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Hypothyroidism

Hypothyroidism is due to the inadequate production of thyroid hormones by the thyroid gland. The thyroid gland is a butterfly-shaped gland just under the skin on the front of the neck. Ususally, the gland is difficult, if not impossible, to feel with the hands even by trained physicians.

Thyroid hormones play a crucial role in maintaining the correct metabolic rate. If the thyroid gland doesn’t produce and secrete enough thyroid hormone into the blood stream then the metabolism will become too slow, causing the body temperature to drop and leading to classic symptoms. These symptoms include headaches, migraines, depression, easy weight gain, fluid retention, irritability, dry skin, dry hair, panic attacks, PMS, itchiness, hair loss, allergies, and many others.

Hypothyroidism is easy to diagnose. Since the purpose of the thyroid gland is to put thyroid hormones into the blood stream, thyroid blood tests can easily measure thyroid gland function. However, there are some people who have normal thyroid blood tests that still have low body temperatures and low temperature symptoms (same symptoms of hypothyroidism). Their thyroid tests are normal but their metabolisms are still slow.

This is possible because it’s not enough for the thyroid hormone, T4 to be secreted into the blood stream by the thyroid gland, it must also be activated into T3 in the tissues. T3 is the active thyroid hormone. It is 4 times more potent than T4 and 80% of it is produced in the tissues of the body (after T4 leaves the blood stream). Wilson’s Temperature Syndrome is when people have adequate levels of thyroid hormones in the blood stream, but are still suffering from slow metabolisms. This is most likely due to an impairment in the conversion of T4 to T3 in the tissues.

Thus, hypothyroidism is a problem with the thyroid gland not putting enough thyroid hormone into the blood stream, and Wilson’s Temperature Syndrome is a problem with the tissues not properly processing the thyroid hormone that comes out of the blood stream. Or, Hypothyroidism is due to inadequate production of T4 (raw material) in the thyroid gland, and Wilson’s Temperature Syndrome is due to inadequate production of T3 (active hormone) in the tissues.

 
Low Thyroid Symptoms
Body Temperatures Thyroid Blood Tests
Hypothyroidism
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Wilson’s Thyroid Syndrome
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Just because people have low body temperatures doesn’t mean they have hypothyroidism, because they may have normal thyroid blood tests, and Wilson’s Temperature Syndrome. This explains why people can still have classic low thyroid symptoms, normal thyroid blood tests, and still respond beautifully to the right kind of thyroid medicine given in the right way. This also explains how people with hypothyroidism can have their blood tests corrected with T4 and still feel poorly with classic symptoms.

They may be getting plenty of T4 but they may not be processing it properly. In other words, they may be suffering from Wilson’s Temperature Syndrome even though their hypothyroidism has been corrected. For decades, doctors have assumed that the T4 medicine they give patients to normalize their blood tests will be adequately converted to T3 in the tissues. There is no scientific basis for this assumption. The fact that patients frequently respond so dramatically and unequivocally to proper T3 therapy clearly suggests that this assumption is not only unfounded, but also incorrect.

About the Author:

Denis Wilson, MD developed the concept of Wilson 's Temperature Syndrome in 1988 after observing people with symptoms of low thyroid and low body temperature, yet who had normal blood tests. He found that by normalizing their temperatures with T3 (without T4) their symptoms often remained improved even after the treatment was discontinued.

47 Comments

  1. Terri November 15, 2013 at 7:10 pm - Reply

    I am currently coming down on my first cycle of T3…i am now on 15mcg SR twice a day. For past week, i get heart palpitations about 1 hr after i take my med….also with exercise, my legs are so sore and muscles are extremely tight…and i am so tired i feel like i ran a marathon instead of playing 2 games of curling.
    Can you tell me what is going on and what i can do to relieve the pain and fatigue

    • Dr. Denis Wilson November 20, 2013 at 10:00 am - Reply

      Since we can’t give medical advice I recommend you discuss this with your doctor. Among other things, unsteady T3 levels might explain some of what you’re describing. Your doctor can call 800.420.5801 and we discuss your case with him/her.

