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Thyroid Problems


Yesheen (dr.) Singh Medical Doctor View profile

Dear E



Thank you for your question. Diotroxin is a synthetic formulation containing both T3 and T4 synthetic hormones. Eltroxin on the other hand contains only synthetic T4. Most people begin to experience some change in symptoms within three to four weeks of beginning therapy.



My question to you though is whether your practioner has looked at whether your thyroid imbalance is related to other endocrine imbalances such as in the ovaries or the adrenals. In my experience hypothyroidism is rarely a disease in isolation and often the use of thyroid-directed therapy alone is basicly looking after the superficial sypmptoms but not the underlying imbalance. Do some online research to inform yourself and then begin asking questions…



You are welcome to consult me individually if you would like more personal assistance at www.healthnation.co.za



Many thanks and warm regards

Yesheen Singh

HealthNation

Yesheen (dr.) Singh Medical Doctor View profile

Dear J



Thank you for your question. I would not advise changing the dose of any pharmaceutical without the consent of a consulting doctor. So no, I would not advise you to even slightly increase your dose without consulting him. Changes in thyroid medication doses should always be measured against blood tests of thyroid hormones to make sure that you do not run into an over stimulation scenario.



If you found some positive change and then plateauing of symptoms then my guess would be that while the thyroid may be a part of the underlying disease process it is not the main reason for your symptoms. In my experience it rarely is. I would advise either asking your doctor to think outside the box and look at other endocrine glands like your ovaries or adrenals for further imbalances, or that you consult someone who understands the complexity of the problem. You are welcome to contact me individually at www.healthnation.co.za



If you are post-menopausal then changes in thyroid levels can be part of the change process and need to be managed in the context of the post-menopausal hormone state and not in isolation.



Many thanks and warm regards

Yesheen Singh

HealthNation


Yesheen (dr.) Singh Medical Doctor View profile

Dear L



I am sorry to read that you are distracted from the joys of motherhood by the imbalance in your health. Unfortunately the information you provide is rather murky. Eltroxin is usually prescribed for thyroid imbalances and from the symptoms you describe it is not surprising that your doctor thought to look there first. I cannot coment on the blood results because I do not know what was tested but if the doctor started you on eltroxin then perhaps there may have been something wrong with the thyroid levels.



Eltroxin would not be my first line of therapy for someone who has such a significant trigger (pregnancy and lactation) where your sex hormones will most certainly be disrupted, leading to disruption in thyroid hormone levels and the associated symptoms. There are many other pathways through which your thyroid can be influenced that have little to do with an inherent thyropid imbalance. Managing these diseases with eltroxin is tantamount to sweeping the true cause under the rug and hoping it will resolve itself in the long-run.



You have two options available to you: Firstly revisit your doctor and insist on a full and thorough explanation of why they ordered the tests they did, what the results mean and why they chose to prescribe eltroxin. It is actually unethical and illegal for you to be on a medication without completely understanding the reasoning behind the prescription. Secondly you are welcome to make an appointment with me via www.healthnation.co.za to discuss your clinical picture, your blood results and alternate options to pharmaceuticals like eltroxin as first line therapy to manage your symptom picture.



Many thanks and warm regards

Yesheen Singh




Yesheen (dr.) Singh Medical Doctor View profile

Dear L

Thank you for your question. It sounds like you haven't really had the underlying cause of your thyroid imbalance addressed and thus your thyroid levels continue to fluctuate so frequently.

From the symptoms you describe I do think that you may be using a dose slightly higher than necessary but I would recommend quantifying the blood levels of the drug before adjusting the dose.

With regards to an endocrinologist referral I am unable to provide you with a name as I am unfamiliar with the community in Gauteng. I would recommend asking your local GP or asking friends or colleagues in Jhb about an endocrinologist they recommend. As a last resort you can contact your local Mediclinic, Life or Netcare hospitals for referrals to their in-house endocrinologists.

