Not taking my hypothyroidism medication. i want fix my hormones naturally

I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism right after I went off of the birth control pill. There is a connection between using the pill and hypothyroidism and some people have reversed their symptoms naturally. My natural hormones were very messed up after going off of the pill and so I'm just letting my body figure it out and providing it with good food, sleep and exercise. Is it normal to not go on these medicines against my doctor's advice? Has anyone else experienced something similar before?

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  • No, it's not normal. Please take your doctor's advice - believe it or not, they might know a little more about health than you do.

    You should definitely maintain good food, sleep, and exercise. But in addition to your prescribed medicine, not in place of it.

    Hope you get well soon :)

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  • Mine was 16, now it's 3. I did it with diet and meditation. No longer on synthroid

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    • What sort of diet did you follow?

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    • That's amazing! If it's not too much work, I would love to know more about your routine and try to inculcate some of them as well! Let me know if you have any advice for me <3

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  • Depends. Is your body producing sufficient thyroid hormones? What's your TSH?

    Manufactured thyroxine is simply a hormone replacement for a hormone your body cannot produce. It is generally a life time treatment.

    Unless you haven't reached the level of needing thyroxine yet. Idk but I'm not entirely sure that's an option.

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    • Thanks for your comment. My TSH has fluctuated from 8.1 to 11 in the past 3 months (it is 9.1 currently) - this is without the medication.

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      • Yeah, that's not good. That's your body telling you you need your meds. Thyroid function is essential.

        I went without mine for a little bit cos I was too lazy to fill the prescription and didn't think it would be a big deal. The result was a decrease in thyroid function. I got called to come in to the doctor's office ASAP, with him freaking out because my TSH was 174. Now I have to take 75 micrograms instead of 50 like when I started. The endo I worked for at the time couldn't believe I was still functioning with it that high. Don't be a retard like me.

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        • Wow. Kudos to you for being able to manage that! What are your TSH values now? I'm definitely considering going on the meds. But I just hate the fact that I'll be required to stay on them for the rest of my life. Also, hypothyroidism doesn't run in my family - which makes me wonder if certain lifestyle changes could help reverse my condition. Thanks for your insight though, it's much appreciated.

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          • No clue, I need to get them tested more regularly than I do :/

            Yeah, as far as I know, I'm the only one in my family with it, too. And the life time of pills sucks for sure.

            By all means, use diet and lifestyle changes (within reason and with research) to compliment your meds. If they make an improvement, maybe your dosage can be lowered? And if they don't, at least it's less likely to get worse. As you probably know, if it gets bad enough, they take that fucker out and then you're definitely on pills the rest of your life.

            My naturopath was actually the one who diagnosed my via iridology (which is far from an accurate diagnostic tool in my opinion, but hey, she was right.) Only my levels were between 4.5 and 4.9, so my GP said it wasn't the issue. Year or so later, I go to an endo for my PCOS and he diagnoses it...

            I tried some natural supplements. They worked ok for me, or at least weren't detrimental. I stopped taking them because it's fucking expensive. I'll try and remember what they were if you're interested.

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  • Doing a good diet is so important for hormones. I do a type of keto diet thats similar to the Mediterranean diet. People who eat a Mediterranean diet live longer than anyone on earth despite being poor. Look into it. I feel great now. Good mental clarity too.

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    • hey! that's great advice. I'll definitely look into it more. thank you :)

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  • Dang. I'm like looking through the info packet that came with my birth control and it says nothing about thyroid issues. Looks like I'm going to be talking to my gyno.

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    • Yea :\ The bcp really messed up my hormones, but there are many who don't suffer from any symptoms at all. There is a lot of information out there on how it depletes the body of essential nutrients and causes a bunch of other side-effects. I don't mean to scare you - I've known many people who have been able to easily reverse these conditions or haven't suffered from them at all, but I've been extremely unlucky on that front. It took me a while to realize that all the changes I was experiencing in my body and personality were primarily because of the synthetic hormones in the pill which weren't agreeing with my body. I suggest you read 'beyond the pill'... this book really helped me understand my relationship with the pill - just wish I'd found it sooner.

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