Alternative thyroid treatments

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I have been having symptoms for about 7 years now and these symptoms are gradually becoming worse and worse. I have had numerous blood tests all coming back 'normal'. I have had numrous other tests to find out why I feel so bad all coming back negative or normal.

Last week the latest test came back as low but my GP says that she will re-test me in 6 months. I am in despair... I have to get my life back. as I really can't go on like this. Has anyone tried any alternative treatments to help increase thyroid production?

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    ask what your results are, you can be at the low end and still be underactive as an individual, ask to be referred to a specialist and don't try herbal remedies
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    I can really sympathise as I had a similar experience. I was on levothyroxine for a long time. It made me feel a bit better but by no means well. I was desperate to find some alternative. I was searching the internet and stumbled across a website that recommends a type of medicine called armour thyroid. It is made from desicated thyroid glands of pigs, which sounds a bit gross but is actually natural.

    I have been on it for a few months now and feel 100% better.

    Hope this helps.

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    It's great to hear that you feel 100% better Laura. I'm interested to know whether you got the Armour through your GP and chemist or whether you got hold of it yourself via the internet? I think that's going to be the best way to go, I already have some supplements from a company that sell bovine extracts, it's quite expensive though. People visiting these posts might like to know that Armour was the thyroid replacement used in this country until 1985, but the word got out that simulated Thyroxine was better as the dessicated pig thyroid was alledgedly, not a consistent strength. Our thyroids are different from one day to the next so that probably isn't really a problem. Our genetic make up is more likely to be compatible to pigs than a manufactured hormone.
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    It's great to hear that you feel 100% better Laura. I'm interested to know whether you got the Armour through your GP and chemist or whether you got hold of it yourself via the internet? I think that's going to be the best way to go, I already have some supplements from a company that sell bovine extracts, it's quite expensive though. People visiting these posts might like to know that Armour was the thyroid replacement used in this country until 1985, but the word got out that simulated Thyroxine was better as the dessicated pig thyroid was alledgedly, not a consistent strength. Our thyroids are different from one day to the next so that probably isn't really a problem. Our genetic make up is more likely to be compatible to pigs than a manufactured hormone.
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    If you really, really want to explore the armour treatment then check out the website http://www.stopthethyroidmadness.com/ but read it with an open mind and check other websites to find out all you can before you take the plunge.

    There are people who have had adverse reaction to armour but that is not mentioned on the site.

    You could also look into taking T3 together with the T4. Anyhow find out all you can and do what is right for you.

    Jack

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    I take Armour Thyroid and also T3 and they've made a tremendous difference to my health. I get both of these from my GP on the NHS, via my local chemist, & have done for 4 years now. T3 is on the official prescribable list, Armour isn't but it can be prescribed on a named patient basis if your GP is willing to do so.

    Jackfrost is right in saying that some people have adverse reactions to Armour & this is also true of T3 (liothyronine) too but they did help me. Some people find that adding some thyroxine (T4) to Armour is better for them as Armour contains proportionally more T3 to T4 than humans produce, others find that adding some T3 to their thyroxine makes a world of difference to how they feel. Many do very well on just thyroxine but if you're one those that doesn't then there are alternatives. You do need to give any thyroid replacement time to work though - there's a lot of repair work going on when you start on meds & it can often take several months to even start feeling appreciably better.

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