Paula1947

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Have been borderline  hypothyroidism for a few years. Recent blood  test showed TSH 21 T4 7.5 T3 3.5. Like everyone was prescribed 50mg Thyroxine which I am afraid to start. Been to a Naturopath who is treating me with Tirosine and CalmX. The TSH levels went down to 14 and T4 up to 10 but been fluctuating. My question is. Has anyone been able to bring the TSH levels to normal thru Natural Therapy. All the negatives of Thyroxine are overwhelming and deciding which path to take is becoming a nightmare. I must add that I don't have any of the symptoms of hypothyroidism except for the occasional anxiety attack. PLEASE HELP

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    This is interesting:

    2002, Danish researchers reported on an interesting study that looked at the monthly thyroid levels -- T4, T3, free T4 index, and thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) -- of 16 healthy men with over a period of 12 months. What they found was that each of the individuals had different variations of their thyroid function, around unique levels - or what they referred to as "set points."Each of the patients had his own individual thyroid function and normal level, and the researchers found that these levels tended to fluctuate slightly within their own range.

    These findings led the researchers to conclude that a thyroid test result within a laboratory's reference limits - or "normal range" -- is not necessarily normal for a particular individual. In fact, the researchers also concluded that the distinction between subclinical and overt thyroid disease (abnormal serum TSH and abnormal T4 and/or T3) is actually somewhat arbitrary, because a patient's normal set point for T4 and T3 -- within the laboratory reference range -- is actually illustrative and needs to be taken into account.

    These findings are consistent with other research regarding the relevance of the TSH reference range, and the understanding that the normal TSH level varies to some degree by individual.

    from:

    http://thyroid.about.com/od/gettestedanddiagnosed/a/A-Labs-Normal-Thyroid-Levels-May-Be-Abnormal-For-You.htm

    Clive

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      Absolutely Clive! We are all individuals and respond differently to medication.  The whole system used in labs for declaring that an individual is 'normal' is not valid.  It also depends on which lab is used as they differ too. Even specialisits don't agree on what the range shoud be i.e. 0-5. or 0-3.   ALSO it depends on how the individual 'feels' despite any results. If you really don't have the typical numerous symptoms and are managing yur health and life, then you probably don't need medicating whether synthetic or natural. Unless your GP has other reasons for treating you.  😉

       

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    Anxiety attacks may not indicate hypothyroidism, surely? There may be other causes.

    Clive

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      Thank you so much for replying to my query. I am well aware of that  "Anxiety attacks may not indicate hypothyroidism" but it can be one of the synptoms among all others. 
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    Hi Paula, you seem to be the opposite of most people whereas they have the numerous debilitating symptoms but struggle to be properly treated/medicated. However you do not state any of the ranges for the results which to be honest no one can comment on whether they are 'normal' or not.  So we can't comment reallly.

      If you are experiencing anxiety attacs i would say as Clive has stated it could be anything.  I am surprised you  have bee offered medication Thyroxine.  this one issue certainly does not confirm Hypothyroidism. I suffer and believe me... I AM suffering and struggling and it a battle getting the right medication levels. Perhaps you could clarify the results first.... but I wouldn't be looking at Natural alternatives to Thyroid issue with what you have presented us with.

    Regards.

     

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