  2. Mary Cowgill December 2, 2013 at 9:11 am - Reply

    I read your work years ago when my TSH was starting to get too high. I am age 56, female. I kept trying to get traditional and even some holistic doctors to read your work. They only want to prescribe synthroid. I used nutritional supplements as much as I could but just about 5 weeks ago, I broke down and started on synthroid (75 mcgs) and have the classic scenario you describe. My TSH went from 13 to 2, but I have gained 6 lbs and have even worse classic thyroid symptoms. My temp seems to run 97.5 , although I have not taken it consistently in some time. I am not going to continue the synthroid and I need to find a doctor to help me take T3….I live in Perkasie, Pa. ( zip code: 18944) about an hour outside of Philadelphia. Many holistic doctors are charging upwards of $300 an hour, even for phone consults and I can’t afford that and need some guidance. I respect your work..any suggestions for me?

  3. Kirsten Vuissa December 23, 2013 at 11:40 am - Reply

    I just found your website and I feel like I just got the best Christmas present ever! For years I have struggled with ALL the symptoms you list and have been unable to figure out the mystery. I live in Austria and hope I can find a doctor who can help me regain my health. I actually feel hopeful. Thank you!

  4. becky February 7, 2014 at 9:01 am - Reply

    I am a diagnosed hosimotos patient on Armour thyroid. My lab work shows me to be in “normal” range, but I am still suffering from symptoms. I am constantly tired, cold, low or no libido, and my BBT averages around 96. I have gone gluten free and also given up dairy due to latose intolerance. I also suffer from allergies and take bimonthly shots. Before I started on Armour I was on Synthroid and found that I didn’t convert it to T3 so I started on Cytomel as well. I felt better being on both in combination. After I switched to Armour my symptoms returned.
    Can I have both Hosimotos and Wilson’s?

    • Dr. Denis Wilson February 11, 2014 at 1:44 pm - Reply

      Yes, for sure, it’s possible to have Hashimoto’s and Wilson’s. In fact, it’s possible to have hyperthyroidism (low TSH) and Wilson’s (low body temperature.

  5. Kim B. March 1, 2014 at 1:33 pm - Reply

    Will treatment for Wilson’s help resolve the Hypo?

    • Dr. Denis Wilson March 4, 2014 at 3:14 pm - Reply

      The treatment for WTS can indeed be effective for hypothyroidism.

  6. Katie March 10, 2014 at 10:16 am - Reply

    Is it possible to have been diagnosed with hypothyroidism and it actually be WTS?

    • Dr. Denis Wilson March 12, 2014 at 2:45 pm - Reply

      Yes, some people diagnosed with hypothyroidism actually have WTS, and some people that do have hypothyroidism can also have WTS.

  7. Nicole April 2, 2014 at 11:28 am - Reply

    I’m a 45 year old female and have been experiencing all of the symptoms described in Wilson’s Syndrome for ten years (with normal thyroid levels on my blood tests). My body temp runs at an average of 97.2 and has for years. My doctors have said a low temperature has nothing to do with my symptoms. I seem to get sick so often…Why don’t more medical professionals know about this health condition? Do people with Wison’s tend to contract more colds, infections due to their chronically low body temperature?

    • Dr. Denis Wilson April 4, 2014 at 11:02 am - Reply

      Yes, low temperatures can result in more colds and infections. Most doctors don’t know about the importance of low body temperatures for the same reason that most doctors don’t know much about nutrition. They’re training didn’t emphasize it. The importance of body temperature is obvious. Very low body temperatures and very high body temperatures can constitute medical emergencies. Obviously, less extreme temperature deviations can also cause problems. The thyroid regulates how fast your body operates. Even when measuring the temperatures of inanimate objects like liquids or gasses, a thermometer is literally a speedometer. When we say a liquid is hot, we mean that it’s molecules are moving faster than a liquid that is cold. Looking at the thyroid blood tests instead of your body temperature to see the speed of your metabolism is like looking at the gas gauge of your car instead of the speedometer to see how fast you’re traveling.

  8. Nicole April 2, 2014 at 11:29 am - Reply

    PS… I made an appointment with one of your trained practitioners and am crossing my fingers that it helps! Thanks for this wonderful information!

