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I have thyroid problems, but your symptoms can be due to many other things. I think you should have a complete blood screening and get on a good healthy diet. If you can afford it, it sounds like it is time to see a specialist or a new doctor; 25 mg is a very low dose of levothyroxine. It could be other vitamins or mineral out of balance in your body.
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I too have had an autoimmune system disorder for years which led to Graves disease, having a thyroid treatment to destroy my thyroid,;and a few years ago, I started having severe arthralgia in my hands, feet, mid back, sometimes elbow and knees. All rheumatoid arthritis, lupus tests, etc. came back negative. I went to an acupuncturist with considerable success who also instructed me to go on a gluten-free diet. Since then I found gluten to be one of the worst offenders for autoimmune system disorders because it causes inflammation. After removing gluten from my diet, my symptoms improved greatly. I also found tree nuts and peanuts as well as sugar to be foods I had to remove from my diet. After doing this, I became almost symptom free. Seasonal allergies, especially grasses, also cause symptoms because bermuda grass is in the wheat family, and thereby inhaling bermuda grass pollen causes similar symptoms as when I have eaten gluten.

 

Rather than expensive food allergy tests which are often inconclusive, some diligent reading and detective work and reading about food elimination diets usually prove to be more successful. I have been through both and have found that unless you eat something and know immediately that you are allergic to it, you are going to have to do your own detective work with the help of good literature on food elimination diets and some internet research.

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I have both RA (rheumatoid) and PsA (Psoriatic) arthritis conditions as well as Type 2 Diabetes and several other issues.  Have you checked on any food sensitivities?  I know a lot of people think it can't be diet...and diet may or may not be the actual cause, but it certainly can make the conditions worse.  Worth checking into.  If insurance not available to pay for testing, simply cut out the worst culprits one by one for about 30 days each. By doing each one separately you can find the culprit(s).  The worst are grains (wheat, oats, barley, rye, rice), dairy, peanuts/nuts, and of course the worst is sugar.  I feel better when I follow the Kaufmann Phase 1/Phase 2 (anti-fungal diet....kind of similar to Paleo) diets that are grain free, dairy free, sugar free, peanut and corn free eating.  And you still get great food...cookies, cake, meat, fish, veggies, fruit.  You just have to learn how to cook in new ways for some things, but for less pain it's worth it.  In case you or anyone else is interested, copies of what I follow which help me when I follow it...kind of off the wagon right now and I'm really hurting...my own fault.  

 

Hope you find some relief!

 

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Not surprising !  Smiley Mad   I threw my teflon pans out long ago. Have been wondering about the pans advertised on tv ; copper ones ? Probably no safer.I use my cast iron skillet.

There should be a nation-wide/worldwide effort to get the flouride out. On that subject, if flouride is so effective in combating tooth decay, why are the dentists making such a good living ?

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Yes... what you are describing is fluoride toxicity. Fluoride is not just in our toothpaste, it is in our water, in the chemicals used on our foods, and even in many of our pharmeceuticals. Heck, it's even in our teflon pans, you know the PFOA waste from DuPont that's making the news for polluting water supplies. Fluoride is an inflammatory drug and a substance that intensifies the immune response, i.e. causes or worsens autoimmune and inflammatory diseases. It is also an endocrine disruptor, i.e. something that messes up hormones. 

 

2015 Letter signed by Erin Brockovich any others: https://www.aaemonline.org/pdf/LetterIOM_2015.04.27.pdf

1978 Flyer of symptoms: http://fluorideinformationaustralia.files.wordpress.com/2013/01/flier_waldbott_symptoms_ftgd.pdf

 

You might also find this February 2016 political activism letter with its citations interesting:   http://momsagainstfluoridation.org/sites/default/files/pdf-documents/GovFinal.pdf

 

And this February 2016 letter to the American Thyroid Associationhttp://fluoridealert.org/wp-content/uploads/ATA_2016_02_11.pdf

 

“The evidence that fluoride is more harmful than beneficial is now overwhelming… fluoride may be destroying our bones, our teeth, and our overall health.” - Dr. Hardy Limeback BSc, PhD, DDS, former President of Canadian Association of Dental Research, former head of Preventative Dentistry at the Univ of Toronto, 2006 National Research Council scientist (2007)

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I'm checking to see if there is a specialist on thyroid care within reasonable driving distance. maybe 1 or 2 visits will tell me if my primary care dr. is right-on with my issues. I can hardly wait for summer....I'm tired of feeling so cold so much of the time..it's only February & people are already wearing shorts & sleeveless clothing !   Smiley Surprised

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If you have not already done so, go to an endochrynologist.  They deal with the thyroid and thyroid diseases.  Be sure your T3 and T4 levels are tested.  It is best to fast for at least 12 hours before the test.  I hope you are feeling better.

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I have been taking Levothyroxine for several years, 25MG, lowest dosage there is. Dr. says blood panels are what they should be. I was told at one point the fatigue & cold feeling would

disappear with time. They haven't of course. Maybe my new health plan pays for a visit to a dr. who specializes in thyroid treatment.

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You have Throid problems. Get a TSH and T4 blood pannel. You will feel like a spring chicken once your on synthroid. It is taken in the morning without food for 30 minutes. 100 MCG is a good place to start. Get well Kevin

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I DO have autoimmune disease and I KNOW what it can do. If you don't know if you have AID's then have your sed rate checked, if it's 25, 30 or more than YES you have it. if lower than ?

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