1. If your thyroid levels are normal, consider other treatments for anxiety.

  2. Nope, Hashimoto's only affects your thyroid, it doesn't make you more susceptible to other illness or more vulnerable than the average person.

  3. Levo cannot cause you to gain weight. Being hypothyroid can cause your metabolism to slow, which can lead to weight gain, but you still have to consume the calories to gain weight, which unfortunately means you have to consume even fewer calories to lose. When my TSH is too high, tracking (WW, calorie counting etc) will help me maintain weight but not lose it.

  4. What your doctors are saying is accurate. You can't be prescribed meds when your TSH is at 2.32 or you risk going hyper, which has serious health risks. I personally wouldn't wait two years between testing again, and if you are experiencing symptoms I would explore other causes. The symptoms associated are caused by hypothyroidism (that Hashimoto's can lead to, but hasn't yet in your case) but are common to many other conditions as well.

  5. There's no magic, unfortunately. Once it's absorbed it's absorbed. Waiting for a longer /shorter times might affect your dose, but that's okay. If you always wait an hour but start waiting only 30 mins, you may absorb less and your TSH might rise - and vice versa if you suddenly start waiting longer, your dose may be too high as more is absorbed. It's your TSH level that matters and being consistent with how you take your meds is the best way to influence that. If you have a long enough gap between eating and going to bed, some people do take their meds at night, but it's the same meds/same effect.

  6. Interesting, I do suffer from eczema, mainly during the summer or periods of stress on my arms and wrists, I wonder if it could be on my head now. Trouble is, I'm in the UK and you can't get an appointment face to face with a doctor anymore unless you're literally about to drop down dead. I haven't seen a doc since 2019!!

  7. If you are in the UK, try the NHS Livi app for a virtual appointment first. We have usually been able to get an appointment same day. Many skin conditions can be diagnosed with a photo and they can start the referral to a specialist if needed. We've also easily been able to see nurses in person to treat minor ailments, again same/next day who can then can refer you on if needed. Our GP surgery is the worst ranked in our county and we have received appropriate care whenever requested.

  8. You should see a dermatologist if you have scabs on your scalp. Natural shampoo could be the culprit, you might be allergic to one of the ingredients. Natural ≠ better - arsenic is natural.

  9. This isn't how your body works. You can certainly help your liver by watching your consumption of harmful substances like alcohol, but "cleanses" aren't evidence-based and can potentially be harmful.

  10. If he is being treated and his numbers are in range, it really should not impact his life. If he is hypo but still getting his dose adjusted and TSH is high then he might have some fatigue but I'm not sure if the teachers can help with that. I would focus on his schedule at home, sleep, stress etc. to help him prioritise his studies.

  11. You don't need to be scared, it's good that you've been tested, but levothyroxine won't impact your antibodies (which will fluctuate on their own and aren't related to disease severity - simply a disease marker).

  12. Nothing is wrong with them. They follow the NICE guidance . This is available online if you want to look at it. There’s no need to do full panel testing in any case. They will test your TSH and if it is deranged, they will test further. It’s a cascade system. While you may hear differently on this sub, you have to remember that it’s populated mainly by people who eschew medical doctors in favour of alternative health practitioners. And they’re usually paying for every test. But if you want to go down that route, just go to a private GP. They will gladly do a full panel for you and charge you a minimum of £100 for doing so.

  13. Agreed. This is standard care and entirely appropriate. The NHS should not do needless tests because of misinformation on the Internet. Go to a private GP who will gladly take your money if you think you need additional testing. If the NHS had refused to test your TSH that would be a different story.

  14. Snake oil. Please think critically, especially about your health. Hashimoto's is not a disease that is treated with herbs and tinctures.

  15. No there are no extra risks. Surely you discussed your complete medical history with the surgeon?

  16. I just thought it was funny how he/she "didn't go googling to read all the doom and gloom I was supposed to experience", but then made a Hashimoto inspired account to post mainly in the Hashimoto sub - even though he/she is fine! Kinda of a weird phrasing as well. It seems to imply that people who have a rockier path only do so because they read about it on the internet.

