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ask: Why can you not take a dietary supplement after thyroid removal?

By dawnglass
 
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I had my thyroid removed 2 years ago. It no longer functioned. (non-cancerous). But there were nodules on it. I have been on synthroid all this time. Continue to gain weight, tired every afternoon, and crave sugar like I will never get it again. All my levels- T4, ect. are checked every 3 months and are at the right level. I started taking a dietary supplement and felt wonderful, took off 13 lbs in 3 weeks. Then started having weird pain in my neck(where my thyroid had been), fluttery, bubbley feeling, then a tingling going up into my head. I called my dr. he told me to stop immedietly on the supplement. Now the weight has come back, tiredness all over again. Why would this happen?

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Alison Beaver

dawnglass,

What dietary supplement did you take? It may have more to do with the actual ingredients in the supplement, and not as much related to your thyroid removal. Many dietary supplements or weight-loss pills also have ingredients that can severely interact with your current medications (such as synthroid).

I am so glad to hear that you called your doctor right away with your symtpoms, and I think this is an important reminder to women to check with their doctor or pharmacist before taking a new medication, supplement (whether "natural" or "healthy" or "herbal" or not), as many of these ingredients can interact with your current medications.

I hope to hear back from you, regarding what type of dietary supplement you took, and what type of active (and inactive) ingredients it contains.

October 11, 2009 - 8:26pm
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