  9. Ames May 7, 2014 at 6:39 am - Reply

    I have low body temp (around 97.5) and also low blood pressure (systolic under 100 all the time). I have severe fatigue and cold intolerance, inability to concentrate, anxiety, pain all over, exercise intolerance, and weight gain. My hands and feet are so cold that they are in pain. I am wearing wool socks, thick slippers, and it is “70 degrees” and “May.” I am really struggling to function. (age 50). I feel like a lizard, I literally can’t move unless it is really warm, I sleep in wool, with a blanket, inside a mummy sleeping bag, under a down comforter, under a coverlet, and with a blanket on top of my head with the thermostat set at 70. This is causing a huge problem with my husband, especially since we live in an area where heating oil costs as much as gasoline. Well, my internist ordered 2,000 dollars worth of lab tests (all normal) and the rheumatologist thinks that I am mostly struggling with non-restorative sleep and chronic stress. The TSH was on the borderline of high, so they put me on a tiny dose of synthroid. Is it possible to take T3 treatment when you are also on some synthroid? Or would this be causing hyperthyroidism problems? Also, I was supposed to feel warmer and more energetic with exercise, but it makes me feel more tired and I need to recover from the exercise. Is that a typical symptom that you see? OH and one other thing, I get extreme itching with exercise when it is below 70 degrees. The itching is so bad I have to stop what I am doing and get warm immediately. I tried looking this up and “cholinergic urticaria” seemed to fit. Is there an exercise connection with this? Sorry to ask these questions, but I am trying to figure out whether I should seek a doctor who does this treatment. I don’t know if my insurance would cover it, so I would have to justify the expense, and my husband does not believe that anything is wrong with me.

    • Dr. Denis Wilson May 7, 2014 at 7:39 am - Reply

      It’s possible to take T3 and synthroid at the same time but it is often helpful to take the T3 alone (You should discuss this with your doctor). Low temps can contribute to urticaria and the other symptoms you mentioned. Sometimes people experience more fatigue with exercise. Sometimes, recovery is the only way to prove a person really had a problem…but even then, some people will say it is placebo, even when you never got better with any other treatments or placebos. Best :)

  10. Cathy June 2, 2014 at 10:24 am - Reply

    I cant not find a doctor that will treat me, the last time I had my thyroid checked it came back normal. . I know my thyroid is out of whack, and has been for quite some time, The doctors have put me on anxiety meds and depression meds. I whined myself of one of them. My hair falls out. I can not lose weight even with aerobic exercise of an hour a day and eating healthy. My eyebrows have thinned. my morning temp is 96.5. HELP

  11. Pam June 28, 2014 at 12:26 pm - Reply

    I have for years felt like I am trapped in someone else’s body. CT scans following a motorcycle accident revealed a couple of nodules on my thyroid gland. If I am correct, this suggests that my thyroid is producing too much hormone, yet I am anything but hyperthyroid. Though I have not done a temperature study, any time that I have had my temperature taken, it has always been approximately 97.6. I do not run fevers, even when sick – I never have. Also, a recent follow-up thyroid ultrasound shows that my nodules have increased in size – one is over 3 cm and the other is over 4 cm in diameter. The surgeon who ordered the test said that the growth was not enough to be worrisome, and he did not think another needle biopsy was necessary (I had one approximately 3 years ago). My father had half of his thyroid gland removed, and my sister recently had hers completely removed, so thyroid issues obviously run in my family (I have a daughter who also has nodules). It has been a number of years (at least five, I think), since I last had what turned out, of course, to be “normal” thyroid blood tests. I have had varicose vein surgery twice on my left leg, and while fluid retention in my left ankle has always been “normal” for me, now I am also having problems with my right ankle swelling, as well. I took a new job approximately 15 months ago, and stress is a constant in my life. New developments include constant clear throat mucous, which will NOT go away, as well as a definite “lump in my throat” feeling, especially when I lie down. A car accident four years ago left me with a damaged, always swollen spleen, which may or may not have anything to do with the chronic heartburn and acid reflux (medications do help alleviate this). My entire family is thin. I HATE the fact that I am not and that my fluid retention makes me look even heavier. I do not know which direction to take. I KNOW my thyroid needs attention, and I want my body back.

