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.
Once again, I was off on a quest for a solution. I saw eight endocrinologists who gave me the same answers. One even told me it was a psychosomatic issue. (Many years after these unhappy opinions, I was told by a well-respected chronic pain psychologist that, when one lives with chronic pain, it is normal for the body to react negatively to any synthetic thyroid medication.)
Finally, I found a physician that prescribed Nature Thyroid, a natural thyroid medication. As soon as I tried it, I knew I’d have no negative reaction.
This experience toughened my conviction that there is a solution to most, if not all, problems. Our part is never to give up looking for answers.
In this instance, I was doubly fortunate, because my original endocrinologist, to whose care I returned, was willing to work with the natural medication. In fact, now when his fibromyalgia patients report sensitivities to medications or hormones, he will even suggest the use of a natural replacement. Was this because of me persisting in my search until I found a solution that worked? I would like to think so.
What has your experience been, have you ever had a problem with thyroid medications? If so please share your experience with us.