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Quick update: I have been suffering from a debilitating fatigue and high blood pressure for the last 2-3 months. My doctor is treating this as straightforward high blood pressure and put me on blood pressure tablets. My TSH is 1.9 so I can't convince him that an underlying sluggish thyroid may be the culprit. Instead of starting 'World War Three' with my doctor I have purchased a supplement called Thyroid Complex, which contains the usual rag-bag of ingredients often associated with thyroid disorders, such as selenium, kelp (iodine), magnesium, copper, vitamin B12 and l-tyrosine.

I took my first tablet yesterday lunchtime. Within three hours I felt perkier, had more energy and my mood improved. During the evening my cognitive function felt pretty good so I was quite encouraged. The only problem was that I didn't get to sleep until 5 o'clock this morning! My mind was buzzing and I definitely felt like I was 'on something'. However, I feel like there was enough of a beneficial effect to resume trying it again tomorrow -- maybe a half dose at breakfast time.

I suppose my question is this: do you think these type of supplements can be worthwhile? For what is probably a chronic, low-grade, borderline disorder such as mine, is this type of remedy worth pursuing? Has anyone found them to be an effective and useful alternative to prescription meds? I would be really grateful for any thoughts, experiences or comments.
 

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Nope, I don't.

I think it WOULD be worthwhile to find a doctor who tests more than TSH and is willing to listen to your complaints.

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SUGGESTED TESTS
TPO (antimicrosomal antibodies) TBII (thyrotropin-binding inhibitory immunoglobulin), Thyroglobulin and Thyroglobulin Ab, ANA (antinuclear antibodies), (thyroid hormone panel) TSH, Free T3, Free T4.

You can look this stuff up here and more.........
http://www.labtestsonline.org/
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TBII
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9364248
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anti-thyroid_autoantibodies
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Blocking TRAbs (also known as Thyrotropin Binding Inhibitory Immunoglobulins (TBII)) competitively block the activity of TSH on the receptor. This can cause hypothyroidism by reducing the thyrotropic effects of TSH. They are found in Hashimoto's thyroiditis and Graves' disease and may be cause of fluctuation of thyroid function in the latter. During treatment of Graves' disease they may also become the predominant antibody, which can cause hypothyroidism.

Understanding the Thyroid: Why You Should Check Your Free T3
http://breakingmuscle.com/health-medicine/understanding-thyroid-why-you-should-check-your-free-t3
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Dr. Mercola (FREES)
http://www.mercola.com/article/hypothyroid/diagnosis_comp.htm
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Free T3 and Free T4 are the only accurate measurement of the actual active thyroid hormone levels in the body. This is the hormone that is actually free and exerting effect on the cells. These are the thyroid hormones that count.

This is truly a dangerous thing to do.

What really needs to be done are the proper tests which I will list above. Okay?

Be careful; we don't want to hear you ended up in the ER.

Make sure you get the FREE T3 and FREE T4, not the Totals.

You may need to find a better doctor as well. Doesn't sound like the one you have is interested.
 

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All of those are good minerals to take (esp. the selenium and magnesium), but be careful on the iodine. People with thyroid problems need to be wary of iodine supplements, esp. without a doctor's supervision.
 
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You really need a new doctor. One to whom you can express your concerns; one who is amenable to running the tests you request and more importantly; one who is not god-like and condescending.

You are paying this person to serve "you!" Not the other way around.
 
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