    • Dr. Denis Wilson July 2, 2014 at 5:54 am - Reply

      Hi. THyroid nodules don’t always equate with hyperthyroidism. It’s possible to have nodules and still have a normal TSH. It’s also possible to have low temps and all the symptoms of low thyroid function even though the TSH is normal. Your low temperature is enough to possibly explain your difficulties. Stress can be a very big issue as well. Thyroid and adrenal support with nutrition and hormones may be helpful to you. Perhaps you can consider visiting a doctor listed on our website.

  12. Robert Gibson August 11, 2014 at 5:07 pm - Reply

    My daughter, 32, suffers many of the symptoms described particularly insomnia and low body temperature. Hasn’t slept well for over a month. However, she sweats easily and has frequent night sweats.. She has half levels of copper and ceruloplasmin. Does not have the typical Wilson disease symptoms — 24 hour urine tests and split lamp tests prove negative. Research Doctors thought her to be a carrier of a-ceruloplasmin anemia and brain damaged due to prescribed iron supplements.

    Recent development of dystonia and manic symptoms resulting in hospitalization.
    MRI two weeks ago, does not show CU/FE accumulation in liver or brain but has extensive brain lesions particularly near basal ganglia that is consistent with those damages noted and described 20 years ago and confirmed 2 years ago.

    Does your research include/exclude her as a possible match ?

    • Dr. Denis Wilson August 12, 2014 at 8:11 am - Reply

      Wilson’s disease refers to copper storage disease. Wilson’s Temperature Syndrome has to do with low body temperatures that come on especially due to stress. Low temps can contribute to insomnia. WTS is often a response to stress and health problems. Some people have WTS alone, or in response to other health problems.

  13. Lori October 21, 2014 at 7:13 am - Reply

    Can someone who has had a thyroidectomy have WTS? I ask because my thyroid was removed in 2008 and I am being treated with Synthroid. Current TSH 0.10, T4 1.8 and Total T3 at 87. My pulse is 60 and I have other hypo symptoms/low temp/high cholesterol. My doctor wants reduce my Synthroid and send me for an EKG for bracycardia. She dismisses fatigue and muscle aches/tension as getting older…I am only 44 and feel 80!

    • Dr. Denis Wilson October 21, 2014 at 7:36 am - Reply

      Absolutely! Lots of thyroidectomy patients on Synthroid are suffering the effects of low body temperatures due to WTS.

  14. Theresa December 16, 2014 at 10:37 pm - Reply

    Curious if you are aware of any connection between low temperature and urticaria vasculitis? Brief background on my situation: horrific car accident 18 years ago, 2 blood transfusions, steel plate in hip, screws in ankles…after a year of therapy was fine and worked as a tv news reporter for 14 years – specializing in medical stories/research. But 4 years ago (suspiciously, to me, after a trip to Costa Rica) I started breaking out in hot painful welts – no body part is sacred. I live in St. Louis, MO and have access to some of the best research doctors but no one has been able to find a cause or help me – aside from extreme doses of prednisone 80mgs. I even spent 2 weeks at the Mayo Clinic and after 3 skins biopsies, bone marrow biopsy and countless blood tests…I was diagnosed with urticaria vasculitis. Still no cause and no relief aside from the aforementioned miracle poison – prednisone. I have for about 8 years suffered from feeling like I am on fire on the inside, hot flashes, excessive sweating even in temps just above freezing. I’ve been tested for menopause from ages 32-41 and that’s not it. They did discover a thyroid issue and I have been on liothyronine for 8 years…but the sweating, burning from the inside out, etc. has never gone away. I often have thermometer readings from 94-99. My doctors tell me the “on fire feeling” is just from the inflammation of my blood vessels – yet this occurs even when not having an episode. In the past 4 years I have been put on several auto immune suppressant drugs but nothing works – again, except extreme doses of prednisone. So, curious if you have found anything in your research and studies to indicate a correlation to vasculitis? Any doctors who you work with in the St. Louis area? I haven’t found many doctors, more like none, receptive to exploring possibilities on causes – would rather order a bone marrow biopsy than a simple parasite test that I requested. (I have severe B-12, B-6, B-1 deficiencies, fatigue and found a few medical studies linking parasites and vasculitis.) Oh, and I see that iodine was mentioned…I’m allergic to shellfish…are there iodine free options? Sorry for the novella but I am at my wits end and trying to be my own health advocate as many medical providers have given up on me. I understand you cannot give individual medical advice per say but any guidance on research, providers, etc. would be much appreciated! Very gratefully, Theresa

