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I have been taking thyroid meds for almost 3 years. off for 6 months in between.
It all started with thyroid storm, to controlled, to good for 6 months (possibly due to body stress (i work in a noisy environment sometimes)) to back to hyperthyroid/Graves disease.
I have been taking methimazole. What i notice is
i get a lot of body cramps/ache/pain/sore. Not sure what to call it, but it sure has the same feeling as cramps. The body that get such cramps are actually muscles that stretches. For example turning my body to put a belt on will stretch neck and back muscles. I get cramps on those muscles. It was going on for a while. I asked my endo doctor, and he says he don't think it is the medicine nor is the thyroid.
What i noticed were, when i was off for 6 months, i felt great and in shape. When i have hyperthyroid back, all these symptoms came back, of course including my fast heart beat of 110-120s. (Lopressor will help).
Anyways, last night was my first time skipping methimazole just because i left the pills at office. At the same time, it was my first time trying out Acetyl L-Carnitine HCL (800mg) + Alpha Lipoic Acis (400mg).
Reason for trying this? Been reading for a while that it actually will help with muscles and they are supplement so it shouldn't affect any medication. Or even L-Carnitine HCL.
Anyhow, it was my first time i don't have any cramps! But, my brain & body has memory of telling myself don't stretch whenever i move automatically. Lol. Pretty amazing when i think of memory in muscles and brain.
Today, I am going to go back on the methimazole again, without the Acetyl L-Carnitine to see if it comes back from cramp. After that, if it does I'll continue it with Acetyl L-Carnitine, and check back. if it does, then i'll try to stop methimazole. Who knows i might need the lighter version PTU rather than methimazole? Or maybe even carbimazole.
Will keep everyone up to date.
At the same time, i hope whoever has the same experience would chip in as well.
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