off --- I still make way more typing errors than I used to. I wish that would improve as I keep having to double-check my work for weird misspellings.)"

Don't forget the old Don't Cross Your Ankles thing regarding typing.
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Old 08-31-2010, 04:32 PM   #213
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"(My typing is still off --- I still make way more typing errors than I used to. I wish that would improve as I keep having to double-check my work for weird misspellings.)"

Don't forget the old Don't Cross Your Ankles thing regarding typing.
LOL! Is that what I'm doing wrong???

I'm a very fast typist (I'm a paralegal and it's a LOT of typing) and I usually type 90+ wpm, not trying to brag -- I'm just really good at it and I didn't have all these spelling errors before. But, these past few months my fingers have been typing words in weird ways, phonetically, the spelling comes out weird. Typing that fast you really don't have time to think about the spelling, it just happens. So it bothers me that my brain doesn't keep up anymore or that it's functioning differently. It's upsetting. It worries me.

The other thing is that I can look at a word and know that it's typed wrong but I don't know the correct way to spell it. This is a change in the way that I function. It worries me.
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LOL! Is that what I'm doing wrong???

I'm a very fast typist (I'm a paralegal and it's a LOT of typing) and I usually type 90+ wpm, not trying to brag -- I'm just really good at it and I didn't have all these spelling errors before. But, these past few months my fingers have been typing words in weird ways, phonetically, the spelling comes out weird. Typing that fast you really don't have time to think about the spelling, it just happens. So it bothers me that my brain doesn't keep up anymore or that it's functioning differently. It's upsetting. It worries me.

The other thing is that I can look at a word and know that it's typed wrong but I don't know the correct way to spell it. This is a change in the way that I function. It worries me.
Beezer I totally understand what you are saying, in the worst months before being diagnosed with gluten intolerance I couldn't add to save my life. This was problematic as I work in an industry that depends on numbers as you depend on spelling. Since going gluten free that's more or less cleared up unless....either I get glutened or go hypo!
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Old 09-07-2010, 12:53 PM   #215
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Help!

I've been taking the Levoxyl for 10 days now and yesterday the front of my neck (lower part, where it meets my collar bone) started hurting. My jaw and ear also hurt on one side.

If I take a deep breath it hurts on the inside, right underneath that little indention at the base of my neck in the front.

Could this be caused by the switch to T4 only? Or am I just getting sick? (I've never started out a cold this way.)

I also thought about tooth ache, but it doesn't hurt even when I bite down hard on that side.

What's up? (I've left a messg. at the endo's office.)

It hurts bad enough that I need to take some Advil for it.
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I've been pretty sick for two days now. That's how it started, then it went to a very sore throat, and flu like symptoms. Had to get an injection of bicillin and mosre steroids. Both ears infected, throat, and bronchitis. Yuck.

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Old 09-07-2010, 05:45 PM   #217
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I've been pretty sick for two days now. That's how it started, then it went to a very sore throat, and flu like symptoms. Had to get an injection of bicillin and mosre steroids. Both ears infected, throat, and bronchitis. Yuck.

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Oh, no! I'm sorry to hear that. I hope you feel better soon!

I also hope I get a pass on it. I've flossed my teeth really well, taken Vitamin D and C, and I'm hoping it will just blow over.
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zinc helps alot at the start of not feeling well. while it wont take it away.. it seems to shorten the severity and duration for me and my family.
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I can hardly feel it today. I think it was the Iodoral (Iodine/Iodide) supplement I started taking last week. I stopped it when my neck started hurting on Saturday and now it seems to be getting better.

The dr's office called today, confirmed that iodine can trigger that. (I should have told them that my eMaginary friend nonstickpam had already told me NOT toake iodine!)

As usual, Pam's right.
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Well, sometimes I wish I were NOT right...that's not good about the neck hurting, etc....but I'm glad you're feeling better.

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zinc helps alot at the start of not feeling well. while it wont take it away.. it seems to shorten the severity and duration for me and my family.
I'm really, really hoping it isn't a cold. I just don't have time for it!
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Well, sometimes I wish I were NOT right...that's not good about the neck hurting, etc....but I'm glad you're feeling better.

