Thyroid Testing and information

Discussion in 'Health & Beauty' started by Inatic, Mar 19, 2009.

  1. pavermama

    pavermama Rut Row!

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    Be thankful your mom might listen to you!! My mom was just diagnosed with thyroid issues and they immediately put her on syntrhoid. I got on her about it to check with someone else but like with everything else, she doesn't want to stir up any trouble and will do whatever her docs tell her!!! I hate it!! She's had cancer 4 times and you'd think she'd be willing to try something else or at least do some reading and researching some things! I get frustrated with her sometimes because she always goes with the flow and doesn't want to ruffle any feathers!! I'm like....THIS IS YOUR LIFE MOM!!!! TAKE CONTROL OF IT WOULD YA!!!!! (she doesn't listen) :scratch: (just venting here by the way!)) LOL!!
     
  2. wildkat28

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    Hi Ileen!

    I have Lyme Disease (being treated) and 7 months ago had a thyroidectomy for thyroid cancer. After a lot of frustration post-surgery (weight going up and down), I am on a new protocol of all-T3 that's working a lot better for me. Still, it seems like it shouldn't be this hard to lose fat! I just started seeing a naturopath (was seeing an alternative medicine MD before that but have found the naturopath to be much more thorough) and she has run the salivary adrenal stress index test, a GI test, a female hormone salivary test, vit D levels, and CBC. The adrenal stress test shows that my morning cortisol is low, but other values are normal throughout the day. I am tweaking my T3 levels to get my temperature as close to 98.6 as I can (which is novel for me--my temps have always been in the dumps! I had Hashimoto's for 11 years before my cancer). The other tests results are pending, and I hope they reveal something about whether I have any GI bacteria, parasites, candida, vit D deficiencies, female hormone issues, etc. that could interfere with fat loss.

    Based on the info I have and on what I will be getting back, what treatments for adrenal fatigue, female hormone issues, candida, etc. have you seen work for yourself or friends/fellow competitors/anyone fitness-oriented? If there's any info you could pass along regarding additional tests I might want to ask for and how to TREAT or get correct treatment based on my results, I'd be SO grateful. I'm located in Maryland (near DC) in case you know of any great specialists in the area!

    Thanks!

    Allison
     
  3. Inatic

    Inatic Ya Gotta Wanna! Moderator

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    Hi Allison!

    As you know, ea one of us is an individual and what works for one, doesnt work for all. Throw lime disease into the mix (no experience there) and it can get quite complicated.

    for me, I've done ok with natuaral thyroid replacement and keep in an eye on adrenals and sex hormones. As I get older, it becomes more complicated managing them but my thyroid at least has been stable.

    Your area isnt the best are for thyroid care, i'll see if anyone comes up that I can suggest.
     
  4. wildkat28

    wildkat28 New Member

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    Thank you!!
     
  5. ngildea

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    need to find a dr!

    Does anyone have a great Endo they know of in Northern California? Sacramento, San Francisco, etc?? I live in Redding, CA but am willing to drive 4-5 hr radius to find a good doctor.

    THANK YOU anyone for suggestions/help!
     
  6. Inatic

    Inatic Ya Gotta Wanna! Moderator

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    Endos traditional STINK for thyroid care...

    one of the best drs for treatment in cali is the Holtorf Clinic.. they have a few locations but warning, they dont accept insurance but will help you file. THey are EXCELLENT though.

    http://www.holtorfmed.com/locations.html
     
  7. Inatic

    Inatic Ya Gotta Wanna! Moderator

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    have another scout out for a dr but not sure its your area.. will get back to ya.
     
  8. Inatic

    Inatic Ya Gotta Wanna! Moderator

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    these are far for you.. with foster city being the closest at closes to 5hrs :(
    other 'scout' might be better..
     
  9. Inatic

    Inatic Ya Gotta Wanna! Moderator

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    Foster City location is your 'best' bet as far as drive time. My other lead is about 8hrs..
     
  10. ngildea

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    Wow! Okay thanks Ileen so much for helping!

