Hashimoto's Thyroiditis

by Kaur
(Australia)

Hello Wray, I am 39 years old female. Recently diaganosed with Hashimoto's Thyroiditis. Having weight gain, hair loss, bloating, depression etc.

Last year I tried Progesterone Cream 30 mg once a day, everyday. My symptoms went worse. I applied it for 6 months but then I gave up. During that time I gained 8 kilos of weight... lots of fluid retention. Now I am on Thyroid medication... T3 40mg and T4 200mg. Still my symptons are not improving. I really need help.

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Jul 13, 2010
Hashimoto's Thrgoiditis
by: Anonymous

You probably were not taking near enough dose of progesterone and just enough to make your symptoms worse... increasing the effects of estrogen dominance. I am sure Wray will respond with great detail. The good news is there is relief available. I have to take a high dose of progesterone. Finding the correct dose can take some time (trial and error), but 30 mg is extremely low especially based on the symptoms you were having.

Good Luck!!

Jul 14, 2010
Hashimoto's Thyroiditis
by: Wray

Hi Kaur I'm not a great believer in 'autoimmune' diseases, as it's only the symptoms which are looked for and treated. Often there is an underlying cause that's ignored. For instance your symptoms are also typical of low progesterone and excess oestrogen. Oestrogen also slows the thyroid down. As the anonymous contributor correctly says, you used far too low an amount of progesterone. This would have caused oestrogen to be stimulated continuously, merely adding to your symptoms. Oestrogen is a mitogen, causing cells to divide and multiply, including fat cells, it also causes water retention! For more info please see our web page on Oestrogen Dominance. The amount to use should be between 100-200mg/day, and as the contributor points out it is trial and error finding the correct amount. If you do consider using it again at a higher amount, it's essential you read the page on oestrogen dominance. Selenium deficiency is implicated in Hashi's, has anyone checked your level? Please see here. But for me the most significant factor about autoimmune diseases is a far greater percentage of women suffer from them than men. Why? I believe it's due to the much higher level of oestrogen women have. This is always high in inflammatory diseases, in fact it's known as a pro-inflammatory hormone. It also stimulates MMP's, these enzymes break down protein and in excess initiate inflammation, they are also always high in inflammatory diseases. Progesterone is an anti-inflammatory hormone, and suppresses both oestrogen and MMP's. Finally please have a vitamin D test done. As you live in Australia your level is probably very low, as you've all been told to cover up and use sunscreen when out doors. Vitamin D is such a vital substance, and a malfunctioning thyroid is but one of the problems that occurs when too low. Take care Wray

Jul 14, 2010
Hashimoto's Thyroiditis
by: Wray

Hi there Thanks for your comments, spot on! Take care Wray

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