I am new to this forum and find all contributor's comments/suggestions very helpful. Before I found the forum, I felt very much alone and the NHS failed us quite badly. My husband (56) was increased from initially Levothyroxine (medication for thyroid) 80 mg to 175mg, other than that he takes no medication.
After his dose was increased 5 years ago, his first episode of paroxysmal afib occurred. I am still convinced the Levothyroxine is one of the culprits, I wonder if anyone else has the same idea?
The GP just want to put him on statins (due to his family history and high Cholesterol ) but the side effects can be so severe and outweigh the benefits.
Therefore, we decided to improve his stats (Cholesterol etc.) first by eliminating MSG, better diet (using loads of garlic, onions, porridge, beetroot, replacing wheat by oats) and benecol one yogurt drink a day. Since we started End of last year, his stats (Cholesterol etc.) have well improved.
We haven't seen the GP as they don't take us seriously and only want to put him on the statins.
When asking for alternatives to Levothyroxin they just say there is none. Yet my family in Europe are all on different brands of thyroid medication with no side effects and much lower doses.
We just see the nurse now to take a blood test every 6 weeks and just monitor the results which keep improving with the above mentioned diet improvements. Parallel to that, the episodes have decreased, 'only' twice this year with one appeared to be triggered by dehydration, one by stress.
It is just so helpful to read about all your experience with alternatives to medication, like the salt/water cure.
Thanks to Alpha88, the salt trick is worth trying...