  17. Yes, I post here and have a Hashimoto's related account specifically because misinformation is very concerning to me. Someone I know was diagnosed years after I was, and when I said "oh I have that also" she begin to tell me how I shouldn't be eating all things I was eating, how I should feel terrible and all the limitations I should surely be experiencing and that I should "do my research." That's when I googled and discovered how incredibly easy it is to find the misinformation and how often it's repeated, while the evidence-based information gets buried. So yes, it's my hope to counter some of the misinformation and hopefully, people who are newly diagnosed and looking for answers will hear another side to the story. It particularly concerns me when people are asking about children who were diagnosed and are wondering about diet changes.

  18. Yes - me! The vast majority of people with hashimoto's (who are also hypo) take a pill each morning and go on with their perfectly normal lives. They aren't even in these groups.

  19. There are no dietary changes necessary for Hashimoto's.

  20. The lab work often doesn’t mean anything.. people suffer on levothyroxine and they lab work looks normal, within range.

  21. People suffer when their thyroid levels are out of range. Levo is replacing something your body needs but isn't making on its own (similar to insulin for a diabetic). It can take some time and tweaking to get the dose right, and continual monitoring/adjusting is standard treatment. Most people have long periods of stability once the levels are in range.

  22. You should supplement (anything) only when you have been tested and found to be deficient. If not deficient it can be harmful at worst and a waste of money at best.

  23. Having one AI disease only slightly increases your chances of having another - I think 14% go on to have another - maybe one study found up to 20%. So, the vast majority of people with one AI 80-86% will NOT go on to develop another.

  24. Really? Then why so many people answere that they have a bunch of other AI diseases? At they teh part of the 14-20%?

  25. Because this group isn't a representative sample of people with Hashimoto's. Most people with Hashimoto's who are also hypo, take Levothyroxine every day and are out living normal lives having no need to seek a support group.

  26. I'd consider moving the laundry to the primary bedroom side. Why lug the laundry across the house when you don't have to?

  27. Yes, and swap it with the guest bath which is unpleasant right off the kitchen.

  28. You have posted a few times in different places about the pressure in your head - that doesn't sound like a Hashimoto's symptom. Are you also hypo? Are you taking levo or another thyroid hormone? Where are your TSH levels?

  29. That is a hashimoto’s symptom. A neurologist would potentially know more about it, but steroids is what will bring the swelling down. With enough swelling there can be seizures, brain damage etc. So I wouldn’t let it just be (I did because I didn’t know any better, but had I known I would have gone straight to a neurologist familiar with Hashimoto’s).

  30. No "pressure in your head" is not a typical hashimoto's symptom. Symptoms are actually caused by being hypothyroid, which can be caused by Hashimoto's.

  31. Yes - waiting only 30 mins is fine to do. As her doctor said, the consistency is the thing that really matters - waiting 30 mins or 45 mins or 60 mins are all fine as long as you do the same thing each day so that your body has the same time to absorb the medication. I'm not familiar with the other condition or medication, but it makes sense with the consistency that it would be okay also. Your pharmacist would be a good person to get a second opinion from too.

  32. So, AIP even as designed is only supposed to be temporary - not a lifetime of giving up the foods. But it is also not evidence-based, many of the foods it forbids are actually ANTI-inflammatory - like dairy unless you're allergic. And, more importantly, if you're doing this for Hashimoto's it's entirely unnecessary. There is not a lifestyle disease and dietary changes won't have an impact.

  33. There's no evidence-based reason to give up any foods just for Hashimoto's. Unfortunately, it is easy to find many websites encouraging you to give up different things, but they are trying to sell you books and supplements. It's tempting to feel like there's something you can do lifestyle-wise to help, but this just isn't a lifestyle disease. And there's no magical ingredient(s) to eliminate that will make it better. Try to evaluate the sources of information and don't go too far down the rabbit hole. Most people with Hashimoto's who are also hypo, take a pill each day (wait 30-60 mins to eat) and live perfectly normal lives. But that's not who comes to these groups for support, so if you just read here you'll think it's doom and gloom - (and a lot of what you'll read about here has nothing to do with people's thyroid!).

  34. Your doctor is right. The treatment (once you're hypo) is replacement hormone. This isn't a lifestyle disease, there's no diet or supplement that is needed. The sites you'll find telling you to give up certain foods or food groups are trying to sell books and supplements.

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