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been on thyroxine for 20 years but  now weight loss is impossible - i have a trainer and a good diet around 1200 calories net p. day and excercise i do loads.  Have reduced to 1000 cals  but still no weight loss, tried 5/2 and low carb,  no luck.

my THS  .83

RT3 398

i have no other symptoms besides a terrible memory - should i try Amour and T3 T4 suppliments.  Fearful have a dr. but it seems expensive and risky should i just live with the 20pds?

 

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    Hello Ally:  i am an RN -Nurse and live in the USA, however I have Hashimoto's Thyroid disease.  Our thyroid regualtes metablolism.  If low you gain weight easily and if high you get skinny.  A famous USA actor the late Don Knotts, had Hyperthyriodism and he always played a nervous guy and he had a bug eyed look. 

    I was on Armour and it worked on me okay.  I am on Liothyroxine only since I can't convert T4 to T3.  So I just get T3.  However losing weight is super hard.  I have lost 30 pounds by walking and moving my heavier meal to lunch and eating lite for dinner.  To increase your T3 may help but I would not do it without a doctor's permission on it.   A doc once told me no food after 8 p.m. and that is a good idea since it just lays in the body.  Another idea is cut out dairy.

    increasing thyroid meds can cause the heart to race to high and lead to a heart attack.  I hope this helps.

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      i had graves disease twenty yearsa go and took radioactive iodine .. resulting in hypo thyroid.  -  is liothyroxine ... synthetic or bio identical hormone?  I am fitness professional so working out - is at the max. and I have been under eating for year.  Right now I am reverse dieting trying to lift metabolism from years of semi starvation.  i have an appointment with "dr" who specialises in thyroid and perscribes dessicated thyroid plus other suppliments - i have read mixed reviews and she is def. outside the tradtional medical model. I would like to hear how people are doing who take this dessicated natural hormone instead of the usual synthetic perscriptions.
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      Hello Ally:  Liothyroxine is only T3 and is synthetic.  I was taking the NDH (Armour Thyroid) for many years and had no problem.  For some odd reason it became hard to get, and I think less people were on it, so the Pharmacies stopped getting it.  I know "Major Pharmaceuticals"  a company, was making it for a while. It did work on me but like I said it became hard to get. 

      The bio identicals some people swear by them. This is more of "new approach"  and it may work for you. Sounds like this doctor has a plan.  I think it could work.  I know a lady who took the bio-identical estrogen and she had no problems.

      Try it and let us all know.   Be well, Shelly

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      I've just tried NatureThroid. Started at half a grain with intention to build up slowly over seval weeks to. be 2 and a half grains. I felt great on it. Problem is fingers started swelling after first dose, second dose swelled a bit more, third dise swelled even more. I stopped it then tried again 3 days later, same effect. I looked up ingredients and it should never have been orescribed because I am allergic to corn (aka maize starch) and lactose (which the endo knew) and it contains both. Doh!
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    Levothyroxine from my GP did nothing for me and after studying thyroid problems I decided to self medicate with Armour thyroid  & am doing well.It has been a year for me now & I have been able to come off lots of prescribed medication for different things that were all really strong thyroid symptoms which were not put together by my GP.You can buy Armour & other dessicated thyroid from the USA but before you buy you need to do your research & make sure that your Vit D & B12 levels are ok.Join a thyroid group on Facebook where you can find references to excellent books that I am not allowed to promote on this site.I put on nearly 4 stones on levothyroxine but no matter what I tried I could not lose an ounce let alone a pound.Since being on Armour I have slowly lost 2 stones & am still working on the other 2 stones but the improvements in my well being are worth it even if the rest of the weight does not come off,
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      Hi , Brewster,  I am a nurse and live in the USA.  Wow I was happy to see that comment, as Levo did not work on me either.  I can't convert T4 to T3. 

      I was on Armour and it worked on me but I had trouble getting it at my local Pharmacy.  However I am on Cytomel (liothyroinne) and do just fine.  My GP  figured it out when I took Levo for so long and no changes in TSH level and symptoms were awful. gained weight like crazy, etc...

      Glad to hear from you on this topic. XO Shelly

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