I am a 46 year old woman, diagnosed with Hashi's at age 15. Like many thyroid patients, I was simply put on Synthroid and told to have my TSH tested every 6 months. I never felt well on Synthroid. When I complained of depression I was put on an anti-depressant. When my blood pressure was high, I was put on blood pressure meds and a statin. I assumed it was my lot in life to never feel quite right.
By age 39, I had more than 19 nodules on my thyroid. The largest was about the size of a pea and caused me significant pain when I swallowed, so I was advised to have a total thyroidectomy. The surgery was fairly easy, and my synthroid was increased a small amount, but I still didn't feel well. By age 46 I had gained about 40 pounds, my blood pressure was sky high, I had horrible insomnia yet I was exhausted all the time. My doctors told me that I was tired and depressed because I was fat, and they advised me to lose weight. I tried all the popular diets and would gain weight even though I was consuming less than 1000 calories a day.
In a desperate attempt to find a diet that would work for me, I came across the Wheat Belly diet, written by Dr. William Davis. On his blog, he talks about hypothyroidism and and hashi's, and recommended NDT instead of Synthroid. After doing lots of research and reading all the books on the subject, I went to my endo and asked to switch from Synthroid to Armour, but he refused. So, I went to a second endo who also refused to consider NDT. After the third doctor refused to help me, I decided to take charge of my own health.
I found a company (outside of the USA) that sells Armour as a nutritional supplement without a prescription. Ironically, Armour is made in Ohio and I live in Texas, but I had to get it from outside the USA. Anyway, I switched and within 2 weeks felt like a new person. I have tons of energy, am off my anti-depressant and BP medicine, sleeping well and am happier and healthier than I have ever been! My excess weight is coming off steadily. I’m still trying to determine my optimal level of medicine, and I anticipate that I will be switching to T3 only in the short-term future and will consider the CT3M. I'm taking things very slow so that I can figure out what is working for me.
I’m angry and frustrated that for 31 years I met with the best endocrinologists in Dallas and Houston, and was never told about NDT. I am however, eternally grateful for people like Paul R. and others who were able to figure it all out and share their findings with me. Switching to NDT has literally changed and possibly saved my life.