My Health Has Shown Improvement On New Thyroid Medication & Diet

I started on a new diet program and the endocrinologist started me on the new thyroid medication at about the same time so I’m not sure if the improvement I am feeling in my health is from the medication, the diet, or a combination of both.   I started on the Medifast diet program through Take Shape for Life on June 20th and on June 23rd I started taking the Synthroid medication.  The endocrinologist told me to immediately stop taking the T3 compound medication that I had been taking for the past 5 years, as he felt I had just received a batch that had been made too strong.  My T3 level was through the roof and he believes that is what has been making my symptoms over the past while get worse and then when I was very sick back in June for those few weeks, he said it was from the new batch of medication.

I can’t believe the way I have been feeling.  Believe me, I am not healed by any means and I don’t feel perfect.  I still know every day that I have CFS but I can’t get over some of the changes and neither can my husband or son.  I have been going to sleep at night, staying asleep, and waking up at around 7 a.m. – and staying awake.   I still feel like I need to take a nap a lot of days but when I do lie down, I nap for maybe an hour and when I get up, I actually feel rested.  Before I would lie down and when I would get up I would feel no different or even worse than before.   My eyes are wide and bright, which is something I am not used to seeing when I look in the mirror.  I’m not used to looking at myself and seeing that person – I’m glad she’s in there, however! 

Up until just a couple of days ago, I was headache free for almost 1 1/2 weeks.  Then on Sunday I was out in the heat at our family reunion, I was out in the heat yesterday with my son at the pool, and I was in and out of it today also and I’ve had a headache since Sunday and I feel sure that it is from the high temperatures.  I can’t handle the heat at all.  It was an awesome feeling not having a headache for so many days.  I couldn’t tell you the last time I was headache free for so long. 

I have also noticed that my body temperature has changed.  Before I started on this new medication I had to have the air conditioner set at around 70 or 71 degrees and my husband and son were freezing all of the time but I was still always hot even with the house that cold.  I have had to start turning the air back to about 73 degrees because I started getting cold. 

I look forward to many more improvements and I’m hoping that my energy levels will continue to improve.  I am still very cautious, as it has only been 2 weeks and I don’t want to have any setbacks especially when I am starting to feel so well.  CFS is tricky and it can sneak in just when we think we are feeling terrific and wipe us out and knock us down for days, weeks, or months.  I’ve spent enough of the last few months in bed and on the couch and I am determined that now that I am starting to feel well I am going to do whatever I can to keep it that way!

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  1. That is wonderful! I too have thyroid issues and have to take meds for each day. I was having my blood drawn every 5 weeks to have my levels checked but lost my insurance so I am taking the meds but have no idea what my levels are. I too have fibro with arthritis too. I am happy you feel better. I know that when I started with my meds, I slept better and it really helped but sometimes its hard to know. Good luck and hope you continue to feel well.

  2. I’m so glad to hear your success on the TSFL, medifast 5&1 program! How are you currently doing? I am a health coach for TSFL and am interested to see how lives are being positively impacted by this amazing program. I started the program in July, and have lost 53 pounds! This is truly an amazing program! Please contact me and let me know how you are doing – I would love to know!

    All the best!
    Clarissa Carmona

  3. nutri-thyroidmeds says:

    Wow that is amazing! I am so happy for you.
    I have a low thyroid and based to my doctor,it is crucial to have a healthy snack between breakfast and lunch. This will help to keep up your energy level and will keep you from craving foods that are high in sugar or “bad” carbohydrates every day.An example of a healthy mid-morning snack that includes nutrients which will help you raise your thyroid levels naturally is a handful of Brazil nuts, sunflower seeds (selenium) or almonds (vitamin E), along with an apple, blueberries, an avocado (B-6 vitamin), pineapple or mango.

  4. shelley says:

    My health began to take a turn for the better when I began on thryoid treatments. Later the doctor discovered food allergies….which I should have figured out…cause I always said…I just feel better when I don’t eat. I am basically on an atkins type diet with no soy or chocolate.

    I take sleeping pills, supplements and my thyroid med. I can now work a productive 30 hours a week and still have energy to buy groceries, make dinner, pay the bills, clean house and play on the weekends. I have about 40 hours of productive work time monday thru friday and one hard fun day on the weekend…then my energy is depleted. But that is pretty dang good! I’ll take that!

    Now is this like I was before? No, I was super woman, with a 50 hour workweek doing weekend projects and singing in the choir on Sunday. But, you know what….I”ll take what I’ve got. I’ve learned how to be patient, to pace myself, and to persevere. I prioritize where my energy Needs to go first, and I time manage what I know I have left to other activities. I don’t explain myself to others and their expectations anymore, because they won’t understand.

    This disease or whatever Fibro and Chronic Fatigue is….has taught me some valuable lessons. I choose to learn from it and make this into something outstanding!

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