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Gave up smoking - feeling worse

AnnaSo
AnnaSo

Hi everyone!

I have given up smoking two weeks ago and have been feeling absolutely awful ever since- really exhausted (more than usual) despite the fact I have been off work and on holiday during the whole time. I visited New Zealand and stayed in the mountains and I could barely drag myself out of bed every morning and felt constantly sleepy😢 even thought it could be the mountains effect as I have low blood pressure (100/60)?

Has anyone else experienced or heard of this(either smoking or mountains)? Could it be detox symptoms?

I have been on 175 Levo past 5 weeks, increase from 150 as results low. Nutri nets on the mend - D3 and zinc still low, rest optimal.

Thanks!

Anna

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I see you are Hashi and have been for a long time

Something in tobacco reduces the attack on the thyroid.

A lot of people only develop hashi when they give up smoking.

Check out my post on Anatabine

I just saw you post and I remember reading about this myself too. I am pretty sure there is a paragraph on anatabine in Isabella Wentz ‘Root Cause’ book.

Well that’s not great news for me. I managed to get my antibodies down to a very bottom with herbs, I hope giving up hasn’t thrown it off the track 😕 In any case I don’t want to smoke anymore even more so as planning for a baby next year 🙂

I think that’s probably what has happened

Try increasing selenium it really helped with my antibodies

I think Anatabine is expensive

I was given Ayurvedic herbs for inflammation and my antibodies dropped from > 3000 ( so high there was no range anymore) to 120 in two months! 😮 but I stopped them because of all the drama with my health that was happening later (my dose was reduced from 150 to 125 and it got me bedridden). I have been using selenium for the past few months but they haven’t budge any further than 120 I got to with herbs 😕 but will continue... wonder what the antibodies will be like on my next test... scared.

I haven’t looked at anatabine yet. I remember when I tried buying it in the UK as per Isabella Wentz book it wasn’t available. I live in Australia now and here things are even tighter so not sure. Some have success on LDN but I am about scared to trial it as one o it you have to stay on it indefinitely apparently.

The other thing that helped my antibodies was suppressing my TSH by increasing my meds

I was going to try LDN but my doctor wasn’t interested and my last results showed improved antibodies

My TSH is and has been suppressed for long time just T4 and T3 both low 😕 will stick with selenium for antibodies 🙂

I only developed hashis when I stopped smoking. There is a definite link.

AnnaSo
AnnaSo
in reply to Diane17884

I think you’re right, sorry to hear something so great as giving up caused you a health issue. Hope you’re better now?

Diane17884
Diane17884
in reply to AnnaSo

Hi Anna, thank you :) I know ironic isn't it! I Would never have stopped if I had any idea what was to come. I stopped in January last year and started feeling unwell around March. I'm getting there tho.....I hope lol definitely feeling a lot better than I was. Was the only major change in my life, and personally I believe it had a lot to do with it which is very frustrating considering it's a very positive thing. Hope you start to feel better soon. I wouldn't like to advise you on what to do but I wish you lots of luck x

AnnaSo
AnnaSo
in reply to Diane17884

Glad to hear you’re getting better! 🙂 I am myself second guessing if that was a right thing to do especially as I am still undermedicated at the moment. Thank you for your wishes, sending lots of luck back ☺️

I have read enough about this to believe it. Being in a sympathetic state (fight or flight) which raises cortisol and affects the nervous system is the basis for all chronic disease. I don't know if it's proven that smoking puts you in a parasympathetic state but the relaxation makes it seem so. This is not to promote smoking in any way but trying to find other ways of relaxing may be helpful. I think you are still going through withdrawal and that is also hard on the nervous system but I'm just speculating.

AnnaSo
AnnaSo
in reply to Heloise

That is bad news for me but I’m still glad I did it, I wanted to be smoke free for myself and for a baby we are planning for next year 😊 I also recall reading about this in Isabella Wentz book few years back but haven’t come across this since.

Heloise
Heloise
in reply to AnnaSo

NAC is a great antioxidant.

The vagus nerve is the relax and digest nerve and it is good not to aggravate it. There are even devices that work on stimulating it. CBD oil is also a newer idea....made from the marijuana plant but no THC in it.

AnnaSo
AnnaSo
in reply to Heloise

Thanks Heloise! 🙂 I saw you posted on the vaguest nerve recently, I haven’t had a chance to read yet but will surely do today. I tried CBD previously but it made me feel somewhat weird so I stopped. About to order NAC today, heard good things about it! 🙂

Heloise
Heloise
in reply to AnnaSo

I'd like to know more about the CBD. Do you think it was the brand you tried? I understand as usual people come out of the woodwork to sell a new fad supplement with lots of fakes.

AnnaSo
AnnaSo
in reply to Heloise

I don’t remember the brand unfortunately, my boyfriend made his research and bought a very expensive one from the US with a lot of positive reviews. He was meant to use it for his troubled sleeping and me for Hashis. It worked ok for him but not for me, I felt somewhat tipsy :( we did not buy that product again because it was really expensive and herbal tea has similar effect on his sleep and for me I stopped after few days so would not use again. But as we know different things work for different people and possibly it can do wanders for you 🙂

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AnnaSo
AnnaSo
in reply to Hidden

Do you think NAC would also help? I hear to helps with heavy metals but not sure about things like cadmium. I was thinking of ordering some 🙂

SlowDragon
SlowDragonAdministrator

Retesting thyroid levels more frequently recommended after giving up smoking

verywellhealth.com/cigarett...

You will need to test vitamin D, folate, ferritin and B12.

Are you supplementing any of these

Gluten free diet helps many of us too

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