Aches and pains...has anyone tried Brazil nuts?h

I had a total thyroidectomy 18 months ago, and have been treated with Levothyroxine only. My joints and muscles have been aching, and it was getting progressively worse. Went to GP to request a T3 test, but was refused...not available on NHS! I was referred to a rheumatologist, and prescribed Amitryptolene to help with joint pain and lack of sleep. I was at the end of my tether...couldn't think straight or concentrate, fuzzy eyes, aching, lethargic. I don't need to go on because I know that you all know what I'm talking about.

I remembered reading somewhere that Brazil nits are good for you, so I bought some and ate 4 on Thursday night, and another 4 on Friday morning. I had my first "proper" nights sleep on Friday night, and was amazed yesterday, that my pain was not chronic!

I couldn't believe the improvement, so I googled "Brazil nut thyroid" and found this:

chriskresser.com/selenium-t...

I had another good nights sleep last night. The brain fog is clearing. I went for a bike ride!! I did some gardening!! I'm still feeling good, and I'm actually looking forward to going to bed tonight.

Has anyone else tried taking selenium? How was it for you?

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  • Thanks for your post. I does make you think how many vitamins/minerals are essential for good health. It is good too about selenium helping to convert to T4 to T3.

  • I always eat 4 brazil nuts every day. I'm sure they are doing something good.(By the way you wrote Brazil nits!).

  • Sorry about the brazil nits! I am just amazed about the conversion of T4 to T3 being aided by selenium. I'm still going to have a private blood test done, because I'm sure that my body wasn't converting the thyroxine to T3, but I will keep eating Brazil nuts in the meantime because I am feeling so much better. I can't tell you how relieved I am.

  • Thanks for the info- I have just started taking selenium after reading up, but am off to buy brazil nuts tomorrow- someone else wrote about this a few days ago!! I too have awful knee and ankle pain, and get painful wrists too sometimes....hope these work!!!

  • Another good nights sleep for me. I hope that this provides relief for lots of us!

  • This is a great post! Before I was diagnosed with low thyroid I CRAVED shrimp so much I would drive miles to get it, I would literally eat it 4-5 times a week for months. Which I now learned it is high in selenium. I don't think it helped me with sleep but I am going to try Brazilian nuts. Thanks again.

  • 'Brazilian' nuts , lol :)

    I read about these a few days ago on this forum, and ( finally) found some, and started eating 4 a day about 3 days ago, which is meant to be enough. Before this I had read up on Selenium and had bought some supplements, which costs more and adds to the bag of vits I take daily!

    I don't know if it's coincidence or a 'placebo' effect, but I THINK my knees actually ache less! Whatever it is, I'm not complaining!

  • Sorry, I meant Brazil nuts. For some reason I am always screwing up my posting in this forum and someone never fails to bring it to my attention. In any event I am looking forward to trying this suggestion

  • Brazil nuts must be cheaper than shrimp too. Good luck. xx

  • And good news if you're a veggie! :)

  • Just bought a couple of bags of Brazil nuts and have had four since returning home. What would people say is the recommended daily amount - although I'm sure you can't overdose on nuts, you'll just put on more weight I suppose.

  • The article says a couple, but I've been eating 4 in the morning and four at night...they're not very big nuts, though!

  • brazil nuts or is it nits! are also nice covered in chocolate yum

  • Mmmmmm...less pain and a chocolate hit. What more could we ask for?

  • Just wanted to point out that T3 testing IS available on the NHS. Your Dr would rather give you Amitriptyline!!! What an idiot!

  • I am always made to feel like a hypochondriac. They want to treat the symptoms, not the cause. I have an appointment on Friday with a friend of mine who's also a GP. I think he'll help me with tests and finding the best way forward. My own GP said that if sag

    He requests a T3 test, the haematology dept will refuse to do it. I just end up going round in circles with them. She won't refer me to an endo until I've taken the Amitriptyline and seen the rheumatologist. She says I have fibromyalgia, but I know I'm not converting T4. They just don't listen.

  • I started taking selenium after reading about it for Hashimotos and I noticed that I slept better, deeper sleep and feel a little better not as achy

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