At the end of the last My Story post I was advised by DrG to reduce my intake of medication, so I had stopped taking the natural dessicated thyroid, the T3 and reduced the T4 (oroxine) from 100 to 75.
The hangover lifted, the feeling that my heart was tumbling ( like a tumble dryer) in my chest went, and after about 4 days of feeling tired I had two days when I felt ‘normal’. Normal is the epitome of Heaven, to a normally healthy person, you have no idea what bliss it can feel like to someone with an illness!
Then I started to feel the swing in the other direction. The black hole returned and dragged me under into sleep after lunch. My eyes remained sore until I slept and I got a pain in the bum. The constipation which I never had before T4 responded to magnesium, but the pain in the bum didn’t go until I started taking T3 again. I returned to 100 oroxine by cutting the 75 in three and cut the 25 cytomel in thirds to take approx 8.
For almost a month I was as near normal as I might expect to be. But life doesn’t let you rest. Our financial situation is bad and the stress of meeting bills and always being late and overdrawn and not quite making them is constant on both of us. Even more so probably on my husband as he is the one earning the most money. But the stress eats at you and insufficient funds means you cut back to basics.
It means no doctors appointments or tests, and you can’t afford to replace expensive zinc or magnesium, special multi vitamins, colloidal minerals. All these ran out and I am left just taking B vitamins, iron, cheaper magnesium, cod liver oil and vitamin C. My migraines have returned and I have a low grade headache all the time. I need the zinc for that but its $50. The cheaper zinc doesn’t do anything.
Maybe next month…
Is my Sore Throat due to Hashimotos or is it a Reaction to Gluten?
Friday night is takeaway night. Might be pizza, might be Kentucky fried chicken. When you are gluten free, neither is suitable of course. I have assumed I am gluten intolerant, but have had no tests, don’t think its coeliac, but don’t really know either way.
Normally I’d cook something for me, a piece of fish or some eggs. Sometimes if it was Kentucky, I’d strip off the crumbing and just eat the chicken meat, and that was ok. This Friday I spat the dummy and ate 2 pieces of Kentucky crumbs, skin, spices, herbs and all. It was lovely.
On Saturday I woke up with a sore throat and fever and was so tired I slept all day and all night and half of Sunday. I gargled with iodine to no effect. I gargled with warm salty water. I sprayed it with the sore throat stuff I buy for the kids sore throats, all to no effect. I took aspirin every 4 hours and that kept the fever in check and gave relief from the soreness.
I was a bit less tired during the week, and helped my husband on a painting job most days. My glands stayed swollen until Wednesday, I had no energy but was not so tired, although an afternoon nap was called for each day. I had a constant dry cough, very little mucus production but prickly in the nose again and sneezing like from allergy, and low fever still. I struggled to take a full breath and when I did I coughed.
Today is Sunday a week later. The sore throat and mild other symptoms are still there and I’m pretty sure the pain is “in” the thyroid, though I feel it in my throat, it would explain why neither salt or the iodine couldn’t take it from the throat.
I thought about going to the Hospital or a doctor, but I’ve only just managed to reduce candida to a whisper and antibiotics would be like putting out the fire with gasolene. What else do they have to offer? Aspirin and other NSAIDS which I cannot take like Voltaren (instant sore stomach) . so… Nothing new I don’t know about I think.
I looked up sore throat and Hashimotos on the internet and discovered some great new articles but I am still not sure how to categorise it and whether to seek medical advice . I hate feeling like a hypochondriac!
- Is this just a viral bug – sore throat, fever etc?
- Is it just a normal bug that has affected my thyroid, or been different due to having Hashimotos.
- Is it an allergy like hay fever?
- Is it because I ate gluten for the first time in a year and antibodies attacked my thyroid in droves ( even though I have never experienced this type of reaction before as a “sore throat”)
- Is it just a progression of the disease?
- Is it due to not taking the natural thyroid or from reducing the medication too much?
Several links suggest that the sore throat pain is actually from the thyroid.
Swollen Lymph Nodes & Sore Throat With Hashimotos anecdotal confirmation it is related to thyroid
All this caused by Hashimotos! this was just downright fascinating reading the advice in comments
Overall MD article on Thyroiditis helped by stating use analgesic, anti inflammatory, antibiotics to treat
Treatments for sore throats due to thyroiditis bit easier to read than above and confirms treatment
STTM advice of course contravenes what my doc said – (I know, you can’t follow two masters)
Essential Oil and Sore Throat an advocate for lemongrass oil applied to the thyroid area on throat
Coconut Oil and Sore Throat an advocate for increasing consumption of coconut oil
Well who knows? I guess for now I’ll stay at 100 oroxine and 8 cytomel and continue to take aspirin for the sore throat. It’s been one week since it started and it will probably just go away next week. If not, then we’ll try and find the money for something – zinc maybe, maybe a doctor – not really sure which is the better value! lol!
17th Nov Update
The sore throat isn’t going away. It did get a bit better and then it got suddenly worse and now its getting better again. I now believe its iodine causing it.
I took Lugals when I first started treatment and felt better for it. Four or five months later I read that iodine might not be good for people with Hashimotos so I stopped until I talked to DrR. He felt that continuing would be beneficial but to reduce it to 2 drops.
I get tired of taking supplements. My husband wouldn’t believe that because he doesn’t think they have any effect. I don’t think he even believes I’m sick, I’m walking around after all! I know things start to go haywire when I stop taking stuff, like now. I don’t know for sure which are doing good and which are not.
I believe that zinc, magnesium, iron and vitamin C are essential for me. I believe that B vitamins and probably A, D and E vitamins are also important.
I think selenium and iodine are good but I’m not sure.
I hadn’t been taking iodine and selenium regularly and then I watched Dr Tenpenny’s video on iodine. I started taking 2 drops iodine again with 5 drops selenium like before.
What if this is what has caused my sore throat. At the bottom of the throat there are two round bones, over the right one, I sometimes see a slight swelling. It appears larger when my sore throat gets worse. I wonder if its the start of a goiter. I originally thought goiter is only caused by deficiency of iodine, but too much iodine can also cause goiter.
When I stopped taking iodine daily my sore throat slowly got better, but I didn’t at that time think it had anything to do with iodine. One day I did take my iodine in the morning and with in hours the sore throat was back with a vengeance. I stopped taking it and it is almost gone.
I don’t feel it is a coincidence. I think my thyroid struggles to process the Lugals now. I read that you can paint it on the sole of your foot for a different way to absorb it. For now, I’ll wait and see if the throat actually gets better at all.
I am supposed to have blood tests this month and go see the doc. Don’t think it’s going to happen before Christmas. I guess if the sore throat continues, if its a possible nodule, I can go to the hospital.