    Bummer they don't accept ins. I just met my $7,000 deductible! Trying to get things figured out before January :)
     
  11. ngildea

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    So I looked on their website and probably won't work financially for me right now. When searching for someone to go to, instead of looking for an Endo, what would you suggest? I heard some good things about UC San Francisco Medical Center's Thyroid Clinic.... Not sure if anyone's had any experiences there?
     
  12. Inatic

    Inatic Ya Gotta Wanna! Moderator

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    you can try calling local compounding pharmacies and ask them for recommendations for drs that treat, prescribe natural thyroid, T3.. Sometimes you can even get some of these drs to TEST free T3.

    It often is someone other than endo (exceptions to that rule) . Check in surrounding cities.. I'll keep searching on my end.

    try googling a pharmacy or two around that clinic and see if they come recommended.
     
  13. Inatic

    Inatic Ya Gotta Wanna! Moderator

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    that should have read you CANT even get...........
     
  14. ngildea

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    Ahh, that's a GREAT idea!
     
  15. wildkat28

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    Hi Ileen!

    As someone with thyroid issues, did you ever struggle with adrenal fatigue, as well? If so, how did that affect your training and your ability to achieve your goals? Right now, I feel "stuck." I have Lyme Disease, adrenal fatigue, and thyroid issues. The Lyme places great stress on my adrenals, as does exercise, and both of those factors make it hard for my thyroid dose to work properly when my adrenals are stressed. I want to be able to work out with no limitations, but I also don't want to do further damage to my body. Is there a happy medium?

    This is why I cannot WAIT to start working with Erik (hopefully my email will come soon)!!

    THANKS!

    Allison
     
  16. Inatic

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    Hi Allison!

    I have never had Lyme Or at least ive never been tested for it... but i do have bouts of issues with adrenals and have hashimotos.
    Early on i used some adrenals supplements when i first started thyroid treatment and now mostly monitor my adrenals and adjust as necessary and resting more if need be. Erik also adjusts my program when we feel i start 'crashing' and that has been very helpful too.

    Perhaps Matt(RPH) can add to the issues with Lyme Disease, I believe he has/had it as well.
     
  17. wildkat28

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    Hi Ileen!

    I'm really looking forward to working with Erik and not having to feel like everything in my endocrine system is working "perfectly" before I can start or see success with my physique goals. From what I've read, it's been a great process for you...and you've probably had ups and downs with your thyroid, am I right?

    How would I get in touch with Matt (RPH)?

    I don't know if you ever measured your temperatures when monitoring your thyroid, but my doc has me doing that and I've found that when my adrenals are stressed, my temps are low, no matter how much my dose is raised/adjusted. Were you ever put on any form of cortisol? I'm afraid of cortisol!

    Thanks!
     
  18. Inatic

    Inatic Ya Gotta Wanna! Moderator

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    My thyroid has been stable for yrs now, its my sex hormones that have taken a major nose dive lol.. I'll be 50 in May and they have given up on me. Im trying to optimize them. Aint easy lol..

    I've often had low body temps or they easily swing on me... but I've never taken cortisol and i dont know that i venture down that path unless absolutely necessary. I've heard/read/followed to many for yrs that say they wished they'd never ventured down that road. Supplementing adrenals with supportive vitamins, rest and watching to not over train, are some of the best ways to heal them. There are some adrenal adaptagens, perhaps your dr might recommend one of them?

    Matt is a member here. He'll likely see this and join in.
     
  19. Inatic

    Inatic Ya Gotta Wanna! Moderator

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  20. Wendy

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    Vitamin D

    My Endo is adamant about this, as well. However, some people can't convert it or something. I have never had mine hit 50, even with 5000 units per day. I have been lax lately on my supplements, so I have to get to work on this. Even after a week in the sun, mine is barely above 30 with supplements. He also believes this vitamin deficiency also plays a big role in the rising breast cancer rates. It would truly be hard to take too much of this! I periodically take 50,000 units once per week to boost the numbers, but this is a prescription only dose.
     

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