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    TSH Levels at 14

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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!

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

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    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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    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
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    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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    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...

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    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 at 09:51 AM.

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    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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