confusion about symptoms and medication

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Hi Everyone

I have been taking Levothyroxine 50mcg for years. Symptoms were  fatigue,  low blood pressure and being cold. Recent blood tests came back "normal." But I am still struggling with occasional fatigue and low blood pressue (84/57 today). Needless to say I was dizzy and wanted to go to bed in the middle of the day! One doctor advised increasing my salt intak, which I did but I don't think its healthy. I do drink more than 8 glasses of water! Any thoughts or advice is much appreciated.

Tima

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    Hi tima, have you ever had yourT3 messured? If you're gaving trouble converting T4 to T3 you would show normal on TSH and T4 blood tests, but have underactive symptoms.
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    Hi Tima

    how is your labs including sodium, potassium and blood sugar.

    Did you check your other endocrine glands so we need urine cortisol level

    show this labs to your doctor

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    I do not have great familiarity in this area but a very clever friend of mine says that blood pressure is a large function of how much salt is in it - and I find that to be true in my case. It is also true for any liquid in a confined/pumped system, it is more difficult (i.e. needs more pressure) to pump a sugar/salt/mud in water solution than to pump pure water. That is probably why your doctor made that sugestion.

    My other two cents worth is that you might be drinking too much water and flushing out your electrolytes. Get your doctor to measure these immediately, then stop drinking so much water and return to your doctor at a time he thinks fit for this testto have effect and measure them again. Electrolytes are very important for the workings of the heart (and therefore the pressure it is capable of delivering), particularly potassium. But like I say, this is not an area of my expertise and there are many more electrolytes needed for proper functioning of your body, ask your doc what else should be measured - and Google this for yourself, the more you know the faster you will heal.

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      Thanks so much for your comments. You made me think. I have been struggling with these problems for some time and have tried countless supplements and herbs. After I read your post, I remembered my naturopath doctor recommended one or two EmergenC packets (each has 1000 mg vit C along with potassium, magnesium, etc). But since I am also suffering from acid reflux, I had stopped taking them. Even when I was supposed to take them, I didn't take them consistently. But your comments reminded me of this old remedy. So I have started taking two of those per day and haven't experienced light-headedness/low blood pressure during the last 2-3 days. I hope I have found the solution to my problem. My my doctor said my random cortisol and ACTH (adrenal insufficiency) tests came back as "normal". Evidently he relies on the data and disregards my symptoms.
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