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Eight and a Half Weeks on NDT

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’ve decided I’m not going to since I now feel almost completely better and 2 grains seems to be about right for me.

It’s almost a miracle. 

My latest blood results also look good with TSH optimal , Free T4 optimal and Free T3 above range (pooling), which obviously needs to be fixed, but it’s a good start.

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 fatigue, though (often comes hand in hand with thyroid problems), and since my Free T3 is also high on my blood tests, signalling adrenal issues making the T3 ‘pool‘ in my blood and so not reach everywhere it needs to in my body, I suspect the fatigue is due to with this. 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 fixing my adrenals, with help from Stop The Thyroid Madness and Dr. Wilson’s book, Adrenal Fatigue. Find my book reviews here. 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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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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