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Hi, I am 35 and was diagnosed with hypothyroidism 3 years ago. I have had blood tests every 3 months and now am prescribed 125mgs of Levothyroxine daily. I have found this to help very little. Still had aching and painful joints and sleep issues. Couldn't sleep at night but could fall asleep sitting up in the chair during the day. I had someone reccomend Aloe vera based products to me, which i tried with no expectations but have found they helped massively with my skin, energy and sleep levels. Biggest improvement was the aching joints eased. Has anyone else found any natural remedies?

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I am not a doctor but I have learned a lot. Body aches with synthetic thyroid may be indicative of your body not being able to convert and metabolize. My liver shut down after 6 months on the synthetic. I currenly take Naturthroid

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Welcome to our forum Elgill1981

Other members will respond about things they've found helpful.

I note that you have been diagnosed three years ago and still had clinical symptoms which have been helped by Aloe Vera and that's good.

I think that after three years on levothyroxine you should have no clinical symptoms, feel well and have a once a year blood test. Hormones should be at maximum as thyroid ones drive our whole metabolism, brain, heart etc and should be optimum.

The dose we take has to be sufficient to remove all clinical symptoms and if it isn't and doctor more interested in keeping the TSH 'within the range' maybe you could look into things a little further.

When you have a blood test it should be the earliest possible. Don't eat before the test. You can drink water. Also your last dose of levo should be around 24 hours before blood test and take it afterwards. This helps to keep the TSH at a higher level as it reduces throughout the day and may result in the doctor adjusting doses unnecessarily.

Ask your doctor to give you a Full Thyroid Function test as usually TSH or maybe T4 only will be done. It is T3 (converted from T4) which is the active hormone required in our receptor cells and sufficient may well help us to feel really well again.

Always get a print-out of the results with the ranges for your own records and you can post if you wish to have any comments.


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Hi Elgill Pls see my article posted on the newsfeed this morning - it might be helpful to you.

Warm Greetings


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Around 80% of hypothyroid patients have Hashimotos Disease. An automimmune condition. To discover this, you need a TPO test which I would highly recommend you ask for. If you are diagnosed with this condition, you'll find that a T4 only regime is highly unlikely to give you any relief. Please pose your actual results and the ranges quoted by the lab. What your GP considers within range might differ from the experts on here so it would be easier to help you if we knew what your test results were love.


Hi. I have never been given any information from my gp at all regarding results or ranges x


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