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Please note that this is a document I have been compiling for YEARS. I've edited as I've gone along and you're probably going to find typos or blips where I forgot to change something. It's a work in progress and as soon as I get my Word working again, I will edit more and re-create the PDF. Until then, here's this:

My name is Julee Davis and I am a Hashimoto's Thyroiditis patient. Please read this entire document before you run out and buy anything! It may seem kind of scattered on one page, but the resolution may occur on another page.

Please note that I am a patient, just like most who will read this. After the things I went through, I got busy and LEARNED about my physical situation. I have spent literally YEARS and a bucket o’money on articles from NEJM, books, newsletters, testing supplements on myself. Some things contained herein might be deemed ‘controversial’ because they go against what a physician might advise. I hope that what I’ve compiled here is useful, but please understand that it is based on my own experiences. You will have to make decisions on what is right for you.

I didn’t know what to make of my extreme exhaustion. I was getting more and more tired, irritable and tired! No less than FIVE physicians told me that I was “getting older” and not one ran a thyroid test. Two of them ignored my anemia (at that point my hemoglobin was already under 10) & wanted to put me on cholesterol meds. OK, first, hypothyroidism causes anemia and a FALSE high cholesterol number in blood work. Second, your brain lives on cholesterol and third, I don’t believe that taking cholesterol meds are good for people at all. Stress causes heart attacks, just because some heart attack sufferers happened to have cholesterol in their veins does not mean the cholesterol CAUSED the heart attack. I need more than coincidental data on this subject. I quit seeing the physicians who suggested cholesterol meds. I knew something was wrong, but cholesterol most likely wasn’t it.

Late in 2003, my anemia was finally addressed – my hemoglobin count was under 8. Should be about 15. A Dr. put me on a big dose of iron and a patch to ‘regulate’ my periods. I trusted the Dr and I used the patch. It caused HORRIBLE headaches right away. I was on the patch one week and had a pulmonary embolism right before Thanksgiving. It would certainly have been big enough to kill me if I hadn’t been so anemic. I spent much of 2004 on Coumadin. I hated that drug and I hated getting stuck every week or every other week to check my levels and I hated the drug! Did I mention that I really didn’t like being on Coumadin? My GP wanted to keep me on it forever, but my pulmonologist said 6 months. I went with him and ignored the other guy. I’m still kicking……

In August of 2005, I was diagnosed as hypothyroid. My physician at the time put me on Synthroid and informed me that I would lose weight if I would just cut 500 calories a day out of my diet. I was only consuming between 1300 and 1500 calories a day! He also adjusted the dose every 6 weeks. It was as though he put me in a blender and it was pretty awful – had migraines too often & a few of them were bad enough I thought I was going to have a stroke. Yes this was the same guy who wanted to keep me on coumadin FOREVER. I changed to a new physician who specializes in endo in August of 2006. She is really good and kind and actually listens to me. I listen to her, too.

In January 2007, my Dr. checked for Hashimoto's Autoimmune Thyroiditis antibodies. As far as I can tell, the biggest difference in Hashimoto’s and Hypothyroiditis is that the undiagnosed Hashimoto’s patient is at a greater risk of developing more extreme disease states and other autoimmune disorders in addition to the Hashimoto’s. Also, part of the Hashimoto’s is the constant and sometimes extreme body and joint pain – no matter how much thyroid med you’re on, you hurt all the time. Much of my research will move in that direction, but it is still useful for the non-Hashimoto's hypothyroid patient.

As you know, the thyroid affects EVERY cell in the body, which means that it affects EVERY organ and EVERY system. If your thyroid is not producing enough, and you're not getting enough thyroid supplementation through your meds, nothing is working right. Not your brain, your eyes or any of your organs.

Hypothyroidism causes anemia and can cause false high cholesterol readings in your blood work. Even if you have a normal hemoglobin count, if your FERRITIN is low, you may still have many of the symptoms of anemia. FERRITIN is a protein that stores iron in your blood and can be tested for with a blood test.

During my anemic years, I had developed Picas and ate cocoa powder straight out of the box and had Tabasco sauce on EVERYTHING I ate (turns out, both were helping keep the water in my veins circulating better!). In August of ’06, my hemoglobin was 15 (normal), but my Ferritin was ZERO (I didn’t have the EXTREME picas listed above, but I still had odd food cravings, esp right before my period).