Warm regards

Yesheen Singh

Gabriell (dr.) Prinsloo Medical Doctor View profile

Hi

Autoimmune hypothyroidism is a common form of hypothyroidism. Unfortunately the current medical management is only with T4. There aren’t medications specifically for the autoimmune component, and immune suppressants are not a good idea. T3 supplements are only used in hypothyroid emergencies not in the management of chronic hypothyroidism. As the body converts T4 to T3, the Eltroxin (T4) will be converted to T3 in your body. Blood tests can be done to confirm that you have adequate levels of T3.

However this medical approach is just looking at the ‘branches of the tree’ as the T4 only corrects the hypothyroidism. To heal properly you would need to explore and manage the ‘roots’. What has caused your thyroid to go out of balance in the first place? Is it just the overactive immune system and if so what caused that? Often the adrenals are under functioning at the same time as the thyroid, which can also contribute to the depression and resistant weight gain.

I suggest that you consult a practitioner who uses a functional/holistic approach to look at the whole picture and give your body the support it needs to start to function correctly.

Please feel free to email me if you need help finding an appropriate practitioner – gabriell@skylightsanctuary.com

Warm regards

Gabriell

Gabriell (dr.) Prinsloo Medical Doctor View profile

Hi

I can definitely provide that for you!

Unfortunately often the people who talk loudest are the ones with bad things to say. Sometimes the bad things are true but most often people make incorrect assumptions or are just negative.

Eltroxin is a synthetic form of thyroxine (T4). This is too low in hypothyroidism resulting in the symptoms that you have had. Eltroxin will support your body so that it can function normally!

Most of the adverse effects that people experience occur when they are taking too much Eltroxin. This is not a problem of the drug but of the dose. The symptoms are those of excess thyroid hormones. So it is important that you start at a low dose and it is increased slowly until your TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone) levels are normal. This indicates that you are taking the correct dose.

In addition some other medications could alter the metabolism of the Eltroxin resulting in altered levels. These include: some forms of calcium and iron, some anti diabetic medications, insulin, warfarin and oestrogens. This doesn’t mean that you can’t take those medications, but rather that your dose would need to be adjusted. If you are unsure, check with your Dr.

So in a nutshell, if you are taking the correct dose you will feel much better.

Warm regards

Gabriell

Gabriell (dr.) Prinsloo Medical Doctor View profile

Hi

I recommend that you stay on the Eltroxin. When last did you have your thyroid hormone levels checked? Check if your T3 and T4 are in the correct range. If they are low then you need to increase the dose of Eltroxin. If they are normal then you are on the correct dose and there is another cause for your tiredness.

There are many causes of tiredness, so I would need to take a full history to get to the answer. Common things to look out for include stress, lack of sleep, lack of exercise, anaemia, irregular meals, a diet containing large amounts of sugar, amongst many others.

I suggest a visit to your GP or another practitioner to work out the cause.

Warm regards

Gabriell

Gabriell (dr.) Prinsloo Medical Doctor View profile

I would recommend that you do not use Lipocut and Eltroxin at the same time. Several of the ingredients in Lipocut contain large quantities of caffeine. Both Eltroxin and caffeine are stimulants. While Eltroxin stimulates metabolism and caffeine stimulates the central nervous system, using them together can increase the possibility of adverse effects.

As yet, I have been unable to find any studies exploring the interaction between the ingredients of Lipocut and Eltroxin, however that doesn’t mean that there isn’t any interaction. I have also not found any studies on the long term effects of Lipocut.

My advice is to avoid weight loss supplements and rather to develop new healthy lifestyle patterns including healthy eating and regular exercise. This leads to sustainable weight loss and improved health. As your thyroid function normalizes it will be much easier to lose weight and maintain your ideal weight.

