Hello, I had a follow-up with the geriatrician I saw last in January. At least he listened and I felt like I was talking to a person, but he did say he wasn't going to address thyroid any more and would leave it to the endocrinologist. He told me my head scan and heart tests were normal. Asking how I was I said not so good, feel queasy. Had a really bad day on Tuesday, felt queasy and then suddenly feel terrible as if something is washing through my body and I have to sit down. My head goes swimmy and eyes don't seem to be in line with my head when I turn it. When I get a day like this I have to sit most of the day till bedtime. I have had them before many times. He diagnosed vertigo and gave me a prescription for Stemetil - Prochlorperazine is a prescription drug classified as an anti-nausea and anti-vomiting medication, as well as an antipsychotic agent and it carries a black box warning. He only gave me two weeks worth as he said it sometimes works for nausea and sometimes doesn't. I am not sure I will take it as it looks horrendous. He did focus on the sickness but I said that the diarrhoea that has been accompanying the nauseous feeling has so far stopped from end of July, and that I have been self-injecting B12 since April and I am wondering if this has had a good effect. Of course, I might have more than one thing overlapping here, that is always the difficulty. What I forgot to say was I can still have the nausea (like today) without feeling dizzy or needing to sit down. I call those days when I sit all day my 'collapsing days', but I think he confused my terminology as he said people can have an impending sense of doom when they feel like they want to collapse. I call them collapsing days because I just can't do anything at all and sit watching tv till bedtime. Hubby cooks dinner.
I still think I need treating for being hypo but no-one wants to know. I have another gp appointment Monday. I am now wondering if I should try going gluten-free to see if that will improve T4 to T3 conversion - think I have got that right. The last endo said try gluten-free but he didn't say what improvements I might see. Do people go gluten-free as well as being treated for hypothyroidism? Thank you for any input once again.
Gluten-free is usually or people with Hashi's, because they're often gluten intolerant. It sometimes helps them feel better, sometimes doesn't, but I don't think it has anything to do with conversion. Do you have Hashi's?
Having optimal nutrients - vit D, vit B12, folate, ferritin - and taking selenium and zinc can help with conversion. But, there are so many reasons why people don't convert well that it's a bit hit and miss. But, in any case, you do need optimal nutrients for general good health. You also need to consume enough calorie for good conversion.
Do you take a B complex with your B12 shots?
I don't know if I have Hashi's as I can't get diagnosed. It was the last private consultant who suggested trying gluten-free - the one who wouldn't treat my 5.4 TSH which were Medichecks results. I am going to the gp Monday to see if she will do more tests that the consultant wanted as I didn't want to pay another £260 for blood tests as I had had the same ones with Medichecks, but he didn't want to take notice of them and said it was only just out of range.
My D has dropped over the past two years. I had got it to about 228 nmol/L in 2016 and now it has dropped to 114. I have been supplementing with 10,000 iu all that time (consultant said most people only take 1,000), plus K2 and magnesium but have had some days when I don't take it and when on holiday don't always take it, but I was surprised at the drop. I self-inject B12 about every 10 to 12 days plus gp jab. I take folate most days, usually leave a gap here or there. I take zinc a couple of times a week as I was zinc deficient and I take iron. I also take B complex too.
Maybe not much point in going gluten-free then. I am supposed to do it for 12 weeks and then go back to the consultant.
Very strange thing for the consultant to suggest. I wonder what he thinks it's going to do for you.
He didn't say, but I am sure I read somewhere it helps the conversion of T4 to T3.
I've never heard that.
I've just thought of something today, why is the endo saying try gluten-free if he doesn't believe I am hypothyroid?
lol That's a very good question. But, I'm afraid you'll have to ask him, because I have no idea! The ways of endos are weird and wonderous!
Tell me about it. I’ve got a 24 hour urine test next.
And what's that supposed to prove?
Sometimes you get immediate noticeable improvements, but can take longer than 12 weeks to see improvement going GFree