My primary physician put me on Synthroid a number of years due to hypothyroidism. Would it be all-right for me to take a thyroid support supplement contating iodine, selenium, B vitamins, Zinc and several other minerals?
Hi SandyBe--- I was considering doing the same thing since I've been on Synthroid for many years and still have many signs of hypothyroid. I've since decided to go to a specialist in bio-identical hormones because there are some other signs I'm showing, such as Adrenal Fatigue. He stressed the importance of being very careful not to take too many supplements without keeping a close eye on the regular bloodwork panel for thyroid function. You want to be careful not to get too much Iodine, but the others that you mention seem okay to be taking. I would definitely check with your Dr. on the next visit, however, because there are many factors that can cause thyroid condition to continue or become worse despite bloodwork to the contrary. Its just one of those areas in which its difficult to tease apart all the variables of which hormone, medication, food, etc. is affecting which! Drs. really don't do much but mask the symptoms, which is why I'm so glad to have found this specialist to finally get to the bottom of my imbalance. Are you still having symptoms? Is that why you want to supplement the Synthroid? Also, be sure to get a FULL thyroid panel, showing T3, T4, TSH because I have to be on 2 thyroid meds. until I straighten this out! Good luck! Jillian
Dear Sandy. I would make sure to check with your physician. You will probably need to have your TSH checked (Thyroid Stimulating Hormone) and T3 T4 test done. If that is ok and it is ok with your doc I think it will be fine. You certainly don't want to go the other way and get hyperthyroid.
And Cetteferge, I wanted to comment on the bio identical hormone thing. I recently went to a specialist for these for the not so pleasant side effects of this peri menopause thing... yuk!!! But a few friends are on them and are having great results... so I think they can be great as long as you go to a reputable doc who has experience with them. I am waiting for my saliva test to come back. In the interim she put me on a baseline progesterone and estrogen called biestin... so the jury is still out but I am hopeful. Let's compare notes on how they are working. I have read many good articles on them... and have gotten all the Suzanne Sommers books. She has some very good info and is very knowledgeable on bio identicals. We shall see. Again, let's compare notes... nite nite... pup
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