Kind regards

Dr Gabriell Prinsloo

Taryn Roseveare Nutritional Therapist View profile

Trying to loose weight when one has a slow thyroid is always a struggle. There are however certain foods which one should try to limit (not necessarily avoid) when dealing with hypothyroidism. These foods are known as goitrogens. Goitrogens are naturally occurring substances found in certain foods that can interfere with function of the thyroid gland. Common known goitrogens are: Turnips, Cabbage, Broccoli, Cauliflower, Brussel Sprouts, Kale, Spinach, Radishes, Mustard, Soybeans and other soy products, Peanuts, Pinenuts, Millet, Peaches and Strawberries. Some research has shown that cooking these foods helps to inactivate their goitrogen compounds, thereby making them safer for someone such as yourself to eat. Even so, I’d still recommend limiting these foods to one serving once or twice a week.

As far as weight loss is concerned, a low Glycemic Load (low GL) diet would be the healthiest and most beneficial diet for you to follow. Remember that exercise is also an important part of any weight-loss program as well as to help boost the thyroid, as regular exercise has shown to increase thyroid hormone secretion as well as tissue sensitivity to these hormones.

Regards Taryn.

Nutritional Therapist, Wellness Warehouse, Kloof Street

Sean (dr.) Gomes Medical Doctor View profile

Hi. You can make an appointment with our Nurse practitioner at the WellClinic for an overall assessment and thyroid function test (you can ring 0214875425). This is a blood test and will have to be sent off to a path lab. This will help make a diagnosis. If the levels are low then you will need to see a doctor for treatment. Regards Sean

Reena Sukdev Homeopath View profile

HGH is usually abundant in youth but decreases with age. The human body
is amazingly designed to facilitate natural checks and balances and
there are plenty of natural methods to improve the release of HGH.
Note these won’t replace your HGH but naturally stimulate your
pituitary gland to release HGH. By improving your HGH release you
will definitely improve your thyroid function as well. Having a well
balanced organic diet will help. Include plenty of fruit, vegetables,
legumes, nuts and seeds. Avoid alcohol and caffeine. Avoid simple and
refined carbohydrates that boost insulin levels. Some specialized
super foods that do that help HGH release as well are Goji Berries. An
amazing and easy method to improve HGH release is to ensure you get
plenty of sleep. It seems one of the most difficult things for most
people to achieve these days. Exercise, yoga should be part of your
routine. One of the best supplements you can take is Solal HGH
Advanced. This is a very well researched product that contains a blend
of compounds that work synergistically to improve HGH release. Regards Reena (Homeopath Cavendish)

Reena Sukdev Homeopath View profile

You are welcome to consult with our Clinic Sister who can assist you with this. She will be able to send you for all the relevant tests you need. You would need to make an appointment with her for a Wellness Assessment. Once you have done this we could form a specific guideline for you at our Natural Dispensary. Please see previous posts on Thyroid Disease or visit healtnotes on our web for further information on Thyroid Disease. Regards Reena

Sean (dr.) Gomes Medical Doctor View profile

You would need to check your TSH (Thyroid Stimulating Hormone) as well as your free T3 and T4 levels. Regards Dr Sean Gomes MD

Sean (dr.) Gomes Medical Doctor View profile

The fact that the rash went away when you stopped your thyroid medication would indicate that the eltroxin was the likely cause. In allergic reactions, one can develop a rash, but it is interesting that it was only confined to your legs. Cellulitis is an infection of the skin and its underlying layers. I can only presume that if the rash was severe, and the skin was damaged, that you were at risk of developing an infection. Unfortunately, I am not aware of an alternative for Eltroxin. I would recommend you see an Endocrinoligist who specialises in this area. I have read that there are some suitable remedies within Traditional Chinese Medicine. You would need to see a registered TCM practitioner for further advice. Regarding the use of the multivitamin. I do not believe this would be making you more hungry. Be sure to drink plenty of water when taking vitamins and minerals. Regarding weight loss, please refer to some previous postings by our dietician under the weight loss category for advice on healthy eating. Regards Dr Sean Gomes MD


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