Newbie on here...hello everyone

Newbie on here...hello everyone

UK, 47 years young, mum of 2, Hypothyroid for years (diagnosed in early twenties) only take 200mcg Thyroxine. Other medical issues are allergy to house dust mite, pet fur, feathers (which i take an10mg antihistermine every day, more in hayfever season) Type 2 diabetes for which I am on 1 meformin daily. I seem to be addicted to my anti-depressants, so on low dose, 20mg Citalopram daily. Also have irritable bladder syndrome...but no longer take meds for this, as stopped working....more than enough to be getting on with!

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  • You look great kaffeeehatch Welcome :)

    On the basis of your photo Levo clearly suits you and I'm so glad. You're an old timer so far as being hypo is concerned and I'm sure there will be lots of posts when your wisdom will be welcomed by those just diagnosed and feeling alone as well as fellow junior leaguers such as me x

  • Although I am an old timer, I feel a bit like a newbie with all the information I have been reading on here...need to do a bit of research by the look of things, My whole family suffers with autoimmune disorders and I can see there may well be a genetic link...interesting stuff! ;-)

  • Hi Kaff, you're looking well despite issues, I'm on 125mcg might ask Doc for 200 as well :)

  • Yes, you look very well indeed but I would suggest that your doctor takes a Free T4 and Free T3 blood test (or if he/she wont you can get a private one). The reason being that you say you are on anti-depressants and that would indicate to me (and am not medically qualified) that you may not have sufficient T3 circulating (converted from levothyroxine) as it is T3 which is the active hormone and T4 (levo is inactive) so if we've not got sufficient T3 entering the receptor cells, depression or other symptoms can occur. When T3 does enter the cells, its effect lasts between one to three days.

    Blood tests should always be the earliest, fasting (you can drink water) and allow 24 hours gap approx between last dose of hormones and test and take afterwards.

    Get a print-out of results with the ranges and post on a new question :)

  • Great pic 😊 Citalopram can affect the uptake of T4 - was reading about it yesterday for another reply ! Also I believe it contains a type of flouride which can compromise thyroid activity.

    Metformin is known to prevent the uptake of B12 which needs to be at a good level - along with Ferritin - Folate - VitD for the T4 to convert well into the active T3.

    I am wondering if you have come across Kelly Brogan - her website and her book - A Mind of Your Own.

    Am wondering if you have gluten sensitivity too ?? - bladder/allergies ? Could there be a connection ?

    I will look out for your posts and full results .... TSH - FT4 - FT3 and Thyroid antibodies TPO and Tg. You may wish to do the tests privately through Blue Horizon. Details on the main website of Thyroid UK.

  • Citalopram hydrobromide, Marz, not fluoride. According to the literature there are no interactions between Celexa (citalopram hydrobromide) and levothyroxine.

  • what is fluorophenol then ?

  • The fluorine atom is covalently bonded. It replaces a hydrogen atom because with fluorine there is stability.

  • I bow to your superior knowledge 😊

    At the end of the article it does say they would not take with Levo ....

    Hell what do I know ? Never had to take an AD so haven't a clue ....

  • I should think that if someone is very concerned about fluoride ingestion then tea is the most obvious thing to forgo. Camellia sinensis tea.

  • Hi and Welcome. Certainly sounds like you would suit a ketogenic diet (high fat, low carb, moderate protein). It should help with your thyroid issues, diabetes and other autoimmune issues potentially caused by the gut and having intolerances to one or more foods that you eat. It's not an easy lifestyle to start off : i.e.: just getting used to eating so much fat in a day, but the benefits could potentially far out weigh the initially difficulty in adapting. I'd start off reading 'The art and science of low carbohydrate living' to get you going. Also take a look at various YouTube videos by StepanieKetoPerson. She explains why this diet is good for the thyroid and diabetes.

    Any way take care and I hope you get a lot from this amazing forum!

  • Some levothyroxine has Acacia powder as a filler which might cause hay fever symptoms. Auto immune diseases go together so after one year I was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes currently just about controlling with diet.

  • Wow...what a wonderful thread with so much information. The only way I could afford the tests at the moment is if the GP will fund. Without going into too much detail, I am currently caring for both my daughters who are in need of a lot of my time and attetion, which meant I can no longer work, so having to rely on my carers allowance . My husband is a wonderful man, but not on a high income. So I guess I will have to take all this to my GP and hope for the best! Thank you all for such a fabulous welcome and for your time and effort in giving me such great advice. Hope you are all having a wonderful day. x

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