By August of ’07, ferritin was up to 24 and I was feeling so good – I thought I didn’t need to take so much iron anymore, so I cut back to 1 tablet per week (instead of 2 or 3 per day). OH that was so stupid. By December of ’07, my ferritin count had slid to 19 and my energy was sliding, too. My periods became very heavy again and they were very long, too.

Sometimes, my hands would ‘fall asleep’ and there were nights when it was so bad that it would wake me up. No, I was not sleeping in some new position – same old, same old. There were also times when I would just have my hands fall asleep and start tingling out of nowhere. There were also many days when I would have my hands and feet bloat up like they were balloons. My hands were the worst. I experimented on myself with the bloating – I drank a LOT of water (we’re talking a minimum of 80 ounces), I cut down on salt, cut out the salt and several other different combinations of foods, lack of foods, etc. to see what exactly was causing the bloating. I never could find any thing that alleviated this – the bloating finally went away about a year after starting on the Synthroid and it hasn’t returned.

The tingling seems to be something that Hashi’s have and B12 and magnesium help that a lot. My hands no longer tingle so badly. They still fall asleep occasionally if I am not mindful about certain positions for my hands and arms while sleeping.

By January ’08, my ferritin was rising again and my TSH levels were stable. I was able to work out with weights again and I have lost 16 pounds since 2/8/08 (I’m editing this the first week of June ’08).

Periods have lightened up and shortened as well. Better yet, NO PMS. That’s right, I said it. NO MORE PMS. Lucky me and lucky everyone else, as my husband has likened my bouts in times past as “The Three-Headed Monster that Ate Tucson”. LOL 

Not all Hashi/hypothyroid patients convert T4 to T3, T2 & T1. Synthroid is ONLY T4. Armour contains T4, T3 and many other items. I was on Synthroid for over 2 years and still had brain fog. In May of 2007, I talked my Dr. in to adding Cytomel (a T3) to my regimen. My dose went from 150mcg of Synthroid/day to 100mcg of Synthroid a day plus 12.5 mcg of Cytomel per day. In ten days, my BRAIN FOG was GONE. Totally Gone! I can't even begin to tell you how my life has changed since that appointment. I only had ONE migraine headache in 2007 and had on in 2008.

I realized I needed to be my own best friend and I started reading up on things.

I have read quite a lot and the authors who are making the most sense (to me) are Mary J. Shomon, Dr. David Brownstein, Dr. Murray
othyroidism.asp , as well as several other physicians who practice holistically, complementary and integratively.

Mary J. Shomon has written extensively on hypothyroidism. I've got two of her books "Living Well with Hypothyroidism" and "The Thyroid Diet". Her website is and she has a regular and very informative section on hypothyroidism on About dot com. That link is . While Mary does follow in line with AMA's standing on iodine (i.e., that we're all getting plenty in our iodized salt) and I disagree with that particular point, she does have a lot of good information in her books, including information on supplements that help the hypothyroid patient. She made a list of the many supplements that were recommended to her as a hypothyroid patient and she tried them. She then indicated in her book which ones actually helped her and which ones she would recommend not spending the money on. Some of these paragraphs come right out of Mary’s Book, some are from other articles I’ve read, and a few are my own experience and have not specifically been recommended for either Hashimoto’s or Hypothyroidism.

Vitamin A - A deficiency in A may limit the body's ability to produce thyroid hormone.

Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin) A shortage of b2 can depress endocrine function, esp the thyroid and adrenals.

Vitamin B3 (niacin) - b3 keeps cells working by aiding in respiration and delivery to the cells.

Vitamin B5 – (Pantothenic acid) B5 plays a role in the synthesis of hemoglobin, steroid hormones, neurotransmitters, and lipids. It is the most important component of coenzyme A, which assists in several metabolic pathways and is necessary for the transfer of fats to and from cells. My B5 supplement has 100mg of B5 plus some calcium in it. I have been taking two Panthothenic Acid capsules before bed with my
5-HTP and my sleep patterns have improved DRAMATICALLY – I sleep all night again.
As of December 08 - I haven't been taking 5HTP at all for over 2 months and am sleeping even better. The Iodoral has helped regulate my rhythms completely and I do not need the 5-HTP anymore. One of the side effects of 5-HTP - it suppressed the libido.
I DO still take the Pantothenic acid along with Magnesium about 2 hours before bed.

