My Personal Experiences

Eight and a Half Weeks on NDT

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Well well well..

Six weeks have past since I increased to 2 grains a day on NDT, and, going by Stop The Thyroid Madness protocols, I can raise this again if I feel I need to after 4-6 weeks. I’m not going to since I now feel almost completely better and 2 grains seems to be about right for me, based on the combination of symptoms and test results. 

It’s almost a miracle. 

My latest test results look good with TSH optimal , Free T4 optimal and Free T3 above range, which obviously needs to be fixed, but it’s a good start. My GP is exploring whether we lower the dosage slightly.

I did have over 20 symptoms whilst on Levothyroxine, but now on NDT, I just have one left – fatigue. As explained in previous posts, I do have adrenal dysfunction, though (often comes hand in hand with thyroid problems). It has improved, though. I can now walk home from work again, a 35-minute walk each way, and I no longer need to nap during the day. I do OK on 7 hours sleep. Sure, I could do with more, but I’m now functioning and my thyroid is having hardly any impact on my life and ability to do things.

It’s amazing. 

I have also noticed that I haven’t been ill for a while, and I hope it’s a sign that my immune system is starting to pick back up. For about four years now, I’ve been a really sickly person, pretty much always with some form of bug, cold or virus.

The itching on my legs did indeed stop, too, after a week or two.

So, I’m staying at 2 grains a day and I am planning to carry on working on supporting my adrenals. Then retest my Full Thyroid Function (to include TSH, Free T3 and Free T4) in about 6 weeks’ time. I’m hoping my free T3 will have came down to reflect that I’m on the mend.

My GP is monitoring me closely and working with me in this, and is very happy with my current progress.

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Can you believe how much progress we’ve already made?

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See also:Be Your Own Thyroid Advocate Book Girl Holding

The book Be Your Own Thyroid Advocate: When You’re Sick and Tired of Being Sick and Tiredwhich builds on this article in detail and covers how Rachel reclaimed her health with thyroid issues.

About Author

Rachel Hill is the highly ranked and multi-award winning thyroid patient advocate, writer, speaker and author behind The Invisible Hypothyroidism. Her thyroid advocacy work includes writing articles, authoring books, producing her Thyroid Family email newsletters and speaking on podcasts and at events about the many aspects thyroid disease affects and how to overcome these. She is well-recognised as a crucial and influential contributor to the thyroid community and has a large social media presence. Her bestselling books include "Be Your Own Thyroid Advocate" and "You, Me and Hypothyroidism".

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