Keeping Promises

I am painfully behind this week but with the Labor Day holiday weekend and a most welcome visit by our daughter and our grandson I can’t say time has been wasted. In fact, I can’t think of a weekend where I have felt the joy of life quite so much. Our family took this time to just relish the happiness and blessings we have been granted. I hope you and yours were able to do the same this end of summer Labor Day weekend.

The Ability to Forget That Which We Already Knew

When I last updated you on my thyroid news I was taking 50 mcg of T3 and I reported my temperatures were just about normal. What I conveniently forgot was something that Val, the moderator of two forums discussing thyroid resistance, said and has said all along. If you take progesterone it will artificially elevate your temperatures.

I remembered her words when I started checking my temperatures on the days I do not take progesterone. They were not normal they were low and they were low all day. As soon as I started my days of 200-400 mg of progesterone my temperatures would hop back up in the normal range or close to normal range. With that evidence of low functioning thyroid and with more than a little trepidation I increased my dose of T3 by 3.125 mcg (1/6th of a tablet) on July 11th.

By July 23rd I was at 62.5 mcg of T3 and currently I am taking 68.75 mcg of T3. This has its good and bad effects and I think it is harder on my adrenals, so I am staying at this dose or lowering until I feel less adrenal stress. I do have more energy and have even cycled 20 miles up and down hills with my spousal unit (talk about adrenal challenge). However, my heart has its moments at this dose and most of them occur at night. When I increased to the latest dose around the end of August I started waking up around 1:00 but going right back to sleep.

Realization Dawns

I didn’t actually attach the restless nights to anything in particular and my thinking, faulty as it was, was my sex hormones were out of whack again. Well, my hormones probably were a little out of whack but it most likely is my thyroid hormone that is not quite right. As recently as this past Saturday night I found myself up drinking that damn salt water that slows my rapidly beating heart. As I waited for my heartbeat to regulate I started reading my health diary and low and behold the restless nights resumed when I increased my dose of T3 in July.

Perhaps the increase was not entirely to blame but in general since increasing my dose I have become more wakeful around 1 a.m.-2 a.m. My more recent rapid heartbeat episodes (Friday and Saturday night) even forced me from my warm and comfy bed where next to me my slumbering spousal unit lay unperturbed. I can stand to wake up as long as I go right back to sleep but when forced from bed for an hour or two a solution must be found. Early Sunday morning, sometime between 2-4 a.m. the light dawned, I knew what I had to do.

I decided that last night I would try taking the same dose of T3 per day but not 25 mcg at bedtime, only 12.5 mcg and spread the rest out over a 24 hour period. It worked wonders last night but if it doesn’t continue to work I will lower my dose by 6.25 mcg and further if necessary. I don’t think 50 mcg was ideal but here is what is true, I was sleeping like I hadn’t slept in years and my irregular heartbeat had become only an occasional unpleasant occurrence instead of a daily event (I am still terribly superstitious about saying all is well). If my temps had just been more normal I would have been quite happy to stay at 50 mcg of T3.

Day to Day Business

Here is where I am as of today. I am taking 68.75 mcg of T3 with the last 12.5 mcg at lights out. Most nights I also take 3 mg of Melatonin (Superior Source brand). Twice a day I take a B complex and Alpha Lipoic Acid (300 mg) both by Metabolic Maintenance. I try to take 1000 mg of Krill oil twice a day, 200 mg of Premier Brand Magnesium Glycinate and of course Vitamin D (5000 mg-10,000 mg three times a week or I use my Sunsplash Renew three times a week for 10 minutes) and Vitamin A from Atlantic Cod liver oil. I also try to take up to 1 teaspoon of sea salt (Real salt or Himalayan salt as well) a day but I prefer to put the salt on my tongue and take a swallow of water to down it. I just have not grown fond of salted water.

I actually have a number of digestive aids that help with my sluggish gall bladder. I regularly take two Biotics Research Beta TCP tablets. On my morning quinoa or in a smoothie I include Apple Pectin powder. Less frequently I take Choline Bitartrate, Ox Bile, Betaine Hydrochloride with Pepsin, Probiotics and digestive enzymes. In fact, if my gall bladder does not trouble me I only take the Beta TCP.

I am finding diet to be the best control of my digestion. I am following but not adhering strictly to Debbie Graefer’s gall bladder diet. I eat lots of quinoa for protein and very little meat, red or white. Sadly I can eat very few eggs but occasionally sneak them in a gluten free pancake recipe I enjoy. I am juicing cucumbers, celery, beets and apples and spicing it up with fresh ginger taking sips throughout the day. For now fat of any kind is very limited but I do include some flax oil, a bit of olive oil, hemp oil and the fat in my real milk and kefir. Anything with wheat and its cousins are but distant memories but I am eating lots of fermented foods for the enzymes and probiotics. It sounds boring but it has led to some weight loss and for sure less gall bladder complaints.

Even with the increased dose of T3 my temperatures are not quite normal. They are better than they were but my basal is slightly lower than it should be at 97.6 and my daytime temps probably average 98.2 but I am not regularly taking my temperature anymore.  Also I do not have my eyebrows back although I can feel tiny hairs growing in and am most encouraged by that development.

