I don’t know if I’ve ever really talked about it before, but I happen to be lucky enough to have a lazy thyroid. Hypothyroidism is the actual name of my condition and lemme tell ya, it sucks.

If you’re not familiar with it, here are some links that explain it in detail better than I can:

General info

Medications

Basically, my thyroid doesn’t produce enough of the hormone it’s supposed to. I’m almost always tired, I don’t have much energy, my hair falls out like you wouldn’t believe, I go through periods of depression and I’ve gained a bunch of weight.

Sounds SUPER fun, doesn’t it?

Well, since my diagnosis a little over a year ago, I’ve been taking 50 MCG Levothyroxine tablets every day when I wake up and I feel no different than I did when I went to the doctor in the first place. Β It’s been incredibly frustrating to know that I’m doing exactly what I’m supposed to but nothing is improving. Β In fact, I’ve had quite enough of that.

After talking to a couple of people that have the same thyroid problem that I do, I found out some interesting things. I learned that the synthetic thyroid hormone that I had been taking has been known to cause osteoporosis. I also learned that sometimes hypothyroidism can be caused by low iodine levels and can be treated with an iodine supplement.

None of these things were brought up when I got the results of my blood test. Actually, I wasn’t given much information at all. A nurse from my doctor’s office called and gave me the results, then informed me that they’d already called a prescription in for me. I was to start taking it right away and come in for another blood test in three weeks. The pharmacist told me that I’d start losing weight once my body adjusted to the medication and I wouldn’t have to make any changes to my diet.

Well he was a big fat liar.

I have lost some weight… I had gotten close to 180 pounds (my heaviest point, which is what caused me to go to my doctor) and I lost 5 pounds the first month I was on the medication. I took it as a good sign, and I was excited about getting down to a normal weight.

It just never happened.

I now weigh 160 pounds. Yeah, that’s less than I weighed a year ago, but at 5 ft 1 in tall it’s still too much. Remember, I gradually went from weighing between 105 and 110 (in a size 0) to 180 pounds without any drastic changes to my diet or (lack of) exercise. I also still deal with the other symptoms on a daily basis and I’m (literally) tired of it.

Today I went to a natural foods/vitamin shop and talked to the nicest woman about what I could take in place of my Levothyroxine. We went over a few different options and came up with what I hope will be a far better solution for me.

I quit taking the Levothyroxine about a week ago…and today I started taking my supplements. I haven’t discussed it with my doctor or ANY doctor.

I’m a rebel.

I’m going to try this out for a month and go in for a blood test. Then I plan to talk to my doctor about it.

Now. I don’t recommend doing this, ok? Seriously, if you think you’d like to try an alternate treatment of ANY medical condition, please talk to your doctor first. Don’t be like me.

Left: Levothyroxine, 50 MCG - 1 per day ... Middle: Thyroxin-Free Thyroid Caps (raw gland concentrate with iodine, magnesium, zinc, copper, manganese and molybdenum) - 2 per day ... Right: Sunflower Supreme Multi Vitamin and Mineral Supplement - 6 per day

I’ve traded my once a day, teensy-tiny synthetic hormone pill for 8 much larger pills every day (middle and right). The Thyroid Caps contain bovine thyroid.

Yup. Cow thyroid.

Moo

I really want to make sure I’m taking them every day as I’m supposed to (half in the morning, half in the afternoon) so I picked up one of those old person pill containers to keep track.

Next thing will be bifocals...sheesh

I already took my FRI am dose like a good girl.

Not surprisingly, this is a much more expensive way to go. Also, it was a pain in the ass to take that many giant pills in a row…especially because they taste AWFUL. It took half a liter of water for me to get them down and I still kind of feel like something got wedged in my throat.

I’ll be updating about it here and there from now on…

Let’s hope this works…I’m getting desperate for normalcy. Normal weight, normal energy, etc…

No, for real. This had better work. I don’t have the willpower to starve myself and liposuction is expensive!

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