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to Armour or not to Armour

Hi All , hope you are all having a great bank holiday .

I've had a visit from the fourth weeks Leukemia consultant today .

A lovely man and full of usefull info .

I have had the last chemo , of this first 10 day sesson today . I have been told that the next 14 days are my danger period , as my bone marrow trys to recover . Apparently 90% of patients , develop an infection in this time period ,even from within their own body . So I have to be exceptionally carefull with any visitors , eat well and drink loads . If I am one of the 10% i may be able to go home for a few days before the next chemo session .

I have had some lovely messages from you all , but i felt that I had to make something clear about the visit from the Endo DR R and my decisions about Armour .

I want to make it clear that I dont advocate taking Armour for everyone . The reason the Endo agreed to me taking my Armour here in hospital is because this is a special circumstance .

I have had Beast cancer twice 2005 and 2010 . I have had major reconstructive surgery both times , with extensive radiotherapy after the first time . I have had some bad and some good experiences with the four surgeries in all , then nipple tatooing . I considered myself fortunate . However this has meant that my life has revolved around consultant surgeons , oncologists , and later ent dept with thyroid . I tried the usual thyroxine at 25 mcg then 50 mcg then 75 mcg told eachtime that my tsh had come into line by various gps at my surgery . 75 mcg gave me massive headaches with little improvements in symptoms . I dis extensive research over a 6 month period , a lot of it on this website , but also with many books . I tried a couple of different things . Then decided to order Armour and try it myself , gradually increasing to 2 or 2.5 grains . Felt great for a few months . Then fell ill with what I know know is PRE leukemia and aplastic anemia , probably from the radiotherapy .

According to some of the messages I have had,

I think there may have been some misunderstanding over My Endo DR R .

He never advocated my taking Armour , as he says , it is unlicensed in this country .

He is very knowledgeable and does understand about this medication .

I'm sure that if anyone gets a referral to him , he will try to help as much as he can within the nhs . He seemed to be willing to prescrinbe T3 . But there is no point asking him for Armour , as he can't prescribe it .

The reason that he agreed to me taking my own Armour , is because that was what I was taking before I came into hospital .

When I came in 4 weeks ago I only brought my nhs repeat prescriptions which included 50mcg thyroxine daily . I was obviously going downhill on that as my tsh shot up from 0.01 to 14 within 3 weeks .

He offered me T3 to add to the thyroxine , but we decided that it would be too difficult to monitor with the aggressive chemo .

I sincerely hope that he will not have lots of patients asking him for Armour ,

He's a lovely man and if you go to see him , please go with , as open a mind as he will have .

Sorry about the long blog , but I thought it was worth clearing up .

Wishing you all great health


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I think you did make it clear before - at least what you wrote above is what I thought you had said! :-)

It is really good that you can post so positively about your endo. You certainly need that support right now.



Thanks Rod , was just getting concerned over 1 or 2 of my private messages , that the poor man was going to have a queue , of people with the wrong idea . Ha Ha .

you know isolation for 4 weeks maybe making me paranoid . But then you know , just because I'm paranoid la la . Sorry gone completely now .



Hi Alison - try not to worry - you need to concentrate on yourself now. Don't worry abou private messages - it's easy to get overwhelmed, when you post something positive on here.

Hope things are going well fo you and looking forward to you next update :) xxx


Wishing you well dispensing.Loads of healing hugs!

Jen x


Love your positivity Alison and hope you manage to keep this up. Do wish you well and hope the next few weeks will se you getting better. Janet.


Good to hear that you have a lovely specialist. Wishing you all the best for your recovery.


Just wanted to add my very best wishes to you and hope younwill be feeling better soon ! xxx


sending virtual hugs and positive thoughts your way xx


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