Its been 3 years on NDT and I love the stuff, however recently I have begun to suffer from a Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) possibly due to leaky gut/autoimmune issues. For the moment I'm attempting to manage it with diet, rather that immunosuppressant drugs. However the diet (which seems to work in terms of pain reduction (Paddison Program)) is zero animal protein/fat, high starch/veggy diet. On this veggie protein only diet, I was finding NDT’s cannibalistic attributes (you loose weight) too agressive I lost 5kg in 2 weeks. Before the vegan-ish diet I was taking between 2.5 to 3 Grains NDT per day to get a stable body temp, eating like a pig and stable at 85kg. This was down from 107kg when I first went from Levo to NDT and Gluten free three years earlier.
So I have converted back to Levo for several reasons, NDT (pig thyroid) in contrary to Paddison Program’s zero animal protein philosophy . Weight lose on vegan-ish diet (down to 80kg). Unstable body temp (varies 1 to 1.5 Deg C) unless i’m on 3 grains NDT. GP and Specialist Support, there is only one GP in my city that will prescribe NDT. And when you say to an Endo or Specialist you are on NDT they immediately blame it for any unrelated issues. And finally the cost. $120 per (100 x 60mg NDT caps) and Levo is almost free in Australia.
So my question is, Ive converted back from NDT (3 Grains (3 x 60mg/day) to Levo but I now need about 250mcg Levo to get a stable temp. I’ve only been back a week and haven't had a blood tests yet but I found temp is a pretty good guide for me. My last Levo dose before going to NDT 3 years ago was 125mcg. The formula for Levo is 1.7 x 80kg = 136mcg/day. Although NDT/Levo conversion chart says 3 grains (180 mg) NDT = 300 mcg (0.3 mg) Levo. My thyroiditis has been smashing away at my thyroid for the last 3 years, maybe my natural thyroid has fallen ? or maybe I’m just not getting enough protein and my bodies not regulating temp well, but on 250mcg Levo I feel fine. Any thoughts