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Thanks.

Are you getting any better?
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Yeah...I have a 'secret weapon', heh heh...Robitussin CF. (My doc hates it when I use this, hee hee but I don't like sitting up in order to sleep while coughing all night..this stuff works good.).

Fever is gone...I made a stir fry from portabello's, sirloin pork in strips, onions, celery, brocolli, garlic, green, red and yellow peppers. Hitting the antioxidants hard! LOL

Thanks for asking.

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You know I have been taking medicine for a low thyroid.. probably about 6 months..and I still feel tired all the time...oh well...
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labs with ranges?
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^
l what Ileen said.

also what medication are you on for thyroid? a doctor scripted one: synthroid, cytomel, Armour?
or is it an over the counter? Iodine, bovine thyroid supplements?


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You know I have been taking medicine for a low thyroid.. probably about 6 months..and I still feel tired all the time...oh well...
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I am on Levothyroxine 100 milligrams.. last time I was at the Doctor's office, he said that the labs were all fine...I will be seeing him in January.. he said that it could be hormones or since I am obese, I could be experiencing sleep apnea...I am so afraid of doctors.. I don't want to go and have hormone levels checked...
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Crazyone, when you post your ranges, etc. would you please start a new thread that is 100% yours! That will be most helpful to some of us. thanks!
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oh I am sorry..I am new here.. I was just commenting.. forgive me..
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Crazyone....no need to apologize, but this thread is 8 pages long and is all over the place. I would love for a "newbie" to have their own thread and then we can see everything that relates to you and not be wading through other topics. HOpe you do post your own "new topic" and we can go from there. Please don't think I was upset...far from it! :-)
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oh I am sorry..I am new here.. I was just commenting.. forgive me..
If you want help, or the name of a recommended doctor in your area, please say so. Most who are taking ONLY T4 (you are) but also need T3 don't feel well at all.

Your doctor needs to be doing Free T4, and Free T3 tests (names of tests) and not just TSH and T4 (which he/she prolly is doing).

So, most of us need to also have T3 hormone (Cytomel if it's synthetic) as well as T4 incoming.

There are some pretty decent doctors where you are (and we have a couple of patients who are seeing them)...

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Thanks Pam, I appreciate it... I didn't mean to sabatoge this thread...I have cut and pasted what you posted and will bringing it to the doctor in January...I am new to the Thyroid thing.. and your post is GOD Sent.. I thank you very much....
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You aren't sabotaging anything Another great site is Thyroid Mistreatment, Hypothyroidism Scandals, and Thyroid Treatment Problems | Stop The Thyroid Madness and Thyroid Disease Information - Hypothyroidism - Hyperthyroidism - Thyroid Cancer - Autoimmune Disease - Hashimoto's - Graves' - Goiter - Nodules for more info. You'll be 'good to go' by the time you find a 'savvy' doctor. Unfortunately, just 'my family doc' is rarely interested in thyroid care except a TSH, T4, Synthroid and a pat on the head. If you run into that, don't hesitate to ask for a patient recommendation.

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Pam.. Thanks you have been a doll...my thyroid doctor is a professor at UCLA.. but that doesn't mean anything.. doctors now a days, heaven forbid they spend more than 2 minutes with you...I cut and pasted your last post to a word document and I am going to take it into him in January, so he can go over it more detailed with me...being new to all this I still have alot to learn, and sometimes its nice to have a push in the right directions.. thank you very much for those articles.. I am going to go and read them now...I thank you very much again...
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He'll just say 'I'm the doctor'. Look, I don't know quite how to put it, but you need a doc who already 'gets it', not one that just does TSH, T4 and 'anything in range' is good enough for his patients!

Let me know when you need Dr. Right.

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Thank you Pam.. !!You really are heaven sent...trust me at 306.. I will be here a very long time.. I just really appreciate your help.. I really am overwhelmed by your kindness...
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CRAZYONE... please look up Holtorf Medical. They are the best they will help you.
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Kisha..Thank you.. I definitely be doing that..
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Thanks for coming in Kisha. Any help on the California Yahoo thyroid support boards if she can't afford Holtorf?

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