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Mail Call, and GIP


The holiday cards are still coming in. Whee! One thing I genuinely love this season for, as there's something neat in my mailbox almost every day. Yesterday there was a card from vylit, and one from gem225, and a kitty card from jadelennox with a *Shrinky Dink* in it! Of Spike spanking Xander! O.O

And I opened my Christmas present from maeyan before I left for work this morning, to find she'd got me... an MP3 player. Which in no every way makes me feel exceptionally guilty for going off on her last night when I was in a foul, pre-weepy, every-straw-is-the-last-straw mood.

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Dear recently1-discovered thyroid imbalance: please be responsible for how bloody irritable I've been lately, and, with the help of the lovely wee pills, make it go away? Pretty please? It's much nicer to blame you than my own personality defects...

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1</sup> As in, yesterday...


skimming what I can on my lunchbreak

thebratqueen

2003-12-30 10:30 am (UTC) (Link)

Are you taking Synthroid? In which case it'll be about 3 months before you see any change at all and make sure to take the pills on an empty stomach. The empty stomach thing is crucial. I took mine for years with absolutely no doctors telling me to do it, then I read a book (Thyroid Power which is HIGHLY recommended reading) which gave me the 411 and after years of being so tired I couldn't hold down a 9-5 job I finally had real energy.

They recommend either an hour before eating or about two hours after, but I've been able to get by with a half-hour before I eat breakfast. Possibly because my stomach is extra empty then or something.

Anyway, if you've got questions or whatever let me know. Can't promise a speedy reply but I'm more than happy to give the benefit of my experience here if you want/need it.

Re: skimming what I can on my lunchbreak

mpoetess

2003-12-30 10:47 am (UTC) (Link)

Yup. Well, Levoxyl. And I knew about the empty stomach thing -- luckily my pharmacist (though not my doc) filled me in on that at great length. Not about how long til effects become apparent though -- granted that may vary with the person, but I'm more likely to believe someone who's dealt with it, than the lit's suggested "2 weeks to 2 months."

(Points to previous locked post for more details)

Re: skimming what I can on my lunchbreak

thebratqueen

2003-12-30 10:49 am (UTC) (Link)

Yeah, I don't know from Levoxyl. I know Synthroid is 3 months and that's all there is to that. Are you hyper or hypo? And if this is something in the locked post then don't mind me.

/me goes to find locked post before scurrying back to work.

Re: skimming what I can on my lunchbreak

mpoetess

2003-12-30 10:56 am (UTC) (Link)

Levoxyl is a Synthroid clone. Same exact content -- levothyroxine sodium.

Re: skimming what I can on my lunchbreak

thebratqueen

2003-12-30 11:43 am (UTC) (Link)

Gotcha. In which case something to be aware of is that supposedly (note the keyword there) Synthroid clones do not carry the full punch that Synthroid itself does. According to my doc the difference is in the quality and the clones inability to guarantee that they've got the pure stuff down to the microgram, or whatever tiny amount it's measured in.

Now I've heard that somewhere else as well, but the flip side is that my doc, who is 90% on the ball, is also clearly part of a medical group that has fallen prey to "original drugs good, generics bad" to the point where they even have fliers in the waiting room explaining why generic drugs are the fault of everything from poor medication to gang warfare. I also knew a girl years ago who worked in a law firm that was heading up a suit against the Synthroid company because studies had shown that the generics were just fine but Synthroid's company was insisting on the whole poor medication/gang warfare thing. Granted the people doing the suit were the companies making the generic stuff so it's not like they're not a biased source either.

But the flip side yet again is that one of the things that I did before taking the meds on an empty stomach was move off the generic and back to Synthroid proper and my blood tests came back insanely good. So I couldn't say for 100% certainty that moving off the generic didn't help as well.

I forget what Thyroid Power says but my advice would be to keep the generic vs Synthroid thing in the back of your head and if months and months from now your test results aren't going anywhere or aren't as good as you like that might be something to keep in mind as an option. Otherwise I wouldn't worry about it.

There's tons more advice I could dump on you but for now I'd say definitely get the Thyroid Power book. It's got a ton of information in there that no thyroid affected person should be without.

Re: skimming what I can on my lunchbreak

mpoetess

2003-12-30 10:57 am (UTC) (Link)

And heh, no, I didn't specifically say; the previous post is more just narrative. Hypo.

Thyroid Hell

yin_again

2003-12-30 10:34 am (UTC) (Link)

I don't know which way your imbalance goes, but when my hypothyroidism was uncontrolled it made me uber-bitchy. Of course, that could have been a side effect of the unnatural fatigue. If you're on Synthroid, the good news is that it'll get better. The bad news is that it takes a few weeks to get the drug into your system and get it working.

Re: Thyroid Hell

mpoetess

2003-12-30 10:49 am (UTC) (Link)

It's hypo, yeah. On a synthroid clone. (Of which I just took the first one this morning, and I do know it'll be a while before they kick in, as it were. Which doesn't stop me from addressing it sternly... *g*)

luvs_phoenix

2003-12-30 11:47 am (UTC) (Link)

My daughter has a thyroid imbalance.

My sister had to have hers removed.

I think it's PERFECTLY acceptable to blame everything on this damn stupid organ.

Signed, frustrated mom and sister

mpoetess

2004-01-04 09:14 am (UTC) (Link)

I suppose it's better than blaming everything on zortified, which is what I usually do. *g*

luvs_phoenix

2004-01-04 09:43 am (UTC) (Link)

Not so much better as perhaps a change of pace.

I agree that it's usually all Zort's fault.

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Re: Bad thyrod imbalance, BAD! No cake.

mpoetess

2003-12-30 01:04 pm (UTC) (Link)

If she had to take the radioactive iodine, she most likely had hyperthyroidism (too *much* thyroid hormone), which is the opposite of what I seem to have -- mine is hypo, not enough hormone. So no superpowers for me, I'm afraid. :-(