December 12th, 2010

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heads-up/warning

So you guys, here's a good reason not to take OTC thyroid medication.

I have lots of the symptoms of hypothyroidism.  But it turns out I also have very low cortisol levels, which suggests adrenal or pituitary problems that may be making the thyroid hormones less effective (or I may just have multiple failing glands).

And as far as I currently understand,  thyroid medication can make the other stuff worse.  And lower cortisol levels than I have (morning cortisol of 0.3, when normal is 6+) could be fatal.

So, I know dealing with the medical establishment can be immensely frustrating.  And I know this wet-rag feeling is AWFUL and one just wants to Do Something about it.  Just, y'know.  Be aware that Doing Something without full knowledge can kill you, okay?
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happy birthday!

Happy birthday tithenai , seajules , and mariadeira !
And happy belated birthday csecooney  and beth_bernobich !

Goodness you guys are a birthday-cluster of sheer awesomeness!  :)

...though I have no poetry for any of you this year.  Was hoping to have a picture bit at least but I ran into a wall in my head and it's not done :(

So consider this a birthday IOU; the next bit I post will be specially for you guys.