levo 25mcg

there is a history of thyroid problems in our family. I was hyper and given RAI and am now hypo. My daughter has been having problems with leaky gut and difficulty losing weight - I told her to get a reading of her bloods from her. She was very low on B12 and she is now supplementing. however her TSH was 2.3 which she was told was normal. do you think she requires meds or should she just try and build her health up naturally with diet. she has already cut out dairy due to sinus problems.

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  • Thyroidnodules,

    TSH 2.3 indicates thyroid is beginning to struggle but NHS won't diagnose primary hypothyroidism until TSH is over range which is usually >5.0.

    Your daughter may find it helpful to supplement 200mcg selenium which is a good thyroid support.

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    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.

  • Get a private test to see what her t3 count is and t4 and if she has thyroid antibodies. Links to private testers on the thyroid uk website. Your gp won't do this. If she has, their existence will help you to argue for repeat tests over the years and may even lead you to self treat. It is very important that she knows if she has antibodies before pregnancy.

  • Also consider if she might be low in iodine - since she is not a milk drinker - or low in iron, which is common in menstruating women especially if they don't eat much red meat. Again, private blood tests for ferritin are available. I think all young women should take at least a small amount of iron, so long as there is no iron linked blood overload disorder in the family.

    I have no link with these firms, but I think they are a marvellous thing. The NHS can't afford to test for "remote" possibilities, but for us it is worth testing.

  • Iodine is essential for thyroid function, so I would try supplementing that before selenium.

  • Thyroidnoddules, tell her to get her iodine tested before supplementing. Or it could tip her over the edge.

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