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Joined: 6/15/2006
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Has anyone out there been successful with an herbal,vitamin,food combo to regulate a thyroid with the above named diagnosis? I would love to hear some success stories with that condition.
Joined: 6/10/2006
Msg: 2
Hashimoto's thyroiditis
Posted: 8/9/2006 10:31:50 AM
I am not to sure what Hashimoto's thyroiditis is. I have had a thyroid problem since I was 7yrs old I am now 44. I know whether you have a hyper or hypo can make a big difference mine is hypo do I have a slower metabolism and gain weight easily. Before I was diagnosed I had what you would call a gouter (sp) like a base ball in my neck. Once I started on the proper medication it disappeared and never returned. I get my thyroid levels checked every year when I have my physical (called a T7 or T4 I believe) and my doctor actuallly degreased the dosage.

I don't think I would like to mess around in herbal products, unless you really trust the person selling them. I was once told to take echenchia (again sorry about the spelling) you take this when you feel a cold coming on or the flu and it is supposed to help boost your imune system, I later found out that if you are asthmatic whick I am you shouldn't take this herb.

Speaking from experience I would stick to my doctor, don't mess around with your health especially with something so important.

Sorry if I put a damper on your question

Joined: 8/5/2006
Msg: 3
Hashimoto's thyroiditis
Posted: 8/9/2006 4:15:20 PM
never heard of the condition.....will watch for responses....

pity thread??? laugh it off....the person was either in the wrong department or just having a bad day....some forget that their are real ppl on
Joined: 7/26/2006
Msg: 4
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Posted: 8/10/2006 4:42:47 PM
Hi. I have Hashimotos along with another 3 autoimmue conditions. By taking the western medication I don't have *any* issues with my thyroid. I just have the usual blood tests quarterly and adjust the thyroxine as required. There are no side effects to taking thyroxine... I don't really understand why you wouldn't want to just take it?

Let's face it - it's an autoimmune condition whereby your immune system thinks your thyroid is foreign and is creating antibodies in order to destroy it.

I have friend with hashimotos also and he trials all sorts of natural therapies rather than take the thyroxine. All with little or no success and of course he always feels ratsh*t because of imbalance with his thyroid hormones.

Oh, btw yoga is really good - quite a few postures to stimulate the thyroid.

My 2c worth
Joined: 7/27/2006
Msg: 5
Hashimoto's thyroiditis
Posted: 8/10/2006 9:21:00 PM
i have had Hashimoto's disease for years, and to my knowledge the only thing that works is perscription meds....

i wished i had a success story to tell ya, but i dont.....
Joined: 7/26/2006
Msg: 6
Hashimoto's thyroiditis
Posted: 8/10/2006 9:28:01 PM
Agreed. just what I was saying... take the medication.

You can't reverse it or go into remission. It's there - like diabetes
Joined: 4/30/2005
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Posted: 8/12/2006 5:48:10 PM
I was diagnosed with it a few years ago. It's more common in women,but men can get it as well. I never experienced any problems or symptoms, the Doctor caught it in a standard blood test.

I've never tried anything herbal. I take 137 mcg of synthroid per day and I'm fine with it.
Joined: 6/30/2006
Msg: 8
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Posted: 8/13/2006 7:06:24 PM
I dumped the synthroid for the other drug and all my hair came back after
losing a good was scarey for a bit but now I'm enjoying the
new hair - very nice!

The problem with synthroid (for me) was they kept telling me I'll get my
hair back but months went by and finally I took over & got what I wanted
and ordered the new meds.......everything seems to be back to
normal but I still feel tired and when I ordered more blood tests, it
came back as a possible Hashimoto's Thyroid - apparently the doctors
resist tests for T2 and T3 for what reason I don't know. But people, be sure
you go to a thyroid specialist because most doctors are not entirely sure
what they are doing.

This is a great thread and hope you guys share what works to bring up
the level of energy. Last night I slept about 18 hours before I hit the gym.
Joined: 6/15/2006
Msg: 9
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Posted: 8/25/2006 11:28:50 AM
Back from hell. My doctor quit and I ran out of meds, that is why I thought I would try to go natural. I was trying pills from the health food store mostly kelp. They were full of salt which my chiro said is a natural thing. (kelp being found in the Puff Puff hold water. I tried iodine on my skin to soak in and got some good results but hard to tell how much to put there. I also had a protein shake a day to get my amino acids and enzyme pills to help digest it. Finally went to a clinic and am back on meds. My chiro said if you just eat your 5 fruits and veggies a day everything will be balanced just fine. I like the spinach idea. Thanks for all the input and I'm still looking for anyone that has the answer. By the way I am in the middle of a good book on the subject. More later.
Joined: 4/22/2007
Msg: 10
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Posted: 6/5/2008 9:59:26 PM
I have it too. I got it about 4 years ago and fortunately it was caught totally by accident when I was having some blood work done. Herbal remedies won't work. Eventually your immune system will totally destroy your thyroid and you risk death. I am afraid it is synthroid medication for live.
Joined: 1/12/2008
Msg: 11
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Posted: 6/8/2008 3:28:51 PM
I have this disease and will always be on synthetic thyroid medication until the day I die my doctor told me. Never ever heard of regulating it through herbs, vitamins and diet!!!
Joined: 4/22/2007
Msg: 12
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Posted: 6/8/2008 8:55:36 PM
I agree with you Karen. I have been told if I was not to take synthroid, I could go into a coma and . . . Hashimoto's is an autoimmune disease. As autoimmune diseases go it is the best of the lot. Both of my parents had different nasty autoimmune diseases. I consider myself fortunate.

