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    Armour Thyroid

    Hi

    I was just wondering how many of you are taking Armour? Have you seen improvements and if so, how soon did you start to feel better after taking it? Anyone had any side effects? Anyone had to stop because of complications like further adrenal problems? I would love to hear of your experiences with it as I'm soon to start treatment and my GP isn't that happy with the idea.. He has to stay within the confines of orthodox medicine...his exact words. I was hoping he would prescribe it on the NHS but no go.


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    Re: Armour Thyroid

    I have slowly over the last 12 months noticed a good improvement last year I still had all the symptoms of Thyroid disease. I dont think I've had any side effects lol I under medicated myself a risk with self medicating earlier last year and it took the whole of last year to feel better!!

    Im on 4.5 grains of Armour and 300mcg of Thyroxine just starting to feel well now!!!! to the help and guidence of Doctor Skinner a Thyroid specialist!! thumbup
    I'm not an expert. I'm here to share my Thyroid journey and tell you all my experience of Thyroid disease.
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    Re: Armour Thyroid

    hiya hon

    So glad you have decided to be proactive in your healthcare. It may be tough and lonely but we will be here for you.

    I am on Armour, it works, you get improvements but it isn't a simple thing for everyone to titrate.

    You mention the adrenals, it isn't the Armour that cause this it is the fact that on thyroxine your adrenals can be underperforming and you don't notice the connection as markedly, Armour actually gives you the active hormone T3 as well as the thyroxine, a much needed hormone. The only problem is for people who have been hypo for a long time their body is so used to surviving on a 'go slow', their organs are deprived due to the imbalances which occur in hypothyroidism. Also, levothryoxine treatment alone can leave symptoms and therefore can leave you subclinically hypothyroid, no matter what the 'blood tests' say. So yes, in answer to your question (finally hehe) I did have to go on adrenal support and I am taking HC at the moment, some can survive on herbal and glandular support, I couldn't.

    I have been deteriorating for many years on levothyroxine. I ALWAYS had symptoms on the treatment but I believed the doctors that these were not related to my thyroid problems. Eventually I became so bad I was most of the time laid gasping for breath as my muscles grew weaker. I was given the diagnosis of ME and no further investigations were done.
    Thank God for the internet, I found out there was not only this one treatment for my condition, and also that lots of others were suffering in varying degrees like I was.

    I say Armour treatment for some isn't simple, that is because some need extra T4 on top of it, you cannot treat to blood tests if you have Hashimotos Disease the TSH is not going to work at all for you much of the time if you have autoantibodies, or if they haven't tested your pituatory function by comparing the T4 with the TSH. Some people have other problems related to the peripheral conversion of the T4 in armour and need to be treated with T3 only first.

    So there is a lot more to it than the Drs 'keep taking your thyroxine till your TSH is in range' philosophy. I am sure you already knew this and that is why you are embarking on the treatment yourself.

    It is a good idea to read everything you can on your particular condition, the tests you need, the deficiencies most hypos have, the treatment, the adrenals, the co morbid conditions.

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    for your replies, guys! I really do appreciate it! I'm glad you're both doing better! Good to hear! Sorry for the very short reply from myself -- I will be back later -- But just wanted make a fly by and say thank you! thumbup

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    Re: Armour Thyroid

    You welcome!!!

    Whenever you need us, we will be here!! thumbup
    I'm not an expert. I'm here to share my Thyroid journey and tell you all my experience of Thyroid disease.
    If you want to chat, please dont hesitate to contact me, I will help where I can!!

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