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Winter thyroid off?

Hi all, I was diagnosed in summer last year, and man was it nice to see my symptoms fade, the most hated of all of them being uncontrollable, rapid weight gain.

Unfortunately my doctor wouldn't increase my dose when it was badly needed, so I self medicate. Everything had been good until the month and I have been on the same dose since October. I noticed my energy this month is dropping and my mood is swinging. Worst of all, I'm gaining inexplicable weight again.

I'm one of those that go by symptoms and temperature/heart rate rather than blood.

I remember from my old hypo days that I would always uncontrollably gain weight, despite rigid diets and exercise, in January and February.

Is it possible that the winter had given need for a dose increase?

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Yes, it is possible you need an increase and you should request a blood test or get a private one. When symptoms begin to return it is usually because we need an increase and you must also make sure vitamins/minerals are optimum too. B12, Vit D, iron, ferritin and folate. Deficiencies in the latter suggestions can also cause clinical symptoms.

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Are ferritin/folate/iron all different? I know I'm low in ferretin/folate.

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Lunation,

It's helpful to be guided by blood tests and symptoms. If thyroid levels are optimal then symptoms are probably non-thyroidal and due to something else.

Ferritin is stored iron.

Folate is B9 which works with B12.

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I will look into that. Thank you.

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As you have Hashimoto's low vitamin levels are common

Vitamin D drops at this time of year.

Get folate, ferritin, B12 and vitamin D tested

Are you on strictly gluten free diet?

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Yes I am, except I do eat sourdough (very low gluten.) If I low, are there ferritin/folate supplements?

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Lunation,

I thought sourdough was gluten-free?

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No it's not GF so with thyroid issues it may still raise antibodies

Many people find it easier to digest, but it's not technically gluten free (unless you use GF flour)

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