I was diagnosed back in the summer of 2015 with a very large (softball size) goiter on my thyroid that was compressing my windpipe. I was still hoping to try a natural approach to shrinking my thyroid, I waited on surgery.
I was having side affects of a ‘wonky’ thyroid with rapid heart rate, night sweats, weight gain and a pain in the right side of my thyroid. If you ever have pain around your thyroid its a warning sign. Goiters don’t hurt but thyroid cancer does.
Two days before Thanksgiving 2015, I had my thyroid removed completely. The pathology report showed a small, less that one inch section on the right side as cancer. Due to the small size amount and the really bad side affects of radioactive iodine, I opted out of cancer treatment.
I received my follow-up care at the VA Medical Center. Doing some research on thyroid replacement, I requested the natural hormone replacement. The VA denied it and put me on .75 of Levothyroxine. Within 1 month on the medicine, the side effects were terrible.
I was getting headaches so blinding, I wasn’t able to see out of one eye. My lips were tingling even though my calcium was within normal ranges. My heart was skipping beats and forget about sleeping. Those were just the things I could feel. What the medicine was doing to my insides was another. I never had issues with my cholesterol but suddenly my numbers were off. I gained 14 pounds in 3 months and was craving sweets and caffeine because I was always tired.
I went back to the VA and requested new medicine and explained all my symptoms. They didn’t see the issue. I also asked about my T3 when Levo was only giving me T4. They asked me why I cared about my T3 when I didn’t have a thyroid.
I did my research on LEVO and there are a whole host of side effects.
sleep problems (insomnia),
pounding heartbeats or fluttering in your chest,
changes in your menstrual periods, or
appetite or weight changes.
General: fatigue, increased appetite, weight loss,weight gain, water retentions, heat intolerance, fever, excessive sweating;
Central nervous system: headache, hyperactivity, nervousness, anxiety, irritability, emotional lability, insomnia;
Musculoskeletal: tremors, muscle weakness;
Cardiac: palpitations, tachycardia, arrhythmias, increased pulse and blood pressure, heart failure, angina, myocardial infarction, cardiac arrest;
GI: diarrhea, vomiting, abdominal cramps;
Dermatologic: hair loss, flushing;
Reproductive: menstrual irregularities, impaired fertility.
Would you believe there are also fillers? The inactive ingredients are listed, which include acacia, confectioner’s sugar (contains corn starch), lactose monohydrate, magnesium stearate, povidone, and talc. And then below this you’ll see some of the color additives, which include FD&C Yellow No. 6 (in 25 mcg tablets), FD&C Red No. 40 and FD&C Blue No. 2 (in 75mcg strength)
Talc which is really bad for the body. When someone experiences an increase in symptoms upon taking thyroid hormone, sometimes this is due to the ingredients. For example, if someone is sensitive to corn, then they very well might react to synthetic thyroid hormone. This is especially the case if someone is sensitive to gluten. Gluten can cross react with Corn and many other grains.
I decided I had to go another route. Stay tuned for my next post on My Thyroid Protocol Part II.