Earlier this year, I wrote a blog post of my attempts to improve my overall health in 2014. For me, with hypothyroidism, taking care of my thyroid is very important. I must take medication (I think of it more like a supplement) because my body doesn’t produce enough thyroid hormones. I’m still taking Synthroid 75mcg, and as of Feb. 1st, started taking 25mcg of Cytomel. A healthy thyroid produces both T4 and T3. The Synthroid medication is the T4 and the Cytomel is the T3. Again, in a healthy individual, the body converts T4 into T3 beautifully. For some reason, my body isn’t converting T4 (Synthroid) to T3 very well. I was within the lab range of “normal” for T3 but on the low end of normal. I was still experiencing hypothyroid symptoms despite having good TSH and T4 blood work for almost 2 years! Some of the symptoms I was still experiencing while on T4 (Synthroid) alone were: sluggishness, constipation (a slow metabolism), and irregular cycles. I’m happy to report that on the T3, I’ve noticed an increase in energy, I’m regular for the first time in years! and my cycles have improved.
Gluten free update: I suck. I tried. It’s sooo hard to be 100% gluten free. It becomes next to impossible to eat in other people’s homes and go out to dinner. I know this isn’t ideal, but I consider myself “gluten reduced” 🙂 In our home, we are 99% gluten free (need to make my own salad dressings). When out, I attempt to find gluten free options whenever possible. Otherwise, I do eat some gluten here and there and try not to fret over it.
Vitamin D: In January, I opted to have this tested even though it’s not covered by OHIP. It was $33. I’ve been taking 1,200IU of Vitamin D per day for the last 2 years. I wanted to see what my level was like. Much to my surprise, my vitamin D was flagged for being very low. I’ve since switched to liquid vitamin D instead of the pill form to see if that helps. Little fact: if your vitamin D is low, it can affect how your body converts T4 to T3!
I’m so grateful for an online thyroid community that have educated and encouraged me to be an advocate for my health. I wouldn’t be taking T3 if not for them, I wouldn’t have learned the connection between hypothyroidism and gluten sensitivity, as well as I wouldn’t have paid to have my vitamin D tested. I’m sharing my story of my road to health (starts with my thyroid) in the hopes that it may be helpful for someone, somewhere, at some point. I haven’t arrived health wise, but I’m doing my part. While I’m much thinner in 2014 thanks to clean eating weight loss in 2013, I’m on my way to helping my interior…one day at a time.
A reminder of how Hypothyroidism can cause a whole host of problems: