Iodine good or bad?

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I was recently recommended a supplement containing iodine and after a week or so of taking it I felt so dreadful and my thyroid levels were low (tsh went up from 3 weeks prior)

Is this quite common for iodine to have this effect on hypothyroid patients ? It was recommended by an osteopath to help improve my functioning but seemed to have the opposite effect.

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    A new-to-me naturopathic doctor recommended iodine for me along with vitamin A and I was cautious, but thought I'd give it a go. It gave me a little more energy but also made some of my thyroid cysts hurt so I stopped it and therefore do not trust it for hypo and hashimotos!

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      I read online that if u have hashimotos as the cause of thyroid issues then iodine won't have any benefit and can actually make it worse! I only read this after I had started taking them for a while too. And that radioactive iodine treatment is used to treat an overactive thyroid which scared me and explained my quick decline in blood results. I don't have cysts or nodules but my throat started really hurting and it was painful to talk! I think these doctors need to be a bit more cautious with prescribing these supplements

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    Hi - I have always been lead to believe that we shouldn't take any products containing iodine unless we have been tested to see if we are deficient. Personally I wouldn't take anymore of your supplements as you are obviously having a reaction to them.

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      Thanks I read this online after I had started taking them. Yes I have stopped them a few days ago. Shame in such a short space of time it has made my levels plummet.

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    are u deficient? my iodine is very low at 7 and i was recommended to use iodine. i'm hashi too and now i'm scared to take it

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      Hi Danielle I was told i wasn't deficient and an Endocrinologist told me iodine deficiency is actually a really unlikely cause of hypothyroidism in developed countries. I don't have hashis either so I am told so its a bit of a mystery for me! From my own experience I would definitely approach with caution and maybe seek advice from other specialists before taking if you choose to?

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