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Any other ways?

I am 19, I was diagnosed with Hypothyroidism, and PCOS when I was in elementary school. I have been on (currently) 88mg lexothyroine since I was in middle, then metaphormin ER added in high school. I was just wondering if there were any other meds out there to treat my thyroid, I am tired of taking pills everyday, is there any other way I can keep my thyroid under controll, with out taking my meds.

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I am very sorry that you have hypothyroidism at such a young age. The fact too that you are diabetic .

Unfortunately for all of us on this forum, once hypothyhroid we all have to take levothyroxine for life. Maybe if your doctor or Endocrinologist can add some T3 to your T4 it may work better for you. You can take both together.

PCOS treated with thyroid hormones can be healed but they have to be at an optimum for the patient. (don't take too much hormones as that would be a horrible experience.)

I can understand why you wish to change as you were so young when you were diagnosed and have other reasons for depression etc.

First of all, to try to help you you need a new blood test. It has to be at the very earliest possible, fasting (you can drink water) and allow 24 hours gap between your last dose and the test and take afterwards.

Ask GP, and tell him you've taken advice from the NHS Choices for help/advice on dysfunctions of the thyroid gland, Thyroiduk.org.uk.to test

TSH, T4, T3, Free T4, Free T3 and thyroid antibodies. B12, Vit D, iron, ferritin and folate.

Get a print-out from the surgery and members will guide you along. If you've been taking thyroid hormones you may have resolved your PCOS (if you were on sufficient hormones) now but you should have this checked properly as thyroid hormones (at an optimum) should resolve PCOS.

Now you are 19 you have your whole life ahead and try to put all your past experiences behind so you can have a happy healthy and fruitful life. I do know it's difficult if you've had traumas but be determined not to have your life ruled by it.

Your nearly 20 so another decade begins and your aim to have a good, healthy life.

Levothyroxine should be taken first thing when you get up and wait about an hour before eating. When you are on an optimum dose you should feel well with no symptoms.



NDT and Liothyronine are alternatives to Levothyroxine. Diet/lifestyle changes aren't substitutes for thyroid replacement which hypothyroid patients need to take daily for life.


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