Hypothyroid and learning to take responsibility for my health

I was diagnosed with hypothyroid 26 years ago after the birth of my first child. I have had many symptoms over the years but I did not know that there were any other options out there other than the Eltroxin I had been on for all these years. I finally decided to do some research about a year ago and learned of ndt. I started taking it about 2 months and although I do feel better on it I still have some symptoms which I believe are hormonal. I am going to see a naturopath soon to see if she can help with this.

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  • Hi and welcome,

    Many mothers of new babies might for the first time experience a dysfunction of their thyroid gland.

    You say you switched to NDT about 8 weeks ago, which is a relatively short time and it needs a longer gradual increase.

    When switching to NDT, normally we switch to an equivalent dose of levo, i.e. 100mcg of levo is equal, in effect, to 1 grain of NDT. So, if taking 100mcg you switch straight over to 1 grain, after two weeks increase by a 1/4 or 1/2 NDT and every 2 weeks thereafter until you feel relief of clinical symptoms. You should take pulse/temp before beginning so you have a starting point and be aware of your pulse/temp and should either rise too high drop to the previous dose.

    I believe confusion arises as NDT is quoted as 60mg or 65mg against levo 100mcg.


    (I am not medically qualified just experience of undiagnosed/unmedicated/undermedicated hypo but am well now. It took several years to find a solution).

  • That's really helpful thank you

  • I have been increasing I take 2 in the morning now and 1 at night. Unfortunately I did not take my temperature at the beginning but will start doing that now just to keep an eye on things

  • You just need to do that initially, then you get to a daily dose which suits.

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