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   Posted 2/23/2007 8:50 PM (GMT -6)   

I'm writing to say that I've finally found a doctor to treat me with Cortef and Armour.

I start Cortef tomorrow (2.5mg) and slowly work my way up to 15mgs in 15 days. She thinks it's going to take 20-25mgs for me to feel better, but at day 15, she will decided if Armour will be needed.

I just wanted to give you guys an update.



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   Posted 2/24/2007 8:16 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Ambients, but we all deserve to get better :-)

Cortef (hydrocortisone) is a corticosteroid. Like Prednisone and Medrol, it's used as for inflamation, azthma, but it's also used for low cortisol production. People that have addisons disease (the adrenal glands no longer produce cortisol) are on a high dose of Cortef to replace what the body needs. I'm just on a much lower and safer dosage. Many people say that these types of drugs can cause weight gain, however if I'm feeling better, I'll be eating better and exercising.

Here is the explanation of Armour from it's website.

"Armour® Thyroid—A natural replacement for thyroid hormone
When a thyroid is either underactive, nonfunctioning, or has been all or partly surgically removed, you may be hypothyroid. The diagnosis is made by your physician. The traditional treatment for hypothyroidism is thyroid hormone replacement, which involves taking a prescription drug (T4, T3, or a combination product containing both T4 and T3) that acts similarly in the body to the human hormone thyroxine that the thyroid would normally produce.
Armour® Thyroid, one of several drugs available for the treatment of hypothyroidism, is a naturally derived thyroid replacement containing both T4 and T31. Other products are available which contain synthetic T4 and/or synthetic T3."

I had a Saliva test done that showed my cortisol levels are extrememly low. This fits my symptoms to a T. I've also been through a series of tests (you can check out my other threats for info on that)

Thanks again for the good luck.


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   Posted 2/25/2007 11:41 AM (GMT -6)   
Good Orion!

Do you have estrogen dominance? I have that too. My ZRT test results said so. Read the second sheet of your ZRT results...that's where it says it.

Estrogen dominance effects T4 to T3 conversion, adrenals ...and it also can cause candida. Estrogen encourages the bad bacteria in the intestines to grow out of control. Estrogen dominance causes weight gain, water retention, enlarged breast....cancer, and more.

I've been putting it off, but I'm going to take calcium deglucarate. It's detoxifies the bad or artificial estrogen out that we get from plastics(plastics mimics estrogen) and other things. Almost everything that we use is plastis these days. Tea tree oil also mimics estrogen.

You can research calcuim deglucarate and estrogen dominance. Estrogen dominance has the same symptoms as adrenal fatigue and hypothyroidism, because it effects the adrenal and the thyroid and cause one to have adrenal fatigue and hypothryoidism.

I now believe that my overall problem is estrogen dominance for the simple fact that I'm taking hormones for the thyroid and adrenals and it just seems that I'm missing something. I'm following my gut.

I've been putting it off, because I thought that detoxing alone without calcium deglucarate would get the estrogen out...and then I thought that using wild yam to relieve high estrogen symptoms and detoxing would be enough too. Everything has been working...but not quick enough.

So, now I will tackle estrogen alone. One of my books recommended it for estrogen dominance, but I choose to do it a different way.

I feel that this is it. Well...I'm on to the next step...still moving in the right direction.

Calcuim deglucarate also reduces testosterone.

I have adrenal fatique(or one of the many names that is called), abnormal hormone levels and hypothyroidism(tissue resistance to thyroid hormones).

Meds: Armour Thyroid, Wild Yam Progesterone Cream, and lots of supplements in addition to my multi-vitamins.

Post Edited (Tru) : 2/25/2007 1:42:17 PM (GMT-7)

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