To anyone, Naomi and missCliocat especially, following this post , who is finding the fatigue, lack of zeal/energy so exhausting - not to mention the hair loss and dry skin, let me tell you what I tried more recently, which helped me. I'm not a medic so I'm not telling you do this, I just suggest have a read and consider or dismiss it!
There is a pharmaceutical company called Arkopharma. It is a company that supplies pharmacies worldwide and They manufacture several "remedies", using NATURAL ingredients. Like Ginseng, Honey, Royal jelly, and more ! It really depends which symptoms you have that effect you most. I bought Arko Royal Dynergie because I am in France, so I guess in English it would say Energy!
For me it helped my metabolism,,and gave me more energy. My mind was clearer - no more brain fog. My hair certainly stopped dropping out at the rate it was. And is looking thicker - in that I can't see my scalp under it like I used to. What I notice most is that me eyebrows and pubes have increased! I never did pluck my eyebrows when I was younger and I'm 68 now ! Both those things I could do without
The box of Arko Royal Dynergie comes with 20 Ampoules - take 1 daily then none for 10 days - that's s a one month course! I took the 2nd month in the same manner but I started feeling the beneficial effects in terms of having more energy. Look the company up on arkpharma.com - they have websites in many languages. But take your Levo or whatever 1st in the mornings or whenever and still leave to 30-60 minutes before taking anything else. The Arko can be taken in glass of water or Orange Juice, so there's your Vitmin C also. I know many of the younger generation do not eat breakfast, but it is essential for health, nourishment and your metabolism to "break your fast" and I suggest eat perhaps couple of small ginger biscuits when you take your Juice and Arko.,Ginger is another good natural ingredient.
Be careful about how much coffee you drink, because that is another stimulant and I prefer natures own ingredients in the Arko or a similiar product and drink tea with milk in it, which also increases a little my intake of calcium because I have a cereal and milk breakfast, using honey, not sugar for the sweetness I also crave. My guilty pleasure being a Mars bar on occasion and I haven't eaten an plastic yet!
Notwithstanding what other conditions we may have, it comes to down to our own results and "gut instinct" about what works for us and what doesn't what ever we supplement our food intake with. I've only recently started taking Vit D daily in tablet form, but have also found that my breakfast cereal of weetabix is not agreeing with me. Now I've eaten weetabix for years with no problems - now I have them, so Ive decided I'm going to stop taking the Vit D powder coated tablet!
A few months ago, when I asked both my doctor (who prescribes me monthly Liquid Vit D3, also in an ampoule) and the pharmacist about taking extra Vit D they both quite strongly said NO to me, Given my current reaction these last few days I'm going to stop taking the daily Vit D now and see if my gut calms down and goes back to not rejecting the weetabix!
Please remember I'm neither medically or nutritionally qualified - just someone like the rest of you trying to sort my health and life out!
MISS CLIO - By the way I only take Levothyroxine for my Thyroid and miss Clio that sounds to me like a hell of lot of different type of Thyroid meds you take. Consider going back mentally, to the beginning of your thyroid problem and start analysing things from there. When was your last thyro blood test and when is the next one due! Post your last test results on here including TSH, Free T3 Free T4, Folate and Feritin if you have those tested also, Vit B 12.
NAOMI - Hashis means you have an autoimmune condition - but there are apparently over 100 different health conditions that can give rise to auto immunity - so not just the Thyroid. Infections of one sort also compromise our systems, which is why the white blood cell antibodies rush to defend the part of the body being attacked by the infection. UTI's are common in women, just as a starter!
We go through many different physical changes which can play havoc with our adrenals and hormones over the years, not to mention infections as said - which can compromise our own natural immunity. doctors used to rush to prescribe antibiotics for all infections rather than let the bodies own immune and defence mechanisms work properly. When I was younger there used to a saying about "feeding a fever" and " starving an infection" .
Think back to the old Dickensian films when someone with a fever would have wet chilled towels ut on their brows, and be fed bowls of broth! With an infection, often in the gut, or bloodstream, I would boil up then chill water - it was then sterile after boiling and for a period of 24 hours would only sip the chilled water and when I felt better would commence again by only "eating a little of what I fancied" - quite often it would be either tomato soup or scrambled egg, until slowly my appetite returned.
It's not always so simple, in fact these days it's quite complicated but I am trying to heed my own advice combined with past knowledge and experience, especially with infections, where I find garlic helps, be it on an open wound or mouth ulcer/boil.