May 16, 2012

Symptoms (Update)

At this time, I am continuing to do the Circadian T3 Method by taking 2 grains Natural Dessicated Thyroid (NDT) at 4:30 AM.  I am not taking any other doses of NDT.  

I have a LOT more symptoms right now.  I'm doing another 24 hour cortisol saliva test soon.  I just got my thyroid labs and my Free T4 is a little low, as well as my Reverse T3.  My ratio is 19.5, though, which is good.  I'm going to ask the doc about adding some T3 to the mix.
From what I've been reading lately in Paul Robinson's book Recovering with T3, particularly in Chapter 29, I think that some T3 would help me immensely. 

I am taking Rhodiola, Licorice, B6, B12, D3, Women's Equilibrium ( I posted earlier today about this), Vitamin C, sometimes a daily multi-vitamin, and magnesium daily. 

My blood pressure levels are normal but on the low side, as always.  Temperatures are around 97.something in the mornings, rising to below but close to 98.6.  Heart rate is in the 80's and 90's.

I went (nearly) gluten-free last Wednesday.

Symptoms (Update)

The following is a list of symptoms I have experienced while suffering from hypothyroidism, adrenal fatigue, low progesterone, endometriosis and PCOS.  Others thyroid patients have experienced these as well (see bottom of page).  

The symptoms highlighted in yellow (15) are still present but better than they were the last time I updated this list.
The symptoms highlighted in green (25) are totally gone, at this point.
The symptoms highlighted in red (26) are worse than the last time I updated this list; all of them are better than they were in January.

Symptoms that aren't highlighted (20) are the same.

  1. Teeth grinding
  2. Low appetite
  3. Hair loss (See here.)
  4. Itchy legs, hands and feet - not always at the same time
  5. “Hot" feet
  6. Dry skin
  7. Difficulty swallowing
  8. "Growing" pains
  9. Addicted to sugar and white carbs  Gone!
  10. Inflammation
  11. Easily winded, can’t catch breath, air-hunger
  12. Racing heart 
  13. Shaky
  14. Sore feet and calves, as after Charlie horse
  15. Insomnia
  16. light headedness 
  17. extreme fatigue  
  18. less stamina than others
  19. less energy than others
  20. long recovery period after any activity
  21. Difficulty waking up  
  22. needing caffeine to wake up in the morning  
  23. Sinking feeling in the afternoon/feeling at my worst in afternoon (about 1 PM) 
  24. needing caffeine and/or sugar to get through the afternoon
  25. Feeling better after 5 PM
  26. Suddenly feel extremely hungry, especially at night (this is associated with PMS for me)
  27. muscle weakness  Better, minimal.
  28. flu-like symptoms: sensitive skin, all-over body ache Minimal.
  29. inability to hold children for very long  Minimal.
  30. inability to stand on feet for long periods
  31. Low back pain (this is mostly associated with PMS for me now whereas before it was frequent) This was definitely due to my period this time
  32. Anxiety
  33. Nervousness
  34. Depression
  35. Fixation
  36. Easily stressed, not coping well with stress
  37. Defensive 
  38. Irritable, angry outbursts  
  39. chronic Low Grade Depression, developing into severe depression
  40. suicidal thoughts
  41. Exacerbated reactions to daily stress
  42. Taking days to recover from even minor stress
  43. Debilitating reaction to exercise or physical exertion
  44. Foggy-thinking, poor focus 
  45. Sweating 
  46. Hot flashes 
  47. Sensitive to bright lights  
  48. Dry eye
  49. Thinning outer eyebrows
  50. Thinning, crooked eye lashes
  51. broken/peeling fingernails
  52. dry skin
  53. worsening allergies
  54. internal itching of ears
  55. appetite swinging from no appetite to not being able to eat enough, associated with PMS This was definitely related to my period this time
  56. inability to lose weight
  57. easy weight gain
  58. failure to ovulate  I seem to be ovulating again.
  59. moody periods and ovulation 
  60. PMS (actually, PMDD)
  61. loose stools/diarrhea, particularly associated with menstruation but not limited to it
  62. low progesterone
  63. miscarriage
  64. excruciating pain during period (from endometriosis)
  65. carpal tunnel symptoms
  66. headache   I'm close to calling this gone - haven't had any in a while.
  67. unquenchable thirst & frequent drinking - definitely better
  68. frequent urination
  69. Irritable Bowel Symptom, including colitis
  70. nausea
  71. scalp ache
  72. hyper feeling, especially in the evening tired in the evening now, but I still have a bit of a hard time unwinding at bedtime
  73. jittery
  74. clumsy (drop things, bump into things)  Maybe this isn't thyroid related, as it is with some, and I'm just clumsy?  :o)
  75. confusion
  76. feeling dull
  77. dizziness