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Two and a Half Weeks on NDT

Two and a Half Weeks on NDT
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I’ve now been on NDT for two and a half weeks, and feeling better. I raised it to 1.5 grains a day 10 days ago, and today, I feel ready to raise to 2 grains a day.  So I’m making that jump.

However, I have been concerned about this uncontrollable itching I’ve developed all over my legs. It’s been so bad I’ve scratched myself raw at night and it’s particularly bad when I first wake up in the morning or when I am warm. I wasn’t too sure if it was a problem with the tablets or a side effect, so I did some digging and found that Stop The Thyroid Madness mention it on their website and in their book, which I also have.

They say that when you first start on NDT and you’re raising it, it can uncover other issues or make pre-existing ones worse. Well, I have contact dermatitis and eczema so I guess it was aggravating it. After about a week, it has calmed down though, and I think it should go completely after this next raise to 2 grains a day. My GP understands the benefits of NDT to me and why Levothyroxine did not help. He tests a full thyroid panel regularly and is monitoring as we find the right dosage.

If your doctor won’t order full thyroid panel testing, then it’s worth knowing that you can order your own online. You can find testing options here and here.

I have noticed that my stamina and fatigue is somewhat better, and the aches, pains and joints stiffness have also improved. My itchy scalp, which I’ve had for a good few months, has thankfully stopped also.

So, I am going up to 2 grains a day, split in half – half in the morning and half in the afternoon. I am excited to be seeing some changes already. I don’t think I have far to go before I reach the right dosage for me.

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If you’re also on NDT medication, how long did it take you to find your optimal NDT dosage? Let me know below. 

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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, as well as being a founding board member for the American College of Thyroidology. She is well-recognised as a crucial and influential contributor to the thyroid community and has a large social media presence. Her books include "Be Your Own Thyroid Advocate" and "You, Me and Hypothyroidism".

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