I think Amy is wasting her time and probably making herself feel run down from lack of synthroid, which has no side effects whatsoever, so what is the big deal?
Joined: 1/12/2008
Msg: 13
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Posted: 6/18/2008 1:50:43 PM
What are you getting so bent out of shape over Amy? Of course you have a right to be healthy and if you find this works for you that is awesome, I simply said that I was told by my doctor that I would be on that medication for life and had never heard of it being regulated by diet and herbal suppliments. I hope the alternative works for you.
Joined: 8/25/2006
Msg: 14
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Posted: 6/20/2008 2:58:11 PM
I was diagnosed with Hashimoto's in 1994, by an endocrinologist, not a general practicioner. I did some reading up, what I could back in the 90's, before the internet became a wealth of info. She didn't seem to know some of the things that can happen with low thyroid, like losing the outer part of your eyebrows, which happened to me. Since then, I've just gone to my family doctor for my yearly testing. While the Levoxyl that I take seems to take care of some problems, others still exist and seem to be getting worse. I suspected that I had Fibromyalgia, and talked to a counselor that I used several years ago. She has Fibro herself and thinks that I may have it also. Now I have to go to a rheumotologist, just have to make an appointment. I'm bypassing my GP, because he doesn't seem much good except for general ailments. It seems that alot of doctors, including endocrinologists, don't test everything they should be testing, and according to some sources, Hashimoto's has a definite connection to Fibro. Anyway, it's always been my understanding that taking medicine for Hashimoto's or any thryroid ailment, is a life long commitment, and not something that can be cured by herbs or suppliments. My mother has a goiter, and she takes the same meds as me, just in a much lower dose. My daughter has Addison's Disease, a much more dangerous ailment. If she doesn't take her meds every day she can die within just a few weeks. While I can understand that some people don't want to take prescription medicine, there's a reason for it's being in existence. Take the pill, forget trying to cure this with herbal remedies. Just don't take it with grapefruit juice or eat grapefruit. Also, you shouldn't take cold medicines or aspirin or ibuprofen with them, unless it's at least several hours after taking the thryoid meds. You also shouldn't take vitamins until after several hours of the Levoxyl or Synthroid, as the iron in the vitamins can upset the absorption of the meds. You can Google all kinds of information on this, if you don't seem to get all the answers from your doctor. Also, be sure to read the leaflets that come with your meds from the pharmacy, as sometimes the info changes.
Joined: 8/11/2007
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Posted: 6/22/2008 6:22:43 PM
I was diagnosed with Hashimoto's about 20 years ago. A GP wanted to remove the thyroid which would mean I'd be on meds the rest of my life. I went to a Thyroid specialist, and he recommended synthyroid for me. Hence, I still have the gland (although it is destroyed) and will be on synthyroid the rest of my life. I do have to keep it monitored, as numerous things can affect your thyroid (even on medication).

Example: if you drink milk or take antacid tablets at the same time you take your synthryoid, it will negate the effects of the medication. Also, taking synthyroid with food will negate the effects as well. I take mine with water and on an empty stomach.
Joined: 8/29/2013
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Posted: 7/12/2017 8:24:17 PM
absolutely interested I have hashimoto
Joined: 3/21/2018
Msg: 17
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Posted: 10/22/2018 8:18:52 PM
I am curious to see how epi-genetics might play out with TCM acupuncture; the idea of the 12 gates and the lymphatic system similarities, and perhaps connected to the inconclusive evidence of another underlying reboot system; To recap, the releases of Ige antibodies that contribute to an autoimmune system attack upon the associated gland is—right now—deemed manageable by consistent intake of thyroid gland injection, according to Western medicine. Akin to oxygen pills. Perhaps there is a magic reset button, like on the back of a calculator, to uncover the issue of autoimmune symptoms, but until then anyone is free to try and poke holes in anyone's argument if an idea sounds too absurd to be entertained.
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