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Early start of the journey

I am very grateful to have found this site and have read many of the posts. I have always been overweight, but active and very well and on no medication. A couple of weeks ago that all changed when I developed other symptoms that required medical intervention. I fainted at the wheel of my car after palpitations and anxiety. Luckily I was travelling at very low speed, so apart from a cracked bumper, neither the tree or myself suffered serious injury. I did mean I was taken into hospital and then referred to a GP who seems to really want to get to the bottom of things....

I share many of the symptoms posted on this site, I am just at the start of the journey. Despite eating a very healthy diet, being active (I set up and run gardens in schools) I have been unable to shift weight for years. I had a very stressful childhood (physical and emotional) and have read that increased stress in childhood elevates/disrupts cortisol levels and can affect adult modulation of cortisol and impede weightloss.

Does anyone else have a pronounced Dowagers / Buffalo hump? My gran, mum and I all had this hump, all of us carried weight around our mid sections.

In the last couple of weeks, I have suffered palpitations, breathlessness and a feeling of thickness inside my throat, confusion, lack of focus, feeling low, not safe to drive (see first para!) and just want to sleep all the time.

Have been having lots of blood tests and ECG. First blood test indicated my calcium is low I don't really know what this means. I have some irregularity with ECG and will be having more of these including 48 hour wearing device. I do not drink alchohol or fizzy drinks, I am not a chocoholic, I don't eat between meals. I loathe being overweight and ironically these latest symptoms onset when I started doing HIT training every other which I started a month ago (no weightloss of course).

This Friday I will get a load of blood results back, apparently there is a lot to discuss. I have never been a pill popper, I rely on a healthy diet (organic, very low sugar, low carb, healthy fats, lots of home grown veg, turmeric, ginger etc etc). Any advice on what I should do if diagnosed as Hypo? I would much rather go down natural med route - but if I need to kick start rebalance of thyroid with drugs then so be it, something has to change.

I feel fairly certain that Hypothyroidism is at the root of my problems and look forward to benefitting from the wisdom and experience of site admin and users.

Best wishes


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Welcome to our forum penneyp123

Many doctors only take notice of the TSH (Thyroid Stimulating Hormones) from the pituitary gland which tries to flag the thyroid gland into producing more hormones.

The medical profession have been told to only take notice of the TSH alone and rarely do other more important tests.

Ask GP to test for thyroid hormone deficiency but to include Free T4 and Free T3 and antibodies. So the test should be TSH, T4, T3, FT4, FT3 and antibodies. Also ask to do B12, Vit D, iron, ferritin and folate.

Of the FT tests, the most important is the Free T3.

Most doctors wouldn't prescribe if TSH is as low as on this chart. The British Thyroid Association have deemed that the TSH must be 10 before being diagnosed, whilst ignoring severe clinical symptoms. So that's why the Frees are more important.

If doctor wont do all of these tests, you can get a private one from a recommended site.

I remained undiagnosed for a long time saw various doctors and paid specialists due to my disabling symptoms, even the A&E didn't do a test for thyroid hormones (5 days before a self-diagnosis) and by that time my TSH was 100.


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Procedure for blood tests:

It should be the very earliest possible and fasting, although you can drink water.

If on thyroid hormones you allow 24 hours between your last dose and the test and take it afterwards.

Thyroid hormone replacements should be taken first thing on an empty stomach with one full glass of water and wait about an hour before eating.

I take any other vitamins/mineral supplements at lunchtime.

If preferred you can take a bedtime dose as long as you've last eaten about 2.5 hours before as stomach has to be empty.

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You cannot 'kickstart your thyroid with drugs'. That's not how it works. Nor is there a 100% way of treating hypothyroidism, and it has very little to do with what you eat.

It depends why you're hypo, of course - if you're hypo, although it does sound as if you could be. But if your thyroid is not producing enough hormone for any reason, more or less the only thing you can do is take thyroid hormone replacement - not drugs, these are hormones. But you do need full thyroid testing to understand what's going on.

Most importantly, always, always ask for a print-out of your results, whenever you have a blood test for anything. Don't just take your doctor's word that everything is 'ok' or 'fine'. It is your legal right to have a copy of your results, under the 1998 Data Protection Act. So, do remember to ask. :)

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