Hi all, I am new here and very grateful for this resource. I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism about 5 years ago and was treated with levothyroxine. It took a few years to get the dose right and during that time I felt dreadful a lot of the time. Once I had got the dose correct I took it for another year or so and felt fine. Then last year I began to have symptoms of low thyroid again but my T4 levels were high not low. It wasn't until I met someone who had been through a similar experience that I began reading and researching and found to my horror that we were not alone and there are thousands and possibly millions of people for whom Levothyroxine is not working. people who are ill and do not know how to feel better because the bloods say they are fine, but their bodies and minds tell a different story. I decided that the only way forward was to try NDT. My GP was horrified that I wanted to take NDT and certainly would not prescribe it. I couldn't afford to find a private GP to prescribe it and I or the private prescriptions, tests etc - so I went on my own journey of discovery. I did inform my GP and she agreed to T4 & T3 blood tests when I needed them. I discovered through my research that my adrenals were not working well and needed support, so I ordered the natural supplements advocated by Dr Peatfield in his book. I also ordered Armour from an American company and began to take it. I also starting taking and recording my temp and pulse each morning and evening and how I felt and eventually after increasing by 1/2 grain at a time I found the right dose. I felt so much better, but money was once more an issue. Armour is expensive and then there is postage and then if it gets stopped by customs (I live in the UK) they charge £20% VAT and an admin charge on top. So foolishly I tried NDT by Nutrimeds and got very ill with hypo symptoms very quickly my pulse was an average of 58, my temperature was consistently, my joints stiffened up and I felt low and pretty dreadful. I kept researching and spent copious amounts of my time looking for an effective and economical way to treat myself. I eventually found Nature-Throid and ordered some from the same online pharmacy and it is working very well. I take 5 grains per day, it is economical effective and I feel human again for the first time in nearly a year - amazing! I need to also take the adrenal support because if I stop the hypo symptoms come rushing back. I have just had my T3, T4 and TSH tested and my T4 is spot on for me at 18.9 my T3 is slightly raised at 9.4 and my TSH is 0.002. I will be discussing this with my GP, but I am more guided by the way I feel nowadays than by numbers on a slip of paper, so I am reluctant to reduce my meds as she has suggested. I just wanted to share my experience with you, because I know that I have been very grateful to read the experiences of others during this journey. xx
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