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#1 GOLGO13


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Posted 08 January 2019 - 11:32 PM

One thing I've noticed for me is, stress causes me to go lower thyroid. For example, I just had my in-laws in town and the stress of that has caused me to go low. I've noticed this a lot in the past, and in the past I was really having trouble handling stress. But recently I'm doing much better handling stress. However, it still is impacting me.


My question is, does this point to a deficiency in something like magnesium? Or is it just a symptom of hashimotos?


Stress is what I believe pushed my hypothyroism over the edge. I probably had a low thyroid without knowing it for a long time before my diagnosis. But I had a ton of stressors in 2017 which led up to me having serious physical issues which ultimately led to me being diagnosed.


I had the following in order:

Looking for work as 40% of it was cut

Interviewing for positions (same company)

Friend committed suicide, and sent email before hand which created an active shooter scare (this affected me the most)

Moved to a new location for work

unexpected pregnancy (my wife and I are 41)

Wife fell in shower while pregnant and dislocated kneecap

Wife had problems right after the birth, lost a lot of blood which was really scary. But they eventually gave her blood and she was fine

Had an eye hemmerage


Then I was diagnosed with a 71 TSH.


So I believe stress was a major cause of advancing my hashimotos quickly.


Any thoughts on what not handling stress...or it causing low thyroid? I believe it causes conversion issues and increase in RT3.



Original: TSH 71 TPO 1980

Levo 100 (March 2018): TSH 1.02 (range .5-4.5)....FT4 1.65 (range .82 to 1.77).

Levo 100 (April 2018): Felt terrible TSH .68

Levo 88 (May 29 2018): Felt better but low energy TSH 3.010 (.450-4.5)|Free T3 2.8 (2.0-4.4 pg/ml)| Free T4 1.50 (.82-1.77ng/dl) TPO 226

Levo 91 (equivalent) (July 16 2018): Felt sort of OK TSH 4.470 (.450-4.50)|Free T3 2.6 (2.0-4.4 pg/ml)| Free T4 1.44 (.82-1.77 ng/dl)|TPO 181

94 (half 88 and half 100) Best I have felt so far TSH 3.671 uIU/mL (0.350 - 5.000)| Free T4 1.14 ng/dL (0.70 - 1.25)| Free T3 2.2 pg/ml (1.7-3.7)

94 generic (Dec 2018) TSH

94 Synthroid (Feb 2019)Name Brand 6 days a week and 100 Sythroid one day a week TSH 4.829 uIU/mL (0.350 - 5.000 uIU/mL)| FT4 1.01 ng/dL (0.70 - 1.25 ng/dL)|FT3 2.6 pg/mL(1.7 - 3.7 pg/mL)

94 Synthroid (April 2019) 5 days a week, 100 twice a week TSH 2.763 uIU/mL (0.350 - 5.000 uIU/mL)| FT4 1.08 ng/dL (0.70 - 1.25 ng/dL)|FT3 2.5 pg/mL(1.7 - 3.7 pg/mL)

94 Synthroid (June 2019) 4 days a week, 100 3 days a week TSH 2.889 uIU/mL 0.350 - 5.000 uIU/mL| FT4 1.15 ng/dL 0.70 - 1.25 ng/dL|FT3  2.7 pg/mL 1.7 - 3.7 pg/mL

94 Synthroid (July 2019) 2 days a week, 100 5 days a week TSH 3.931 0.350 - 5.000 uIU/mL| FT4 1.07 ng/dL 0.70 - 1.25 ng/dL| FT3 2.4  pg/mL 1.7 - 3.7 pg/mL

100 Synthroid (Oct 2019) 7 days a week, 50 once a week TSH 2.479 0.350-5.000 uIU/mL| FT4 1.06 ng/dL 0.70 - 1.25 ng/d

100 Synthroid daily Synthroid 50 once a week TSH TSH 2.874 range .350 to 5 | T3 free 2.5 pg/ml range 1.7 to 3.7

112 Synthroid daily (Jan 2019) TSH 2.43 range .350-5.000 uIU/ml |  FT3 3.3 range 1.7-3.7 pg/mL | FT4 1.04 range .7-1.25 ng/Dl 

112 Synthroid Daily (Mar 2020)  TSH 2.069 range .350-5.000 uIU/ml |  FT3 2.8 range 1.7-3.7 pg/mL | FT4 1.08 range .7-1.25 ng/Dl (doing pretty good in general)



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#2 creepingdeath


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Posted 09 January 2019 - 04:04 AM

autoimmune diseases are well known to become worse or were triggered by stresses.

when your pituitary gland sends out a hormone to the thyroid for more thyroid hormone the immune system attacks the thyroid because it's stressed for more hormone...

I have two auto immune diseases.

vitiligo and hashimoto's.

a severe burn on my right hand from playing with fireworks on the 4th of July "the bicentennial" in 1976 started the immune attack on my tanning cells when I was 14.

I was just about to turn 50 when my thyroid was quickly attacked and my thyroid journey began.

having vitiligo is very stressful and is common among hashimoto's people....


stress does play a big part in hashimoto's thyroiditis....


#3 Lovlkn


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Posted 09 January 2019 - 12:45 PM

The stress of multiple miscarriages and eventual pregnancies on my body triggered my Graves disease so yes - stress definitely plays a part.


Stress typically burns up more thyroid hormone in my experiences taking thyroid hormone replacement

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Free T-4 and Free T-3 are absolutely necessary to properly dose yourself.
My experience is that 1/2 - 3/4 of range is your goal for optimal treatment

My Journey... 7 years to receive a diagnosis. TT 2004 after 4.5 years on Tapazole that had to be adjusted monthly - endo ran labs every 4 weeks. Remission was never going to happen for me so I opted for surgery to remove. Final DX by surgeon was Hashitoxicosis, TPO antibodies over 2000 and TSI 316% within the year prior to surgery. I never had a ultrasound or any lab testing to rule out cancer - pathology was negative. Post surgery I was kept hypo for many years - until I figured out how to dose my self, relying on where I fell in the FT-4 and FT-3 labs. I run TSH below range due to positive TBII antibodies. Horrible time adjusting to addition of Cytomel = patience pays off when adding this drug to the mix.

The happy ending ---> Stable dose since 1/10 Unithroid 125mcg, Cytomel 12.5mcg - labs I can live with.

None of the information on is intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Information shared is based on my personal experiences and should not be considered medical advice. Please consult a physician before adjusting any medication.

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