12-22-2010, 09:36 PM
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Join Date: Mar 2010
I've had thyroid problems my whole life. It's a very complicated and, as yet, little understood field. I was put on Synthroid when I was in middle school, due to my weight issues and my moderately low TSH, but all this did for me was make my imbalance worse. I eventually weighed almost 400 lbs (at 5'1", ow) due to my thyroid, as my one doctor put it, being "psycho." In July of '09, I was finally referred to a doctor that specializes in non-surgical bariatic wellness (i.e. non-surgical weight loss) and have since lost 175 lbs. and gone from a size women's 30 to a 16...
The solution for me was a switch from Synthroid to Armour, as the thread Cowgirl linked to you touched on as well. But this isn't a solution for everyone. My specific problem was not my TSH or circulating T3 but my Reverse T3 being incredibly high. Very few doctors will ever test for, or understand the results for RT3 and to be perfectly honest I can't even find very much legitimate info on it in medical journals and such (I work at a library, so I can get access to some.. they're just such dense reading to sort through most of the time). I'm just thankful that the Armour has helped.
But the important thing to remember is that everyone is different and what doctors sometimes seem to lose focus on is that the goal of treatment is not to make blood test numbers look nice, it's to make you feel better. My TSH numbers were near normal, but I still was getting basically no usable thyroid at the tissue level. So if you're not feeling better, do some research and read up with the intent of going to your doctor with a list of questions to discuss. If you're like me, write them down so you don't forget. :P
I would look into Synthroid vs. Armour (or other dessicated thyroids, I'm blanking on the name of the other popular non-synthetic brand) to discuss as well as Iodine as a supplement to support thyroid function (especially if you don't use iodized table salt often). These are often considered alternative medicine solutions so some doctors might not like them much, but are coming back in vogue now that doctors are realizing the synthetics aren't always a good solution. You may also want to ask if your metabolic panel blood work showed all the thyroid hormones or just TSH, and look up some info on TSH as a diagnostic tool.
If you aren't satisfied with your treatment, see if you can get a referral to a good endocrinologist who can look at your history and will hopefully be more familiar with treatment options. It really is a trial-and-error system so often.
I also agree with Cowgirl in that being bedridden sounds pretty severe for thyroid as a sole problem. I really hope there's not something else going on too...