I do not trust TSH tests and want to TRY Armour after complete thyroid removal 20 years ago. After thyroid removal, my surgeon put me on Synthroid for 16 years and i felt super. Then my insurance plan dripped coverage of Synthroid and I was put on levothyroxine. Changed docs, who lowered my levothyroxine for one year (I gained weight, lost hair "all-over") I returned to previous doc and got levo increased and solved most problems. Reading reviews, I want to try a natural way with the hope of losing the gained weight while on the lower dose of levo. Best I ever felt was the post-surgery 16 years on Synthroid.
1 Jun 2013
Hi there and welcome to DC. You need an endocrinologist for sure and you must switch slowly to armour. The body utilizes more of it and more rapidly than the synthetics. Those tests are important, too, and you have to be monitored to check how you are reacting. They are a necesssary evil... unfortunately.
I wish you well and hope you will find some solace in reading such material as THYROID POWER... TEN STEPS TO BETTER HEALTH by Dr. Shames and his wife who is also an RN.
I took that book to my endocrinologist's office and we had the best and most informative interaction because I knew what questions to ask. This book really laid it all out for me in terms that any lay person could understand. It can be gotten through amazon for a couple of dollars.
All the best to you and don't hesitate to ask questions.
1 Jun 2013
Hello. I had just talked to my endocrinologist yesterday regarding armour thyroid. He says it works well for about 1 to 3% of the population because people who respond well to Synthroid or Levo will find no improvement with the Armour. He only prescribes Armour to those who did not respond well to the synthetics.
However, he had one major point. Pigs and cows ground up thyroids in a person is no more natural than the synthetics. People forget that we are neither cows or pigs. The chance of problems increase on the animal byproduct. If it works he prescribes. If it is no different he prefers the sterile synthetics over the unsterile animals. Your choice. My theory and he agreed with me, is if it ain't broke don't fix it. Something to consider with your experience. In the past he said he would not prescribe under almost any circumstances. I now understand better why he said that.
So I do know someone who does prescribe. Good luck in your search. K
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