Vitamin B6 (pyridoxine) - b6 helps convert iodine to thyroid hormone

Vitamin B12 (cyanocobalamin, methylcobalamin) - hypothyroidism makes us less able to absorb sufficient vitamin b12 from diets. Some experts believe we should be getting 1000 to 5000 mcg per day, even via injection when possible. Sublingual b12 is a more effective form of delivery than other b12 supplements. I found B12 dots at iherb dot com for ½ of what the health food stores charge. One or two of these little gizmos under your tongue can make a HUGE difference in your day – it clears your head for a while and gives you some energy. I usually only take 1,000mcg/day now, but before the Cytomel being added to my regimen, I took as much as 3,000 – 4,000 mcg per day on a regular basis.

CALCIUM - More than once, I tried taking a calcium supplement. Every time I took something (and I tried MANY), I would get tired and lethargic again. About 2 weeks after I would quit the calcium, my energy would pick back up. For me, it didn't seem to matter what time of day I took it. I decided I'd rather be here today than live forever in a stupor, so I quit calcium supplementation altogether and I track my calcium in my nutrition tracker. I try to get 100 to 150 per day. Also, I lift weights to help increase bone density.

Vitamin C - Many experts recommend that you add several grams - 2000 to 5000 mg - of vitamin c each day. You can use capsules or powdered forms of C. A particular favorite of mine is various flavored drink mixes known as Emer'gen-C. Very low in calories and sugar, but very flavorful. I particularly like raspberry, cranberry, and tangerine. Each envelope makes one drink and the drink has a bit of fizz to it so it functions like a soda. But it is packed with 1 gram (1000mg) of vitamin C as well as b6, b12, potassium and a variety of other useful vitamins. C also helps you absorb iron if you take extra iron. I take about 2,000mg per day on average, both with a direct supplement of C, but also in other supplements containing C.

Vitamin D - Vitamin D appears to be necessary in order for the pituitary glad to produce thyroid hormone, and may play a roll in T3 binding to it's receptor. Vit D is part of the necessary supporting apparatus that enables the deiodinase enzyme to convert T4 (inactive thyroid hormone) to T3 (the active type). It is also thought that D is necessary for a healthy immune system function.

Vitamin E - vitamin e is an essential antioxidant, and it also can help with immune function.

IODINE – Many believe that Americans are short on Iodine. Without iodine, the body cannot make thyroid hormones! That seems to be the function of iodine. Indeed, if you take a bottle of iodine and paint a circle on the inside of your arm (can't use colorless) or another inconspicuous place and the circle doesn't last 24 hours, you're probably iodine deficient. My first iodine circle lasted about 2 hours. There are many, including Mary Shomon who don’t believe the iodine patch test has any validity, but do you remember having iodine put on a cut when you were a kid? It seemed to last FOREVER.

Japanese people ingest an average of 14 mg of iodine per day and they are generally a very healthy people.

Even if you’re eating the equivalent of a tablespoon of iodized salt per day, you’re not even getting a mg of iodine, there hasn’t been any research done on iodine since the 40’s and the RDA is not a real value, it’s just enough to keep folks from getting goiters, not a real amount that someone figured out the body actually needed to function optimally.

Taking iodine may make your numbers come back lower and cause the Dr. to lower your meds - if you're feeling really good, quit taking the iodine a week or so before the blood draw so that your TSH levels won't be low enough to make them lower your dose.

I have read Dr. Brownstein's book "Iodine, Why You Need it, Why You Can't Live Without It" He recommends and I now take Iodoral tablets. Dr Brownstein says that 15mg is the MINIMUM amount needed for OPTIMAL health.

December 2008: I have been taking Iodoral since my Mammo scare in late August 08. I've been journaling my progress and changes. Here are my findings:

Far and away, iodine has been the biggest boon to my health in ages.

I was taking iodine for some time, but in low doses. As I read Dr. Brownstein's book, I increased my dose. After my mammo scare in August, I upped my dosage to the 50 mg suggested for detoxing from bromine and fluoride.

I've also been testing things on my own body.

First of all, my tinnitus has all but GONE AWAY. I've had tinnitus since my early teens. Personally, I always wondered if my tinnitus was part of my hypo/hashi, and there's still no way to prove anything one way or another, but it's mostly gone now. After my ears literally ROARING for decades.

In an effort to see just how much the Iodoral does, I have skipped my synthroid for some days. Before the Iodoral, I would feel it for 3 or so days after skipping ONE dose. Now, I don't feel it at all - even if I skip three in a row (3 is the most I've skipped). I take my cytomel ONLY when I feel like I need it now - that works out to about 2 or 3 times per week.

