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I like to think for myself, my past has taught me that doctors often get it wrong, due to lack of common sense or not looking at the whole picture thoroughly. Was diagnosed with underative thyroid about a year ago - due to me pushing and pushiing them to do a blood test that would confirm it. They kept insisting I was wrong. Strange that because I had aches, felt very cold, had awful headaches and other symptoms of UNDERACTIVE THYROID! The blood test confirmed I was right. I took 25 mg to start and felt much better, but this was increased and increased. Yet I still get symptoms and feel I could increase and increase this more and more forever and still feel awful. My underactive thyroid had been coming and going for years but got much worse when a stupid doctor gave me a medicine for yet another ear ache, which you should never take if you have an underactive thryoid, it immediately attacked my thyroid and made it worse. But to me it is obvious this could be a temporary thing. This never occurred to the doctor.
Nor did it occur to the doctor to wonder why I got so many ear aches, headaches, sinus problems etc. It was all because of the underactive thyroid, which I had to keep pointing out to him.
I pointed out to my doctor that I now have a horrible cough/wheeze which is so bad I often wake in the morning coughing and coughing unable to sleep or relax and then find it impossible to work during the day. He looked at me as if to say SO WHAT? and said that as I had ventolin inhalers they must be the cause. Really? Well I have had those inhalers for over 30 years, strange they never caused that before.And I hardly ever use them! IF they made me feel that bad I would have thrown them away.
I became suspicious that you can start off with a slightly underactive thyroid and then your own thyroid becomes lazy as you take the fakes, and this means you have to keep increasing the dose. Not good. This would explain how come I was borderline with only a very slightly underactive thyroid which has become very underactive a year later. Then they say you must take it forever because you are now needing it. In other words this is great for the doctor who gets a kick back from the pharmaceutical companies and great for them too as they sell lots of it. But not good for the patient. Who would have been better off coping with a slightly underactive thyroid.
Have just read a very good book by a naturopathic doctor MARTIN BUDD - Why am I so tired? He says. Taking thyroxine does not guarantee an improvement in the eficiency of their thryoid. In fact by artificially introducing a hormone the gland can become less efficient. reducing its output. With thyroid tissue supplements the blood thyroxine improves as a direct result of the patients thryoid becoming more efficient. When this leads to symptom relief the dose can be discontinued or continued at a lower dose.
Will now be taking the natural ones which are proven to enter into the system and be used by the body, at least that way I have a chance of feeling better, not having to keep increasing the dose, and maybe being able to come off of them altogether one day.
Remember that doctors go home to their family and go out having a great time when they have finished work. They do not lay awake all night worrying about how awful you feel. You have to research and take care of yourself.
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