Hi, I am new here, but kind of frantic for some ideas. So although this doesn’t improve the conversation, maybe someone has some experience or ideas that might turn me in the right direction. Due to get blood draw and see the doc next week and I’d like to go prepared.
My big problem is that on keto w.o.e., my thyroid symptoms got worse. Much worse. Keto for 6 months, dropped 49 lbs, and I feel fantastic. (I am currently taking levothyr 50 mcg.) But I don’t get the increased energy others report, no, I am more tired. My skin and nails are drier. And the heartbreaking thing is that I am losing my hair at a very, very alarming rate.
Searching the vast ocean of the Internet mostly produced advice to bring back carbs, ask doc for armour dessicated thyroid, or add cytomel T3. None seemed to have strong science backup.
I don’t want to add carbs back in.
And t3? Not so fast…
Recent article by Dr Phinney discussing a theory on the mechanism of lower T3 with keto:
And your website had a fantastic, tough going for me, 2014 literature review article on lower T3 as an adaptation to preserve lean, muscle, tissue:
Thank goodness for this article and for Dr Phinney’s! I will not be asking the doc for added T3.
I read that hair loss is one of the listed side effects of levothyroxine. Could it be that, I wonder, that my dose is now too high? Can levothyr cause the very hypothyroid symptoms it is supposed to ameliorate?