I take my iodine in the morning with L-Tyrosine.
I have gone with only doing light exercise for weeks at a time. I allowed my intake to go up to 1800 calories on average. Now, before the iodine, if I had done this, it would have resulted in at least 2 pounds gained per week. These days, no gain. No loss, but no gain. I've taken a few weeks wherein I worked out light- to moderately. I lost about 1 lb those weeks - even with my intake up at 1800.

(I have to note here that I haven't been able to eat 1800 calories a day without very grave consequences in YEARS - no matter how hard I was working out)

One week, I took my intake down to 1500 and worked out really hard like I like to - I did not, however, do more than 60 minutes per day. I mixed it up pretty well with weights and cardio. I lost THREE pounds in that week. I haven't lost 3 pounds in a week in YEARS - no matter how hard I worked and starved. The second time I did this same thing, I lost 2.4 lbs.

My joint pain is becoming a distant memory most times. I still have pain now and then, but it is no more than normal stuff these days. I haven't taken cherry before going to bed in order to pre-empt a night pain episode in a long, long time.

Not to be gross, but I haven't EVER had a time in my life where I had a BM every day without using some kind of laxative or fiber (that right there pretty much IS your metabolism!). Now, I NEVER use anything and I go every single day without a problem. I believe this is proof that the iodine has boosted my metabolism.

I also don't appear to puff up physically when I eat carbs at all. But I still don't 'carb out' on pasta or stuff like that.

I wanted to take more than just a couple of months to test all this out so I could do each trial at least twice.

Twice now, I've lost more than 2 lbs in a week when working out fairly hard (but not as hard as I had to work in March and April to get my ONE pound per week).

More than twice, I've taken at least two weeks without any exercise to very light exercise and ate and not gained weight.

I sleep better and deeper than in years. I do not take 5HTP to help me sleep anymore.

I've skipped medications repeatedly without losing my energy, I haven't had brain fog in so long now I don't know what it is anymore.

I frequently skip many of the supplements that I previously thought I couldn't live without.
When I go walking with the kids, I put a 10lb weighted vest on and 5lb weights on each ankle and I am not wishing the walk was over after only 5 minutes. I have done Jari Love's Ripped & Chiseled and have kept up completely - no quitting after 40 minutes - and I used 5lb weights all through. Did 50 pushups the last time and my max previously was 35.

I have noticed that when I've lowered my iodoral dose by half, I start feeling tired by the 2nd or 3rd day. However, I haven't tried to lower my dose in over a month. I want to give it a little more time.

Next month, I am going to begin a pretty intense weight lifting regimen. It is a 15 week routine and I will certainly be happy to keep you posted on progress during that.

Iodoral is available from

DO NOT buy bladderwrack or Kelp products to obtain iodine. You don’t know if the kelp beds are clean or polluted and you don’t want to take a chance on getting poisoned by accident. Seriously.

Iron – Because Hypos are often anemic, they may need to supplement with Iron. If you do take Iron or Iron-containing multivitamins, DO NOT take them within 6 hours of taking your Thyroid meds because the iron can interfere with your aborption of your meds. I take Ferrous Gluconate because it seems to be easier on my stomach. When I do, I also take at least 500 mg of Vitamin C to help my body absorb the iron. Taking the C with the iron also helps alleviate some of the stomach discomfort.

Selenium - Perhaps the most important mineral for thyroid function is selenium. Selenium activates an enzyme - hepatic type I iodothyronine deiodinase - that is responsible for controlling thyroid function by the conversion of T4 to T3. This enzyme is a selenoprotein that is sensitive to selenium deficiency. Stress and injury appear to make the body particularly selenium-deficient. After severe injury, the conversion of T4 to T3 is decreased, leading to low T3 syndrome. Another research study found that selenium levels are low after trauma, which correlates to low T3 levels, along with a decrease in T4 to T3 conversion.

A 1997 study found that high intake of iodine – when selenium is deficient – could trigger thyroid damage. But sufficient intake of selenium appeared to offset the dangers of high iodine intake.

