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Hi. I am a 25 year old woman. I was born with hypothyroidism and i have taken the hormone replacement my whole life. In the past couple of years things have gotten out of wack. My thyroid has grown to 4 times it's normal size and has grown nodules. My endocrinologist said that was nothing to worry about. She did place me on a higher dose to try to shrink the gland. Which has made me feel crazy. I go about every 3-6 months to get a check up and I tell her every time about my symptoms. My hair is falling out more than ever, I sweat ALOT, I have anxiety, depression, heart palpitations and consipation. I just feel like I shouldn't have to feel this way. Has anyone else felt this way? If so what helped? Removal of the thyroid? Thanks in advance

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    Sara,

    Hi I had 2 nodules but I never had my thyroid removed but last year I had the iodine ablation that killed 1 nodule and shrunk the over. So I'm not on any thyroid medication it caused to many side effects heart palpitation.. Anxiety. Etc so ask your endo if the iodine ablation is an option.

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    Try a high protien diet but stay off the following foods 

    cabbage 

    carrots 

    cauliflower

    broccli 

    turnip

    this is because the problem is that your immune system is attacking you thyroid and you must lower the effectiveness of your immune system for this diet to help you, you see the thyroid supplies the cells in your body with protien!

    my fiancee was in a similar situation she had lots of nodules and was going to have to go for a biopsy but I put her on this deit and when she went back the doctor said we will do another blood test and as I suspected all was normal 

    best Regards,

    james 

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    When did you learn you had a thyroid problem?  What dosage of medication are you on?
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    Hi Sarah, 

    please take time to read through the many posts here. You'll find you aren't alone.

    Go to an endocrinologist who you feel takes your concerns seriously,mand is willing to work with you to find a solution. I wish I had sought help when my thyroid condition was new, instead of letting it get worse.

    Since It often takes time and is a long process to get a new doctor, an appointment, etc. In the meanwhile, there are many things you can do to help yourself. Gluten- the protein found in wheat, rye and barley, is known to contribute to the autoimmune disease that affects the thyroid. In addition,mthere ar many foods, particularly the cruciferous vegetables, that are known to contribute to thyroid growths: do a search for goitrogens to find out what foods to avoid. 

    All the the usual things you probably already know: get enough iodine, protein and other nutrients in your diet and supplement with natural vitamins and other supplements as needed to assure proper nutrition.

    intestinal health is also important in thyroid disease, as gut problems and thyroid disease often appear together.

    James' comment about a high protein duet is righ on! 

    I've taken it a step further and am supplementing with amino acids. This offers some relief.

    Ive also gotten enormous relief from acupuncture for the thyroid symptoms while navigating the crazy of the meds. 

    Hope that helps.

     

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    I've not experienced swollen thyroid but when I was on too high dose of thyroxine it did the same to me. I even gained weight cos I ate all the time...the anxiety sent my blood pressure up so I ended up on tablets for that too...its such a vicious circle. Hope they sort it soon

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