Experience With Hydrocortisone

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I have Hashimoto's Thyroiditis. For close to 30 years I was fine on Synthroid but then began to suffer from all-day tiredness. My levels are normal.

I have read that adrenal insufficiency can cause this, and is often associated with Hashimoto's. Has anyone been disgnosed with this combination of conditions?  Can you share experiences and suggestions? I have read that hydrocortisone medication can work.

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    Hi, I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism 10 months ago,  I was pretty sick for a year a did not know why,  anyways my husband took me to the hospital they thought I was having a stroke long story short, I was put on 125 mcg of synthoroid.  Then lowered, then raised, raised again.  For some reason synthetic hormone just did not work for me.  

    I have ate a new dr that is checking to see if I have auto immune desease, Hashemites would be one.  This new dr put me on natural thyroid, not everyone can convert free t4 to free t3.  So far I feel way more energetic but it's only been a month.

    there are so many side effects to steroids,  maybe try the natural thyroid first,  also has your dr done a blood panel to see you inflamation eg blood test ra factor, or Ana.

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    Hi Dave, no good way to diagnose adrenal exhaustion with the medical insurance I have. Though, it is typical for the adrenals to become exhausted with ongoing thyroid disease. When the thyroid is underactive and unable to keep up to support the body's metabolism, it triggers the adrenals into overdrive. If both go on for extended periods of time, you'll have both hypothyroid and adrenal exhaustion. With the adrenal exhaustion, you get other hormonal deficiencies as there is a chain reaction to shut down unnecessary body functions, since the body does not have enough energy... And it will start shutting down reproductive and other functions in order to maintain thyroid, brain and other crucial body functions. So you get a skewed view of symptoms and problems.

    My experience has been with Hashimoto's. I found the medications to be for the most part ineffective, and they actually worsened my condition, causing my cyst to grow rapidly. I did notice frequent formulation changes in meds, which were extremely problematic for me every time the formulations change. In addition, dosing on thyroid meds is allowed plus or minus 10%, which means you can get as much as 20% difference in doses between prescriptions. You can see how this would be a problem.

    After struggling with severe thyroid disease and trying 8 different medications and various formulations of these. I gave up on the meds. I bought a hormone book to treat the adrenal problems with herbs, used amino acid therapy for the hypothyroidism, and have been cleansing. I have tried many things. These are some things I've found most helpful. I don't know if there are legitimate hormone books out there for men. It's always better to start with herbs. Another option that's more natural is traditional Chinese medicine because they have wonderful herbs and you don't have to figure it all out for yourself.  Cortisone treatment might be helpful, but I would hesitate to try this without knowing what you i.e. got because it could actually make it worse. If you want to. Go that route, you might look into pulsing doses of DHEA, to see if that reboots the adrenals. It's sort of addictive and you don't want to shut down your body's own ability to produce hormones, so use with caution. If you alternate days for 4 days, then off completely four days. Then alternate again for four days... This is a pulse dose that won't decrease your body's own production, but might give you enough to work with to jump start your system.

    Often you you can get hypothyroidism caused by mercury, bromine or other heavy metals or chemical toxicity, resulting high rT3. So your blood work doesn't show anything unusual unless you check the rT3. Meanwhile, the high rT3 is inactivating your T3 and you have no idea why you're having anxiety. Low T3 tends to result  in anxiety, a likely trigger for adrenals to go into overdrive. So you can see how this chain of events is extremely difficult to track, detect and treat. You're chasing everything to figure it out. Meanwhile your whole system is crashing. Get it? This is typical.

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    I just got all my reports...all my levels except vitamin D are good...and I have been falling asleep early sitting in a chair and walking to the bedroom is a chore yet I walk 15000 steps a day...biopsy came back good..report said my enlarged gooter is resting on my esophagus and I now need to go to an ENT to make sure I guess that is what makes me feel strangled and like a pill is stuck in my throat...I have never been so confused about my health ever..hope you get answers!
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      Patti, even without impediment by a goiter, hypothyroid symptoms as well as hyper thyroid symptoms can include difficulty swallowing. I was seeing a really good endocrinologist for a while and he would always ask if I was having difficulty swallowing. Sometimes I did have problems swallowing, but it happened when the meds weren't right. Just something to keep in mind.

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      I have been reading..and my daughter works for an endo..I do not want surgery...i slipped and fractured vertibraes 10 years ago and had spinal fussion..since then all sorts of issues with my bones..2 yrs ago the neck was bad had a MRI which is when this little nodule showed up..I ignored pcp telling me to get it checked which ....lesson learned.. so now this goiter ...and the endo was sure it was this or that like I wrote last night then this restricted feeling and hoarseness when I talk and it is hard to swallow certain foods bunch of other stuff popping up...so trying to research this goiter making me miserable with all perfect blood levels and benign biopsy..now the ENT...not wanting tongo there but made appointment...first endo said a gi doc...I said no...so not trying to be poked and told i need surgery..i have never been healthier..have not drank or smoked in 10 years...walk everyday..eat really well ..so all this running to different doctors just to be told I am fine or I need surgery is crazy..when I mentioned different herbs and vitamins and what not to my daughter that works at the endo she looked at me like I was nuts....it is discouraging finding not so much reading material on a benign goiter and good levels from all blood work..and this stress from all the doctors scaring you only to send you to another can not be a good thing?? I am on no meds for anything except the vitamin D endo just prescribed..In Pennsylvania everyone had a vitamin D deficiency..just alot of questions...you answer more than the doctors have
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      Yup, I was with my mom at the ER last weekend, I swear, they can't comprehend anything that doesn't fit into their protocols. I couldn't decide if they were insane or brainwashed, because anyone with a brain, watching what they do can't help but wonder what they're thinking when they try to substitute medical procedures or pills for care. You know, sometimes, people just need to have commode by the bed, they don't need a catheter just to pee. They're the nuts. They don't even realize they're just implementing a business model, a franchise called medical care. They don't make any money if you buy herbs.

      If you're interested, I use a really good hormone book. I can pm you with the name.

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    Thank you all. I will be talking to my Endo about getting tested. 
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