Some researchers and practitioners are beginning to believe that selenium deficiency alone can trigger autoimmune thyroid disease in some people. One study published in 2002 showed that in areas with severe selenium deficiency, there is a higher incidence of autoimmune thyroiditis. People with thyroid antibodies received 200 mcg of selenium supplementation over 3 months, and at the end of the test period, antibody levels had decreased by as much as 40 to 63 percent, and a small percentage of patients in the selenium-treated group had antibody levels that completely returned to normal. The researchers concluded that selenium supplementation may reduce inflammation in patients with autoimmune thyroiditis.
“German researchers have found that in areas with severe selenium deficiency, there is a higher incidence of thyroiditis due to a reduction in the activity of selenium-dependent glutathione peroxidase in thyroid cells. Selenium-dependent enzymes also have a number of effects on the immune system, and selenium deficiency can contribute to the development and continuation of autoimmune thyroid diseases. In the study, patients received 200 micrograms of sodium selenite supplements over three months. Thyroid antibody levels decreased by as much as 40 to 63%, and a small percentage of patients in the selenium-treated group had antibody levels that completely returned to normal. The researchers concluded that selenium supplementation may reduce inflammation in patients with autoimmune thyroiditis. Source: The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, Vol. 87, No. 4 1490-1498”

Experts recommend 200 mcg of selenium a day, but caution that selenium is one of those supplements where more is not better. Overdosage on selenium can be harmful, so keep your intake to 200-400mcg, maximum.

I usually take one 250mcg capsule of sodium selenite per day, but if I take more of the iodine-containing Thyroid Formula (mentioned above) or the Iodoral iodine supplement, I take another 100mcg of Selenium.

Zinc – zinc is needed by the thyroid for both hormone production and T4 to T3 conversion. Zinc is also necessary for proper hypothalamic functioning, an essential part of thyroid function and it’s supportive of the immune system.

Copper – when you are taking zinc, you also need to make sure you balance it out with a small amount of additional copper.

****If you take calcium supplements, they also interfere with the absorption of your thyroid meds, so take those 6 to 8 hours away from your thyroid meds.

Magnesium – Magnesium is an essential mineral that is often deficient in thyroid patients. It helps maintain normal muscle and nerve function, keeps heart rhythm steady, and bones strong. It is also involved in energy metabolism. If you aren’t getting enough magnesium, you may have more muscle cramps and pain than usual, tingling, numbness, and abnormal heart rhythms – all symptoms that are more common in thyroid patients.

L-tyrosine – Tyrosine is considered the precursor to the T4 thyroid hormone. The thyroid takes in iodine and combines that iodine with the amino acid tyrosine, converting iodine/tyrosine combination into T3 and T4. So a deficiency in tyrosine means that a basic building block of good thyroid function is missing.

Essential Fatty Acids – Essential Fatty Acids are critical for thyroid patients. Many practitioners recommend essential fatty acids to reduce inflammation – particularly important in autoimmune-triggered hypothyroidism. You’ll need to get a good mix of omega-3 and omega-5 acids.

I have found that Cod Liver Oil capsules work really nicely for me.

Evening Primrose Oil – You may also want to add some additional evening primrose oil, an essential fatty acid that contains linoleic acid. Some practitioners and patients find it can be particularly helpful with hair and skin related symptoms of hypothyroidism.

I take these sporadically – I wish I were more consistent so that I could tell you if they make a difference to me. I probably realistically get these in at less than once per month. My hair and skin have perked back up, though, so maybe the other stuff I take covers it.

5-HTP – 5-HTP naturally stimulates production of serotonin. As much as 400 mg per night is recommended. This supplement also decreases the appetite in my opinion. I take 50mg capsules, 2 to 4 per night along with my Pantothenic Acid. I no longer sleep in blocks of 2 or 3 hours – as of May ’08, I am sleeping for the entire night again! WOOHOO!
As of December 08 - I haven't been taking this at all for over 2 months and am sleeping even better. The Iodoral has helped regulate my rhythms completely and I do not need the 5-HTP anymore. One of the side effects of 5-HTP - it suppressed the libido.

DHEA – DHEA is a precursor to almost all the other adrenal hormones, low DHEA levels can often signal adrenal fatigue. If you can get your doc to test you for it, you can choose an adequate dose. I could not, so I take a 10mg capsule every other day. I believe that this one has helped bring back my stamina and strength.

L-Glutamine – Amino Acid that protects Muscle Tissue and supports Immune function. I take one 750mg capsule daily.

Taurine – Amino Acid that helps keeps your physical energy up and boosts the Central Nervous System. As an antioxidant, taurine is used to quench hypochlorite secreted by leukocyte immune cells. Taurine also aids in osmoregulation (maintenance of proper concentrations of ions) inside the cell. Taurine's other biological functions include cellular growth, membrane stabilization, sperm motility, bile acid conjuction and neurotransmission. Taurine may also benefit athletic performance as it acts as an insulin mimetic, thereby allowing for better glucose deposition into muscles. If you’ve ever had a Red Bull drink and felt great after, this is why. TAURINE! Daily, I take 2 capsules that contain 500mg of Taurine and 10mg of B6 each.

