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Anyone take a thyroid medication? side effects while adjusting?

  1. girly_girl09 profile image80
    girly_girl09posted 6 years ago

    I have searched for variations of my question on google but can't find an exact answer. I'm going to call my doctor tomorrow, but in the meantime here is my situation.

    My new doctor started me on Nature-Throid last week (for slight hypothyroid), on a small dosage. I take it in the morning, one hour before breakfast. But... 4-5 hours later in the afternoon, my body starts to feel extra exhausted and a bit achy. Has anyone else experienced these symptoms while adjusting to a thyroid medication? I'm wondering if it is the meds or if I'm simply fighting something off (I know a lot of people are out sick at my college).

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      Amie Warrenposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      What is "slight" hypothyroidism? I was "slightly over the line into low" and my doctor put me on Kelp supplements. They seem to have fixed the problem with no side effects at all.

  2. frogdropping profile image84
    frogdroppingposted 6 years ago

    First - what is 'Nature Thyroid'? A synthetic version, the Armor type? I haven't heard of it but then again, maybe it's something not used in the UK.

    I take the standard synthetic type, Levothyroxine. Back when I was diagnosed, I experienced either the same symptoms I was experiencing pre-diagnosis, or different ones ... or both. Confusing I know but I did feel the wrong way up most days. That said - the drug can take some time to start working.

    I still don't know if my experience could be compared to yours ... I have never been classed as a slight sufferer. I was pretty ill back then.

    Feeling exhausted and achy (I'm presuming joint aches) are normal, from what I can remember. Even now, I have the odd day where I'm plain whacked, despite being medicated and I can feel achy. For me, the most enduring pain in the ass problem is probably my inability to tolerate the cold.

    If you need any more help, I have an inbox - and I hope you feel better soon smile

  3. JacquiD profile image61
    JacquiDposted 6 years ago

    Sometimes switching from regular salt to sea salt can do the trick, since your symptoms are slight. The iodine fortified into regular salt can mess with the thyroid since it's at higher levels than we need.

    Another thing, do you have a gluten allergy? My mother switched to generic and it turned out it had gluten, which she's allergic to, and the pharmacist didn't catch it.

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    Gropen AnimaVitaposted 6 years ago

    Dear girly_girl09,

    Its quite normal as side effects, a lot of different sensations while adjusting the dose of L-tiroxine.
    Don´t forget that the L-tiroxine regulates the number of mithocondria inside the cells, that means, in order to get better, you shold wait for the full effect o L-tiroxine and its effet inside the human cells, which usually last at least six months. Good lucky and be pacient.

    CArlos Gropen, M.D.
    Internal Medicine Department Professor
    Brasilia University

    1. YU_First 1 profile image60
      YU_First 1posted 6 years ago in reply to this

      I have today had the most fruitful moment on hub pages. 

      In April, I was diagnosed with hypothyrodism.

      Boy, was I ill; ...I am still down even now, my legs carry me some days and other days they let me down flat.

      I have water retention in the body and it is especially bad when I have to stand for longer than 30 minutes.

      My menses are irregular...

      I am taking the levo-thyroxine; I've been on it for 3 months and I am now going to wait more.

      I know there are others like me out there.

      I think I am going to change my salt to sea salt.

      I'll see what happens

  5. Lifeallstar1 profile image61
    Lifeallstar1posted 6 years ago

    I have hypothyroidism and the symptoms you are mentioning were how I felt before taking Synthroid which is a prescription synthetic. If these symptoms started after the new medication maybe it's because you don't need it. It does take a while to kick in but you should have already had these symptoms and not just starting with them. Maybe it's too strong and now your thyroid is hyper which can cause those symptoms, as well. I would have the test done again and make sure your levels are okay. You just might not need it but I don't know what your symptoms were before.