I believe I am hypothyroid but I wasn't sure if I had hashimotos or not, so I decided to try and supplement selenium and iodine. I supplemented 200mcg selenium + 2/3 brazil nuts day 1 with about 500 mcg of iodine. Next day same amount of selenium and 1 mg of iodine. Few hours later and I feel like my heart is beating against my chest(heart papitations) and I'm very jittery + tingly in my fingers.
Is this a hashimotos response? Anything to do to reduce these symptoms? I'm going to stop supplementing iodine and see a doctor.
Is there any possibility of this being a bromide detox? I haven't had any negative symptoms accept for this jittery feeling.
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on November 07, 2012
at 04:39 AM
a few personal observations (i am not a doctor btw);
i. i don't think your heart palpitations were a bromide detox symptom, more likely thyroid related. Bromide detox symptoms usually shows up as "crap" exiting your body, have a look here for supposed iodine related bromide symptoms.
ii. i would limit your selenium to 200 mcg per day in total from all sources (so do not do the brazil nuts and the supplement).
iii. Paul Jaminet recommends taking it very slowly with supplemental Iodine to prevent thyroiditis.
"Start at 225 mcg and double dose no faster than monthly." http://perfecthealthdiet.com/recommended-supplements/
iv. you have done the right thing to stop supplementing until you have seen your doctor and had blood taken. this will prevent a misleading TSH number.
"when a person starts to take iodine after being deficient. The body increases TSH to stimulate production of thyroglobulin which is used to bind to the iodine in thyroid hormone production. Individuals can have TSH levels as high as 75 for up to 6 months without clinical signs of hypothyroidism. The best values to check with labs if there is a concern are the Free T3 and Free T4. You will find in most cases that the ???frees??? are nicely within the ranges." http://steppingstonesliving.com/resources/iodine/
on November 07, 2012
at 02:33 AM
No way of knowing without a blood test - the ones you want are TPO and tgAB. Also, make sure your doctor orders free t3 and t4, TSH is worthless.
Your iodine experiment sounds like what happened to me when I tried to supplement (I have Hashimotos). Best to get checked out by a doctor and get your hormone levels so you can decide on a treatment.