Multivitamins – Everyone should take a strong multivitamin with minerals each day. This is an essential starting point. According to Drs. Richard and Karilee Shames, this should be a high-quality multivitamin, such as can be purchased from reputable health food stores, as opposed to some of the larger national drug store brands. Grocery and drug store brands don’t typically have the potency of bioavailability that thyroid sufferers need.

B Complex for stress – I have been taking a BComplex because we had it available when I began my research. However, I have learned so much about the Bs, I still take one B Complex, but have added other B’s and intend to obtain still other single B’s in the future because B Complexes do not always contain ALL of the Bs and the one I currently have certainly does not.

Herbs – A review of various sources regarding herbal remedies shows that many different herbs are recommended for thyroid treatments. Here are some of the herbs and supplements that may be helpful:

Siberian Ginseng
Fo-ti root (Ho Shou Wu)
Bayberry Bark
Saw palmetto berry
Black Cohosh root
Oak, white, bark
Withania somiferal (Ashwagandha)
Schizandra berry
Motherwort flowering tops
Iris (blue flag root)
Poke root
Guggul/commiphora mukul
Ginkgo Biloba
Coleus root
Lemon balm

I have tried the Guggul and so far, it seems to make me feel better daily. I take 1 capsule daily.

Guggul Z-Guggulsterone – known as guggul – is derived from the plant commiphora mukul and has been used in Ayurvedic medicine as an anti-inflammatory, antiobesity, thyroid-stimulating, and cholesterol-lowering agent. Guggul is considered particularly important for prevention of a sluggish metabolism, and studies have shown that z-guggulsterone has the ability to increase the thyroid’s ability to take up the enzymes it needs for effective hormone conversion. It also increases the oxygen uptake in muscles. Some find guggul over-stimulating, so be careful.

Ashwagandha has been used in the Indian tradition of Ayurveda to improve musculoskeletal function and as a tonic to improve overall health. Experimental studies demonstrate that Ashwagandha is an antioxidant that supports joint mobility and resistance to fatigue. I’ve been taking one Ashwaganda capsule per day in the early afternoon and it seems to help me through that afternoon dip in energy that I have sometimes. Will add to this as my trials and tests with this one continue.

I do intend to try some of these other herbs. So far, though, I haven’t. Honestly, I do feel SO MUCH better right now, that these other herbs are not at the top of my list right now. So, if you have gotten this far and you DO try any of these that I haven’t, please email me and let me know how you did.

I did make an interesting discovery serendipitously. I ate about 30 cherries one evening for my dessert. At about the 12th cherry, I suddenly realized that I was awesomely pain-free. Almost euphorically so. That’s why I ate 30 of them. I went and did some research and found out that cherries are a wonderful pain killer.

I have gotten some cherry extract from IHerb and I use it in addition to ibuprofen for pain management.

MSM – this helps rebuild and strengthen the connective tissues in the body. I take it daily.

Collagen – another connective tissue darling – also take it daily.

My knees don’t hurt much at all anymore and they used to almost throb pretty much all the time. I believe the two supplements above have done a lot for this.

Now, I know that exercise is a dirty, filthy word, but you NEED IT. Having some muscle on your frame helps the hypothyroid patient in many ways. First, having muscle instead of fat helps speed up the metabolism – a pound of muscle burns more calories than a pound of fat. The muscle will also help the hypothyroid patient “winter over”. Many hypos tend to slow down in the winter and if their physicians do not allow them to up their dose of thyroid meds during these months, EVERYTHING slows down.

60 minutes a day of some form of exercise is the declared “minimum” for the hypothyroid patient. I started at 20 minutes and worked up. Some days I get 70 minutes. I try to do something every day. I have to admit that the days I actually break a sweat for a few minutes I have a better general outlook and I feel better physically.

As I edit as of May, 2008, I notice that as I build more muscle, much of my chronic joint pain dissipates. I did go undiagnosed and untreated for at least 10 years, though, and I lost all muscle mass during that time. I use workout DVDs so that I don’t have to keep track of the exercises (give my brain a break!) and also, watching someone else working out while I am helps me focus on the workout and not the pain I might be experiencing during the workout. Email me if you’d like more info on the working out – it DOES improve your life!

I know this is long, but I sincerely hope that it helps you at least a little.


Edited by: _JULEE_ at: 1/3/2009 (11:21)
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