The Pursuit of a Thyroid Medication
A few years after being diagnosed with fibromyalgia, I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis — an autoimmune disease in which the immune system attacks the thyroid gland. I was now hypothyroid, for which the standard treatment is Synthroid. Synthroid ordinarily works like a charm. But not on me.
I was eager to start treatment; but, within five minutes of the first dose, I had a terrible reaction. My endocrinologist assumed I was having a reaction to the inert ingredients, fillers, or dyes in the medication. He suggested I try another synthetic thyroid medication. I followed his directions and experienced the same symptoms.
The doctor could not explain this, and informed me that, in his many years of practice, he had never had a patient experience this phenomenon.
I was now worse off, experiencing the symptoms of severe hypothyroidism without any prospect of treatment with accepted medication.