Looking Toward the Future

As of today, here are my goals. I want to have normal temperatures with no more cold toes (yes, that is a goal) and I want my eyebrows back even if they are colorless. I would like a better functioning digestive system and my hope is with increased thyroid function my gall bladder, liver, and pancreas will also work better. To increase bodily function I am going to use Reiki and incorporate other more traditional medicine. I am finally ready to get regular exercise back in to my daily routine and plan on doing T-Tapp to restore my physical body.

Promises Kept

I promised to update my thyroid news this week, so consider yourselves updated. It seems to me, when you are trying to overcome thyroid resistance it takes time, lots of time, to tweak and get everything just right. That said, in the last year and a half I have made a lot of progress and I find that very encouraging. I can even look at my own problems now and try to find the answer.

I am just wondering how many people who read my blog, (who have thyroid resistance or other ongoing health issues) feel the same way. Does it seem to take a long time to get it all just right?  When I look back on the last few years and the progress I have made I find myself feeling really grateful for the internet and the information I have gleaned from my fellow human beings. You see, in my opinion, it is only with the sharing of knowledge and experience that we will eventually get it right.

Here’s to getting it right,

Kris

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6 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Josiah Page on 12:48 at Friday, August 30, 2013

    Kris,
    I’ve really benefited a lot reading about your T3 experiences. Following threads on RT3_T3 hasn’t been all that rewarding which is not to belittle the value of the advice that is so generously available there. Regarding the RT3_T3 group I’ve been debating with myself about the wisdom of depending on a Yahoo group as my only source of medical advice when dealing with a serious health matter that involves complex drug regimens. But after reading all the horror stories involving thyroid patients and clueless doctors I forgot my qualms; It does appear that I’m the only 50+ year old member of the group who isn’t post menopausal 🙂

    I’m awaiting cortisol lab results before I can consider or more accurately get permission to start clearing my RT3 baggage.

    I just got my shipment of Cynomel from south of the boarder, an experience not unlike receiving a present but not being allowed to open it, Let’s hope my adrenals aren’t too fatigued. I really want to get started.

    A question, how can you possibly increase your dose by 1/6 of a tablet? Do you dissolve you tablets in a fixed quantity of water and then titrate?

    Josiah

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    • Hi Josiah, You are right to doubt depending on the Yahoo group. They take breaks and then you are kind of set adrift. One thing you might want to do is join the Facebook group T3 only. Paul Robinson runs that group and he often helps folks who are struggling and if he doesn’t other people will offer their best advice. Also I found there were always people who were up at night with me or willing to email back and forth during the crisis times. Yes, there are some crisis times although I am guessing men get through it better than women because part of our problem is the lack of estrogen and other hormones.

      I do understand that you might find yourself being the only man in a sea of menopausal women. However, Nick was always the go-to guy on the RT3 group and Paul Robinson is obviously not menopausal. LOL

      You have to really be informed and willing to talk yourself through some bumps in the road and if you feel that is more than you can handle then finding a doctor who is knowledgeable is recommended. I will help when I can, so feel free to ask questions and perhaps if there is anyone else on T3 only they would chime in as well. Just be sure to use a thread that is already open or it won’t show up unless I approve it.

      As for dividing up the tablets you might need to get a pill splitter. Paul Robinson says he didn’t worry too much about it as he figured he eventually got the dose evened out. Also I think your fingernails work well but I have to admit I haven’t divided them in to sixths very much but probably should have.

      Good luck with the decision making process.

      Kris

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    • Okay Josiah, I looked at this entry and I can tell you I don’t take those supplements anymore (the ones that support my gall bladder). I swear to you that once I started with Dr. Lane, the MD/Homeopath, I didn’t need any more gall bladder support. I do take digestive enzymes sometimes but even those I have really cut back on. I did have a gall bladder ultrasound done and I had no stones nor any thickening of the walls but Dr. Lane said that doesn’t prove that I don’t have sludge, so my symptoms continued for awhile but they have been almost non-existent since I started with Dr. Lane. I do take supplements but mostly an activated form of all the B vitamins, CoQ10, Astaxanthin, selenium, Zinc and curcumin.

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  2. I am having the same difficulties locating the ‘correct’ cytomel dose in conjunction with balancing testosterone, progesterone and estriol. It’s an exhausting process for people, already low on energy, to go through. I am also a type 1 diabetic which is actually enough of a challenge on it’s own, but understanding how to regulate insulin is easy compared to the other hormones. I’m going to see a new doctor next month for assistance as I still feel my energy is sub-par. Just wanted to confirm your feelings that you’re not alone with the constant analyzing required to reach the seemingly always out of reach, balance.

    Cleo

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    • Cleo, I appreciate the affirmation. I feel like I am doing the right things, I just need a little help much like you. Thank goodness I am not fighting diabetes but you are not alone with that battle either. After all one autoimmune disease often seems to go hand in hand with others. Stay in touch and let me know how it goes with the new doctor. Where are you located? Don’t share if you are uncomfortable with that but it is always interesting to know where people are located especially if they find a good doc. There are several of us in my area that would love to find someone who really knows about thyroid including the RT3 issue.

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