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  • Anonymous
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      Dave. . .welcome, and thanks for sharing that information! I had the RAI and am on synthroid (4 weeks now), improving, but worried about all the problems people are having long-term (feeling hypo when levels are “normal”), and have been quite interested in the testimony of people who feel better on Armour Thyroid or some other supplement with T-3 AND T-4. Since our thyroids produce some T-3 as well as T-4, it seems reasonable to think there’s a purpose. Most information I read says that since our bodies convert T-4 to T-3, there’s no reason for us to need both. Nancy, does the NGDF have any new information on this subject? Thanks!
      Dianne N

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        Hi to everyone! I’ve been reading the message board. It’s been
        interesting reading it. I thought it was about time for me to
        say hello. I’ve had Graves for 3 1/2 years. I feel fortunate
        that I don’t have the eye problems like some of you have. I can’t
        say it’s been a breeze. I’ve had to fire some doctors, which
        turned out to be a good decision. I went to Mayo Clinic for a
        second opinion after my endo where I live suggested trying anti-
        viral drugs. Why??? was my response!! I’m glad I made the trip!
        It turned I had thyroid regeneration and I had a second dose of
        I131. This made a big difference!

        I am now looking for any research and have come upon some interesting
        studies done. One particular article I found in Medline. The title
        was “Only the combined treatment with thyroxine (T4) and
        triiodothyronine (T3) ensures euthyroidism in all tissues of the
        thyroidectomized rat.” THE CONCLUSION WAS: “If pertinent to man,
        these results might well justify a change in the current therapy
        for hypothyroidism.” I find this interesting considering there are
        alot of people who are taking synthetic T4 (Synthroid, Levoxyl,
        Levothroid) and are still not feeling well. I know we’re not rats,
        but isn’t tissue, tissue? Aren’t all drugs tested on animals prior
        to being tried on humans? I’m not trying to say people should take
        T3/T4, but if they are not feeling well, maybe they need to look the
        article up, print it and talk to their doctor about it. I faxed a
        copy to my endo at Mayo Clinic and asked for his opinion. I have
        not heard anything but if I do, I will let you know.

        I thought long and hard before I said anything about this article,
        and thought maybe I should keep my mouth shut so that no one jumps
        the gun and decides to change their treatment. And then it came to
        me a saying I once heard “SILENCE IS GOLDEN, BUT KNOWLEDGE IS POWER!”

        Good luck to all of you and hang in there!


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