Goldie Locks, greedy little thing, gets to try three of bowls of porridge, three chairs and three beds. In trying each of these things, GL finds that which is “just right” for her.
What about us thyroid people though? Some in the medical profession would have us believe that levothyroxine (T4) is the perfect little antidote to our problems. Just take that pill and you’ll be fine, come back in 6-8 weeks for a re-test or a year if your optimum dose has been determined. Works for some but definitely not all.
Not feeling better? Can’t be your thyroid, must be something else. Ummmm, must be stress or, I know! Depression.
I’ve had one GP (a hypo herself) tell me she couldn’t tell the difference between generic brands. Well whoop-de-do, I certainly can and my fluctuating results seems to reflect this but then I’m only the patient. Grrrrr!!! Needless to say, I avoid her like the plague these days.
So what of our other options? Natural desiccated thyroid extract. Works great for some but even my endo, who I consider to be much more open minded than most, sucks his teeth at the mention of Armour. What really sucks is that doctors will let their patients suffer rather than allow a trial.
Liothyronine (T3), only Endos (with a few shining star GPs) seem to prescribe this. However, only after months and months of struggling (in my case, a full year) does this seem to be trialled. You know that moment when the electricity is harvested to bring Frankenstein to life? That's what T3 does for me, (though he's prettier).
So it seems that unlike Goldie Locks, we’re a fair way off from finding treatment that is “just right” for us as individuals.
Your turn: What medication (if any) are you on? Would you like to try alternatives? What responses have you had from the medical profession about alternatives?