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blueshift
2014-May-15, 11:42 PM
A trip to the doctor's office, a blood test and my symptoms suggest that thyroid issues are on me. Upper chest gets taught and the throat has had difficulties swallowing but only slight in the past. Many family members have throat problems so I attributed my symptoms to some condition I inherited.

It is mounting now and the frequency of slight headaches is increasing. After doing a workout I seem to get light headed enough to want to take a nap. What is weirder is that some of my workouts are better than ever until I stop. I am running further distances but am taking longer rests in between laps. Walk a lap then run a lap type thing. After meals I can have the feeling as well. I am tired but functioning. Yet it feels weird, like I am not all there. My heart checked out fine and the doctor is suspicious of thyroid issues but we must wait until the test results return to be sure.

Anyone here have this for an issue and what testing am I in for? Is Iodine something I should be adding to my diet? What a bummer but at least I think I am on the right track.

wd40
2014-May-16, 12:19 AM
If you are over 45, request that they also test for TSH, Testosterone, DHEA and Vitamin D.

These important tests are not usually done unless you request them.

blueshift
2014-May-16, 03:03 AM
If you are over 45, request that they also test for TSH, Testosterone, DHEA and Vitamin D.

These important tests are not usually done unless you request them.I know that Vitamin D is on the doctor's hit list but I am not too sure about the others. Thanks for your input. I took two iodine tablets tonight after heading over to Whole Foods and it has other supplements that are supposed to support the thyroid. The headache went away in two hours and I feel more energetic already. I think that is a good sign. The woman at the checkout told me her mother and neighbor both came down with it just today. She insisted not to worry and that it is manageable. That is uplifting to hear.

NEOWatcher
2014-May-16, 12:30 PM
I know that Vitamin D is on the doctor's hit list but I am not too sure about the others.
Vitamin D is primarily for the parathyroid rather than the thyroid.


Thanks for your input. I took two iodine tablets tonight after heading over to Whole Foods and it has other supplements that are supposed to support the thyroid.
Were they suggested? There are a number of thyroid issues. You may actually overstimulate it or cause it to go out of balance.

grant hutchison
2014-May-16, 02:53 PM
If you are over 45, request that they also test for TSH, Testosterone, DHEA and Vitamin D.

These important tests are not usually done unless you request them.TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone) is part of the routine thyroid work-up.
In your medical opinion, why would tests of male sex hormones and a fat-soluble vitamin be "important" in the case described? And why would you think that a doctor would choose not to request "important" tests? Or are you just suggesting some stuff you read on the internet?

Grant Hutchison

grant hutchison
2014-May-16, 02:59 PM
I know that Vitamin D is on the doctor's hit list but I am not too sure about the others. Thanks for your input. I took two iodine tablets tonight after heading over to Whole Foods and it has other supplements that are supposed to support the thyroid. The headache went away in two hours and I feel more energetic already. I think that is a good sign. The woman at the checkout told me her mother and neighbor both came down with it just today. She insisted not to worry and that it is manageable. That is uplifting to hear.Blueshift, there's no point in self-treatment until you know what you're dealing with. There simply isn't a dietary supplement that "supports the thyroid" in all its possible modes of failure. Hypothyroidism may be due to iodine deficiency, but usually isn't. There's no relationship between hyperthyroidism and dietary iodine.
Treatment of hypothyroidism usually involves taking an oral supplement of thyroid hormone. Treatment of hyperthyroidism can involve suppressant drugs and/or surgery.
There's also a distinct possibility that your symptoms have nothing to do with your thyroid, but you won't know that until the test results come back.

With regard to the headache and the energy levels ... I don't want to be negative, but that's an implausibly fast response for any kind of dietary supplement, which should take days to restore body stores of deficient minerals. These are also symptoms that are extremely placebo-responsive. So please don't let yourself be convinced you've identified the problem until you hear back from your doctor.

Grant Hutchison

starcanuck64
2014-May-16, 04:25 PM
My sister's thyroid issues have been quite serious in recent years and finding the proper medication regime has been a challenge. It's something you should definitely seek professional care for and seeing a specialist is probably the best course.

blueshift
2014-May-16, 07:05 PM
Thanks for all the inputs so far.

I have no plans of sticking with self cures here and I am sticking with the results from the lab and any further tests they do give me. If I did throw something out of balance for now, the temporary relief is not something I am taking to the bank. It is simply a holdover until I receive further information. . The taught feeling has not disappeared in upper chest/throat region and I am sure they need to look closer for things like nodules and give a more precise diagnosis. Vitamin D supplement is something medical lab tests in the past have insisted that I add to my diet along with more sodium. I just can't recall if that was supposed to be permanent. Apparently, it could have been - but I am not sure.

The doctor is supposed to return a call by the end of the day today.

blueshift
2014-May-16, 10:11 PM
Results are in. Blood test shows D3 deficiency, sodium deficiency and the doctor wants more iodine in my diet. Thyroid is not problem. The area within it is just reacting to the lack of sodium and D3. Other muscles are reacting as well. I was apparently supposed to stay on D3 permanently. So I have to take 5000 IU of D3 daily for three months and 1000 IU D3 daily thereafter for life.

grant hutchison
2014-May-17, 12:32 AM
Results are in. Blood test shows D3 deficiency, sodium deficiency and the doctor wants more iodine in my diet. Thyroid is not problem. The area within it is just reacting to the lack of sodium and D3. Other muscles are reacting as well. I was apparently supposed to stay on D3 permanently. So I have to take 5000 IU of D3 daily for three months and 1000 IU D3 daily thereafter for life.I take it you've already tried getting Vitamin D in the old-fashioned way, from food and sunlight?

Grant Hutchison

Solfe
2014-May-17, 12:35 AM
Basic testing of the thyroid isn't all that horrible. There is a pretty simple blood test. If something indicates a further check, sonograms might be the next step. Neither is terribly unpleasant. The sonogram obviously isn't painful at all, just don't wear a turtleneck. :) Sometimes they put "goop" on your neck, it is cold and sticky. Further testing is icky - biopsies stink and nuclear medicine for scans is really annoying because they feed you radioactive (a very small dose) iodine and for this to work, you need to have a very low iodine intake for a while. Finding food marked with iodine content in the states is crazy.

Glad to hear they found your issue and have a solution - feel better soon.

blueshift
2014-May-17, 05:48 PM
Basic testing of the thyroid isn't all that horrible. There is a pretty simple blood test. If something indicates a further check, sonograms might be the next step. Neither is terribly unpleasant. The sonogram obviously isn't painful at all, just don't wear a turtleneck. :) Sometimes they put "goop" on your neck, it is cold and sticky. Further testing is icky - biopsies stink and nuclear medicine for scans is really annoying because they feed you radioactive (a very small dose) iodine and for this to work, you need to have a very low iodine intake for a while. Finding food marked with iodine content in the states is crazy.

Glad to hear they found your issue and have a solution - feel better soon.Thanks for the information. The excess of Vitamin D can be really bad for a lot of people and last night my bowel did obstruct last night from taking so much as was prescribed. It hasn't hurt that much in a long time. My gut will do that anyway from the post surgical scar tissue issues I have from two surgeries on the small bowel. However, that usually occurs after eating too much and I didn't do that at all. The meal was small. I won't take any for a few days and then will go back on it but plan on letting the doctor know about it. Reducing down to the 1000 IU sounds more like the road to take but I will be waiting for input.

blueshift
2014-May-18, 01:12 AM
Found out today with another phone call that the D couldn't be the culprit - yet. It has to build up in the system to produce things like kidney stones and gut reactions. My obstruction likely had to do with something - some spice perhaps - having a gluten content.