I began taking Nature-Throid NDT in the new year (largely self-treating though I see Dr P when I can afford to) and while I feel it has been beneficial overall, my experience has been varied.
On the positive side, I feel more "awake" and less foggy, I'm better able to concentrate and my stamina is improved. My sleep patterns improved too (although I'm still not really getting enough hours at night), and my menstrual cycle, which had been erratic for some years, seems to be more regular now.
Quite early on, I felt more energised during the day, and was pleased (possibly prematurely) to note that I didn't seem to need a "lunchtime nap". In recent weeks, however, I've slipped back into that habit.
I've built up to 3 grains of NDT and tend to dose one grain at a time when I need it. Not in the sense of shovelling them down like Smarties, more that when I start to feel myself flagging during the day, I know it's time for my next dose. This usually means 1 grain when I wake up (any time between 6 and 8am), another around mid-morning/lunchtime and then another at around 2-3pm to help me through the afternoon "slump".
One thing that definitely needs improvement, however, is how I cope with stress. I had a bit of an emotional crisis a couple of weeks ago (thanks to everyone for the kind words they posted about that) and though the worst of that has passed, I still feel I'm not coping well with even minor problems. For instance, I just received an email from a disgruntled work client – an old issue that I thought had been resolved, and which was the fault and responsibility of another department, reared its head again. As I was trying to type out a reply, my hands were shaking like crazy and my stomach was in knots, but once I spoke to a colleague about it, I immediately calmed down.
So I'm wondering – have I raised the dose on my Nature-Throid too quickly? (I started out on one grain and raised by half a grain every couple of weeks until I reached 3.) Or could it be adrenal insufficiency? I've always been fairly nervous in this way, long before I started taking NDT. My adrenals were insufficient the last time I did the saliva test, a few years ago, so I've been on adrenal support as recommended by Dr Peatfield. I've stalled over taking a retest recently (mostly for financial reasons) but I'm wondering if I should make it a priority.
All comments and suggestions gratefully received. Thanks!