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Menopause and thyroid symptoms, where do I begin?

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 Posted 3/12/2012 9:58:03 AM
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After 20 years of taking birth control pills consistently (to combat menstrual migranes), my ObGyn suggested that I stop to check for menopause because I am 50. Immediately I felt the difference.  For about a week, I felt great, but then things changed rapidly...vaginal atrophy, hair loss, hot flashes, weight loss, insomnia, feeling jittery. I have no thyroid. After a year of being "stable" on Synthroid, blood work showed that I am needing to reduce by 25 mcg, and my estrogen is "0."  I am on Vagifem but I don't see much change. I had endometriosis prior to child bearing, and I thought I had finally reached a point in my life where things would improve. Boy! Was I wrong. There are many great supplements on this site. Where do I begin?
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My thyroid readings are low although my tsh is on the higher end.  Dr. put me on thyroid meds to bring up low thyroid.  What can I expect from this medication and is there a more natural substance LE offers?  My haid is coarse and I am very tired most of the time.  Eyesight also has gotten worse.  I am 66 years of age and healthy otherwise. Thank you.

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 Posted 6/20/2012 7:59:03 AM
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TSH rises when thryoid production declines.  What medications are you using?  Are you low in both T3 and T4? Although some nonhormonal supplements such as kelp may be helpful, most people who have been diagnosed with hypothyroidism (and not necessarily subclinical hypothyroidism) see significant improvement with thyroid hormones, although some do better with Armour Thyroid than with synthetic drugs such as Synthroid.  This also depends upon whether you need T3, T4 or both.  You might find this http://www.netwellness.uc.edu/question.cfm/24516.htm of interest. 

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 Posted 6/20/2012 8:27:32 AM
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Thyroid, you may know, is a hormone as is DHEA, estrogen (there are 3 different types of estrogen), testosterone, progesterone and cortisol.  The use of hormone therapy should be to BALANCE these hormones as each depletes with aging and each hormone depletes at different rates.  Hormone replacement therapy with bioidentical hormones not only helps with menopause symptoms, but improves all over quality of life and can help with well-being, strength, mood, protect bone, build bone, burn fat, build muscle, in addition to the well known hot flashes, sex drive, night sweats, etc.  It also clears the brain fog. Our bodies recognize bio-identical hormones as a hormone that is identical to what the body produces, ergo the term "bio-identical".  So when you use them, you are actually replenishing to the normal level of hormones your body used to make with something that your body sees as identical - therefore very few side effects and a huge amount of quality of life improvement!

The key word to this is "balance".  You need to go to a physician that has experience in this area and gives you lab testing before and during the balancing phase.  I get my labs done every six months and my doctor 'tweaks' the levels.  This is because the body is constantly changing and of course, your hormone levels change as well from aging and of course, stress.  I have been taking bio-identical hormones for 8 years now, and recommend them to anyone who would like to age as healthy as possible.  It can be a lot learning and work at first, but the benefits are worth it.
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To cmc: You MAY have sub clinical hypothyroid which is very common. There MAY be no need to take thyroid hormone but Iodoral 12.5mg/day MAY normalize your thyroid and help you feel better (you noticed the MAYs. pl get a good doc-very hard to find though). At 66 the best anti-aging treatment is naltrexone 4.5 mg at nite. This stuff is cheap, safe and near miraculous, but it is a Rx drug. Google LDN and change your life.
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i thought naltrexone was for people trying to quit drugs or alcohol?   Why good for anti-aging?
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Welcome to the Forums, nadia.

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