Newbie here-should I try thyroid supps? PLEASE HELP!

bennyha

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Hello all. I am new here but have been reading the forum for many months. I am slowly switching over to a Peat inspired diet the past 3 months after 2 or 3 years of low carb paleo. I am a 33 year old male, 6'0 165 lbs. Basically normal height and weight. The past 3 years I have developed the following symptoms:

-unable to sweat (haven't sweat for over 3 years now)
-chronic fatigue/brain fog
-very low libido
-acne/digestive problems
-frequent urination
-cold hands and feet/intolerance to cold
-very low pulse rates (low as 38 beats per minute and usually in the mid 50's)

Of course the doctor I was working with said my pulse rates were great because I was an "athlete". I was wondering if I should try and take thyroid meds? My temps are also low, but usually in the mid 97s for the most part, and can get up to low 98's. I had really low T3 and high RT3 through years of low carbing, as well as high TSH, but since making a more dominant carb and sugar diet, my thyroid lab levels have gotten much better, but still seem low. My last results I took 2 weeks ago were:

Test My Result Lab Range
Free T3// 2.3/// 2.0-4.4
Free T4 // 0.98/// 0.82-1.77
TSH// 2.000/// 0.450-4.500
Rev T3// 11.2/// 9.2-24.1

Overall, I feel like ***t. I find it almost impossible to build muscle, and my energy levels are poor. I suspect low testosterone and high estrogen. I also did some saliva tests for adrenals, and they showed wonky cortisol, but not too horrible. I went through a 2 year period of binging and fasting during my low carb days. I would eat up to 4 lbs of raw almonds on my binge days. I ate tons of nuts. Knowing now I am assuming all the PUFA's wrecked me.

I have some thyroid-s I bought about 6 months ago but never took it. Every doctor I have worked with said I don't need thyroid help but I need to fix my adrenals first. All this is so confusing to me. Would you guys try taking some thyroid based on my labs/symptoms? If so, what would you take?

Thank you so much for taking the time to read and respond. I am really confused on all this stuff and really appreciate your input.
 

Miguel

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You mentioned frequent urination and cold hands and feet. A typical Peat-inspired diet tends to include a lot of liquids (milk, OJ, coffee) which will probably just make those symptoms worse. Peat has mentioned in a podcast before that those who are hypothyroid cannot tolerate many liquids. Initially, you'd probably be better off consuming less liquids and following something like Matt Stone's Eat for Heat http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00AGBH7FO/?tag=rapefo-20 until your body recovers.

I speak from experience as I too used to have those same symptoms. I can now tolerate drinking a lot of liquids but I had to first start out by limiting my liquid intake and gradually working back up to it. I'd suggest making those changes first before supplementing with thyroid.
 

Ben

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How high was your cortisol?

It definitely doesn't hurt to try thyroid. You can get a doctor to prescribe it to you. Usually they will only prescribe L-T4 at first, but when it comes to supplementation RP recommends a ratio like 1-4 or higher. Mine is 1-2 at the moment and it works well, I had trouble converting T4 to T3. A lot of your symptoms sound like low testosterone symptoms (like low libido and muscle mass), so if it's not corrected after taking thyroid, you should get it tested. I made a thread about low testosterone, and I'm going to experiment with pine pollen soon and post my results there:

viewtopic.php?f=56&t=3049

If you want to buy T3, which is "cynomel", you can buy it from a site a lot of members on this site use, called "mymexicandrugstore", if they live in the US. My blood tests said my thyroid levels were normal, but then I started taking cynomel and I'm now taking 3x more T3 than I was prescribed, and feel a lot better. So don't put all your faith in the blood tests, go by the way you feel. Start slowly with T3, at a few micrograms, because taking too much at once will make you feel bad.
 

4peatssake

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FYI

Prices are significantly higher at My Mexican Drug Store with 100 tabs of cynomel selling for $23. (US dollars)

Compared that to Farmacia del Nino where 100 tabs of cyomel is on sale for $14.64 (regular price $16.64) (also US dollars.)
 
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