Hypothyroidism

Hypothyroidism Treatment Options

What are your options once you have a formal diagnosis ? My goal with this post is to offer information on what is out there and again include a little of my personal experience.

Treatments

Traditional medical treatments for Hypothyroidism are limited as well. The most commonly recommended treatment is to begin a hormone replacement regimen to alleviate symptoms. Surgical intervention is an option but is rarely recommended. Hormone replacement therapy for Hypothyroidism is a treatment that is a life long situation and must be sustained.

Medications

Synthetic thyroid hormone Synthroid (Levothyroxine) is the most commonly recommended hormone replacement out there. There is also a medication called Armour Thyroid or Nature-Throid which is derived from desiccated pig’s thyroid gland. This is a more natural alternative to the synthetic hormone. In my experience my doctor wouldn’t even discuss the more natural option. I’m not quite sure why that is and in retrospect, I should have questioned that at the time.
Levothyroxine 175mcg

Synthroid comes in dosages from 30mcg to 300mcg and is the synthetic compound of T4. It is bio-identical to what your body naturally produces. Synthroid should be taken on an empty stomach first thing in the morning 30 min to an hour prior to eating. For me I take it about 2 hours before I eat because I wasn’t absorbing it as well in the 30 min to an hour time frame. You should be having regular lab testing to make sure that the dosage you are taking keeps you within normal limits.

Armour is measured in grains, a 1/4 grain is the equivalent of 9.5 MG of T4 and 2.25 MG of T3. It comes in dosages from 15 MG to 300MG. Armour is not bio-identical to the hormones your body produces naturally. I don’t have any personal experience with this particular medication, but I hope to transition to this option soon. Similar to Synthroid, Armour should be taken on an empty stomach first thing in the morning 30 min to an hour prior to eating. You should be having regular lab testing to ensure that the dosage you are taking is keeping you within normal limits.

Surgical Intervention

Again surgical intervention for Hypothyroidism is rarely recommended unless you have
  1. A nodule that might be cancerous
  2. You have a thyroid cancer diagnosis
  3. You have a nodule or goiter that is causing compression of the trachea, difficulty swallowing, or a visible mass

 

Conclusion

A diagnosis such as hypothyroidism also requires that you do your due diligence on what options available to you for your particular situation. We all may have a diagnosis that is similar, but your experience won’t be like mine and vice versa. What works for me may not work for you.
What truly matters is that you are informed and know that you are the ultimate decision maker in your life and you owe it to yourself to make the choices that reflect the life that you want for yourself. This journey isn’t easy, but it’s so worth it once you experience what it’s like to feel good again.

I hope that you found this post to be informative, maybe helpful in some way. Please feel free to leave comments or feedback on this post or if there is anything you want to see in future posts.

 

 

 

 

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