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    Just 2-3 days before I had blood work I had stopped taking iodine. Could this explain the high number? Got my blood work redone as they didn't have the right kind of tube to test my testosterone, so will be getting TSH levels checked again. I'm getting the test done because my libido is non existent.

    I had worked my way up to around 45mg of lugols a day along with 200mcg selenium, 150mg b2, 600mg b3, and 1g of vit c. I also supp with Vit d and ZMA. I think I was on the iodine for about 5-6 weeks maybe. Reason I stopped is because my throat was constantly hurting ever so slightly. Docs I've seen have already hinted at just giving me a thyroid scrip, but I really want to fix this in a holistic nature.

    Yes, I know...I'm asking the opinion of people who may not be doctors, but I figured some people who have had hypothyroidism may have some words of wisdom of how they got through it. And...I'm limited in my doctor options...especially finding a holistic one. Was I not doing the iodine protocol right?...or maybe I should of stuck with it longer? Thanks for any help!

    Nathan
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    A bit more info...I was eating either kale or broccoli pretty much everyday cooked. Now its down to 4 days a week, but could that be to many goitrogens still? I also eat sweet potatoes 3 days a week after my weight lifting sessions.
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    • #3
      Get referred to an Endo, tell him everything. Follow his advice. TSH of 14 isn't the end of the world, mine was once 60--and I didn't know it

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      • #4
        You should get a complete thyroid panel. And go to an endo, like otzi said.

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        • #5
          I would be half dead if my TSH was that high. I have a thyroid condition, and before it was diagnosed I was tired all of the time. Never got fat though, the only symptoms besides being tired were puffy eyes upon awakening and no menses. I feel a ton better now that my TSH is always around 1.
          I would think you should find an endocrinologist, thyroid function is important for everything and an under functioning one will take a toll on your body.

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          • #6
            My TSH was at 6.79 a little over a year ago, my GP said it was no big deal but that we should check it in 9 months. Meanwhile I was slowly upping my iodine along with the usual supplements, I only got up to 12.5 mg of iodine by the time I had my TSH checked again it was up to 18. Like Otzi said you should get a complete thyroid panel. I had my antibodies checked and it turns out I have Hashimoto's. I'm on synthroid but it's not doing anything, I've found another doctor that has experience with thyroid issues and he's ordered a bunch of tests. In the meantime you should check out this website so you have more info about how the thyroid functions:Primary Cause of Hashimotos | HopeForHashimotos
            Life is death. We all take turns. It's sacred to eat during our turn and be eaten when our turn is over. RichMahogany.

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            • #7
              Under 2 is optimal. I also have hashimotos, and do well with synthroid but it took me some time to find a dr who would use the new (bot so new actually) standards of TSH levels. 6 is way too high. 18 is nutts

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              • #8
                Thanks for the link Urban! I've gone through a ton of the videos this morning already. Is life extension a good place to order blood work online? Its pretty well discounted with the membership. Getting the anitbodies test is pretty expensive though! No insurance here...
                KFCialis - It may be boneless...but you won't be! - Stephen Colbert

                My Powerlifting journal in preparation for my first meet - http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread54184.html

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                • #9
                  Complete thyroid panel with antibodies here

                  https://directlabs.com/Default.aspx?...en-US&tabid=55

                  cost $219

                  If you find an affiliate lab then I believe the price for the blood draw is included.
                  Last edited by Neckhammer; 08-02-2013, 09:51 AM.

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                  • #10
                    Enjoy being miserable and useless if you are going to try to cure thyroid problems naturally. It doesn't work. I'd probably be dead without Natur-throid (judging by my dose).

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by MightyMouse View Post
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                      I had worked my way up to around 45mg of lugols... I think I was on the iodine for about 5-6 weeks maybe. Reason I stopped is because my throat was constantly hurting ever so slightly. Docs I've seen have already hinted at just giving me a thyroid scrip, but I really want to fix this in a holistic nature.

                      -Nathan
                      What you have done to yourself was irresponsible and potentially dangerous. You seriously need to get your ass to a doctor, tell him what you did, and let them sort you out. Treating yourself without getting labs along the way is a great way to damage yourself permanently. You may have a goiter, thyroid cancer, or an auto-immune condition. Iodine can greatly speed up the damage from all those things!

                      Once they sort you out, you can get on a good labwork schedule, then play around with holistic approaches, but you need to get sorted out first!

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by notlupus View Post
                        Enjoy being miserable and useless if you are going to try to cure thyroid problems naturally. It doesn't work. I'd probably be dead without Natur-throid (judging by my dose).
                        Talk about a sweeping nonsense statement. Most people that have hypothyroid symptoms should be seeking to treat them naturally. There are some that need medicated. All will benefit from a whole foods primal/paleo template as a base point from which to make specific tweaks.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Neckhammer View Post
                          Talk about a sweeping nonsense statement. Most people that have hypothyroid symptoms should be seeking to treat them naturally. There are some that need medicated. All will benefit from a whole foods primal/paleo template as a base point from which to make specific tweaks.
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                          • #14
                            Eating the right foods to complement the medication is one thing. To try to avoid medication when it is needed is another.

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                            • #15
                              Mightymouse you really need to get the labs done before you try and treat yourself. Even in those videos they say that if you have diagonsed Hashimoto's (which btw most people with hypothyroid do have) you need to take thyroid replacement hormones. Diet and supplements will improve the thyroid's ability to function but if you have Hashimoto's thyroid meds will be a part of the treatment. And there are several options when it comes to thyroid hormones.

                              I'm at the point where we are trying to figure out what meds will work for me. I'm on synthroid and my TSH is down to 2.6 but I don't feel any difference. TSH is only one test and it's not that helpful. My new doc ordered a full work-up. I just got back from getting a whole slew of tests done. These tests will be expensive but I'm tired of using guesswork, I want to know what's going on.
                              Life is death. We all take turns. It's sacred to eat during our turn and be eaten when our turn is over. RichMahogany.

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