A few months ago, I was diagnosed hypothyroid and also with HPA Axis dysfunction. In an effort to try to heal my body, I am working with a functional medicine doctor to come up with a plan of action. My doctor started me on 60mg (1 grain) of natural desiccated thyroid to help with the hypothyroidism. After a few days of being on it, I was feeling worse. I had increased anxiety, fatigue, couldn’t keep my eyes open, and just felt like garbage. I felt much worse than before I started it! I called, and they said there are a couple reasons that NDT doesn’t work for someone.
Adrenal problems. Unfortunately, if you have adrenal issues, taking NDT can make your symptoms worse. In an effort to hopefully help my adrenals, I have ordered and am going to be doing a cortisol saliva test. This will give me a better idea of when I am high or low in cortisol and I can take adaptogens or other supplements to help. I wasn’t sure if the test was necessary, as my doctor said it really doesn’t matter if you are high or low- you treat it with adaptogens either way, but the more I read, the more I see that can be not true. Sometimes people can have really low cortisol and if you take certain adaptogens it can lower it even more, which is not good. I figure I’ll do this test and be able to come up with more of a treatment plan.
Iron problems. If your iron levels are off, you can also have problems with thyroid hormone replacement medicine. My doctor told me iron was fine- she actually said that my ferritin is high, which can be a marker of inflammation actually. I think I’m going to ask her to run a panel of four tests to check all the iron markers.
I’m unsure of the next steps after I work on healing my adrenals, but hopefully it won’t be too long and I’ll be able to try the NDT again if I need it. Such a confusing process! The hard thing is that adrenals and thyroid are so closely linked that you really can’t work on one without working on the other. One of the biggest things to help the adrenals is how you deal with stress, and in this day and age that’s not an easy feat! I’m thinking that in a few months I’ll be feeling a lot better and will be able to help others heal as well.
I am not a doctor, and this is just my personal experience. Please visit a medical professional for any medical questions you may have.