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Feeling anxious


I am currently on 3 grains of Nature Thyroid and 25mg T3 (self medicating, was on 100 Levo before it all went wrong). I wake up every morning with hardly any pulse and also feeling cold (I never feel the cold).

I have gone off my food and lost a little weight and am having terrible problems with my bowels (it's like they have gone very lazy), the wind is awful and when I am at work I have to hold it in which isn't very ideal I know.

Reading some of the posts on here with regards to low stomach acid, it sounded a bit like the sort of problem I might have. I ordered Swanson Hydrochloric Acid with pepsin and started off taking 1 twice a day for 5 days and it made no difference, so, I upped the dose to 2 twice a day, no difference and then I introduced Apple Cider, and am still struggling, (I have never suffered from indigestion). I have been following a GF diet for a few weeks, and this has calmed down flare up's from Hashimoto's but hasn't helped with digestion.

Anyway I am off to hospital on Friday for a colonoscopy, which means I have to purge myself Thursday, It will certainly help with bowel movement. If my problem is low stomach acid will this purging start to undo the work I am trying to do by replacing stomach acid.

Can any one tell me if up the dose again on the Hydrochloric Acid, as the bottle states one tab twice a day. Also the thyroid dose I am taking does seem a little high but I am not having any problems, ie, palpitations, dizziness, but I think I may not be absorbing properly, due to my stomach woes.

Sorry if I have gone on a bit, I'm not usually one for doing this type of thing.#


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Health2015, 3 grains NDT and 25mcg T3 is equivalent to 300-375mcg Levothyroxine. Anxiety and weight loss are symptoms of overmedication. You ought to have TSH, FT4 and FT3 tested.

I don't take acid improvers but my understanding is that they, &/or ACV, should be taken before meals to raise acid and aid digestion. I doubt purging will have any effect on stomach acid.


I am not a medical professional and this information is not intended to be a substitute for medical guidance from your own doctor. Please check with your personal physician before applying any of these suggestions.


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