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I am already curvy, so I'm shooting for a Jayne Mansfield look!

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    hey Zen!

    Okay, I see from quickly looking at your blogs that you had your gall bladder removed , that you're on a low dose of Synthroid (50mcg) and have Hashimoto's (the most common cause of hypothyroid disease).

    Here's a checklist of things you might want to add to your diet to help with some of the issues you're having. These things have worked for me... no guarantee they will work for you, but at this point it can't hurt to try some of them out:

    1.Fish oil (carlson's lemon flavored) pourable oil. Put on salads ormix into yogurt. Zero fishy taste, but it needs to be refridgerated

    2. Krill oil I'm using Source Naturals which have no fishy taste or fishy burps. Can't vouch for other brands, as I haven't tried them. Both of these supplements are great sources of DHA and EPA, fatty acids that our bodies can't make and that are needed for the coating of our neurons. They help with mood.

    3. Calcium CITRATE (not carbonate) and magnesium (some form other than oxide). Why these forms? Cuz Calcium Carbonate binds, and Mag oxide isn't well absorbed. These two need to be taken no closer than 4 hours away from your thyroid meds. Magnesium is great for joint pain. You might want to run this past your doc, being as you are missing your gall bladder. Both my mom and sister have had theirs out, and there is an adjustment period whereby as they put it, "a river ran thru them". So if you are having problems with "too rapid transit" you might want to try Calcium Carbonate instead of Citrate.

    4. A multivitamin that doesn't have a 1000% of the RDA. Currently I'm taking Walmart's Equate brand. That should also have the RDa o selenium in it, which helps with thyroid antibodies.

    5. Vitamin D3... don't waste your time with D2. I discovered I was low in April, so I've been supplementing with an oil based form that contains 2,500 IU. I open one and put it under my tongue, open another and put it on my inner upper arm, and swallow one. Is it working? Dunno. I will have to see when I test again in a few months. I do know swallowing the tablet form did not, because I was taking 1000 IU a day and was still deficient.

    6. B12 dots, taken sublingually (under the tongue)

    I take a few other things, but they are for other conditions I have.

    Eat unprocessed foods. Take a look at my food journal for recommendations. I can't eat oatmeal, wheat, barley or rye, so you won't find those things on my food journal. But there's no reason you can't have them. Just make sure you're getting the whole grain version.

    Drink about 8 glasses of water a day... pay attention to your body. Sometimes when you are tired, your body needs water. Same with being hungry. Have a glass of water first and wait 20 minutes!

    Minimally 30 minutes a day.
    I have to um... sweat when I do mine, walking doesn't cut it for me anymore.

    Good luck... hope you can use some of this info!
    Let me know how you make out.
    : )
    3907 days ago
    Welcome to the Thyroid Community. Good luck on your weight loss journey.
    4016 days ago
  • v no profile image MAHJARUNNER
    Just checking in to see how you are doing. Any luck with your doctor?

    P.S. I love your Jayne Mansfield pic. It's nice to see someone picking a realistically figured role model. I mean, how did we go from Jayne and Marilyn to Twiggy, anyway?
    4370 days ago
  • v no profile image MAHJARUNNER
    Hey. Thanks for your posting on my page. Let's see if I can answer your questions. Sorry to hear that you've had trouble getting your Hashimoto's condition treated. I know this can be very frustrating. I do know that Hashimoto's has become a fairly common diagnosis among hypothyroid patients in the last 5+ years. They've done a lot more research and updated the guidelines for treatment (in 2003 I think). They now know that TSH levels should be 0.3 to 3.0 (versus the old guidelines of 1.0 to 5.5) and that people need to be tested for T4 and T3 levels because the TSH level alone isn't enough.

    People with Hashi's tend to have issues with their T4 and T3 levels fluctating, which means that they need different kinds of medicine, and in many cases (like mine), a full thyroid panel blood test is needed every few months to adjust the dosage. Your best bet is to get treated by an Endocronologist, not a General Practioner because they have more specialized knowledge. There are lots of Endo's out there, so finding one on your insurance plan / area shouldn't be an issue.

    As to living with Hashi's I can suggest that you check out the books by Mary Shomon and Richard Shames that will help you work with your doctor to identify your symptoms. This will help you talk to your doctor so that they can treat you by your symptoms and not just your blood levels (you'll note that above I showed the range of normal on TSH, well for example some people function better when their TSH is at 0.5 and others are better at 2.0, so a good doctor will work with you to find out what your optimal TSH number is and your optimal numbers for T4 and T3). Living Well With Hypothyroidism, Thyroid Diet, are some of the titles. You can find them at the library or in a bookstore such as Barnes & Noble. Mary Shomon also has a website that you can Google.

    Those books will also give you input on foods to avoid and vitamins that you will want to make sure you get enough of (i.e. limit soy, limit goitergenous foods like cauliflower, etc. and make sure you get enough iodine and selenium in your diet or thru a vitamin).

    Spark People also has a fantastic Thyroid Spark Team which I belong to and would suggest you look at joining.

    Please let me know if I can help you more. Take care!

    ! I was diagnosed with Hashimoto's about 15 years ago or so and no one would treat it. Now my thyroid is failing and I'm still having a hard time getting someone to treat me. Can I ask, how you were able to get a doctor to treat you for your Hashi's? Do you have any advice for someone new to treatment or trying to get treatment? I am at such a loss on what to do. You are truly a role model and I hope I can also work on my disorder and lose weight. Thanks!
    4405 days ago

    Comment edited on: 3/18/2008 1:01:07 PM
    Ya know, on our note there, I think I rightfully earned the title of "Setback Queen" I should change my name to SetbackSteph I tell ya! What helped me was posting on here, the support I received really kept my goals in check. I also cried, stomped my feet and came close to hurling my scale out the window on more than one occasion, lol! My whole weight loss has been a struggle. I lose weight really really slow, and just when I've dropped all of maybe 4 pounds after a month of eating under 1500 calories and exercising everyday, I'll lose nothing for a few weeks! Yeah! How's that for motivation????Honestly, I've been a quitter all my life, really the only thing I've stuck with was my marriage. I had just decided I was going to do this, and prove something to myself I guess. I just kept on plugging! Sure I had the occasional pick me up HUGE peanut butter and hot fudge sundae's here and there, but I'd just pick right back up where I left off. Again, due to the support on here. You'll do it too! If you need help, I'm an email away!
    4475 days ago
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