    • Dr. Denis Wilson December 21, 2014 at 1:07 pm - Reply

      Hi Theresa :), No I don’t have any experience or knowledge about a relationship between low temperatures and vasculitis. One professional allergy association of doctors says that allergy to shellfish should not be equated to an allergy to iodine. Once, I had a patient who had a $30,000 workup at a famous medical research hospital that turned up nothing. We found a low temperature in her on a $6 thermometer. We normalized her temperature and her symptoms resolved. The only way to rule out low temperature as a potential cause is to normalize the temperature and see if the symptoms persist. Here’s where you can look for doctors: http://www.wilsonssyndrome.com/patients/medical-providers/

  15. Maryann January 15, 2015 at 2:05 pm - Reply

    I am one who believes that medicine ignores patients when they say they feel better.
    And so how have you responded to The American Thyroid Association’s response to your protocol in thyroid.com? Particularly to their claim that this protocol might be harmful to bones and heart?

  16. Maryann January 15, 2015 at 2:10 pm - Reply

    My thyroid problem – which did not show up on tests but did energetically and in symptomology – was resolved via resolving adrenal stress via natural herbs.and glandular extracts. Felt better than in my pre-adolescence!!!

  17. Sheila March 21, 2015 at 3:26 pm - Reply

    My family doctor diagnosed me with hypothyroid 2.5 years ago and started me on a low dose of Synthroid. I slowly improved, then slowly deteriorated, until last Fall, I functioned very poorly, and by December, I was nearly bed-ridden with fatigue. My lab results were within the “normal” range, but after much research, I pleaded and convinced her to increase my Synthroid. I improved a bit, after 2 weeks, but I’m already deteriorating. My latest labs show that my TSH is on the low end of the normal range, but so is my free T4. She won’t increase my Synthroid because my TSH is low. When I pointed out to her that my body temp is always low, she said “there could be lots of reasons for that”. I have many symptoms, other than fatigue and low body temp – including Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, stiff muscles, sore hips, brain fog, constipation – in fact, 1/2 of the symptoms on a checklist for WTS. I just don’t know where to go from here. I live an hour from Calgary, but there are only two M.D.’s in Alberta, on your list of practitioners (one in Edmonton & one in Medicine Hat). I don’t know how to make her hear me, that I’m not functioning normally and it’s not age-related (I’m not even 50, and my parents both function better than I do!).

  18. Sheila March 25, 2015 at 7:47 am - Reply

    Thank you for your reply, Dr. Wilson. I will try these suggestions.

  19. Geoffrey Dahl April 13, 2015 at 1:27 pm - Reply

    hi Dr. Wilson…i am writing you from Germany on behalf of a family member.I am a registered nutritionist from Canada originally.
    She is a 33 year old female who had a partial thyroidectomy 7 years ago.Is Wilson’s temp. syndrome common in this case? This past fall her remaining side of the gland began to swell, she developed nodules it became hot.her doctor wanted to remove the remaining gland. When she went to the hospital the head of endocrinology looked at her situation and refused the surgery hoping to try and deal with it another way. This was 4 months ago. After trying nutritional adjustment her condition has stablized…and thyroid levels are low to normal…however she has gained over 30 lbs. in 3 months…eating only around 1500 calories per day..and including 1 hr. fitness program…previously she was very fit…We read about the WTD and measured her temps. every 3 hrs. for a week…they are slightly low all the time in celcius 36.3 average and never higher than 36.5 .They should be at 37 cel. We wanted to try and supplement with iodine but in germany the largest amount allowed for sale is 200mcg. per dose.and the doctors won’t give her the T3. nor iodine and didn’t check iodine levels. is it worth trying the iodine treatment to help feed the remaining thyroid gland…will this be of benefit in raising her temp. and if so how much would be a good dosage to start with and how long till we see a change in temperature if any.Also is there any literature in the german language that explains Wilson’s temp. syndrome…the doctors here do not seem too aware of it…we would like to show them something in german if possible..

    • Dr. Denis Wilson April 19, 2015 at 8:20 am - Reply

      Hi Geoffrey :) People with partial thyroidectomies can get WTS, though I don’t know if it’s any more common than people that are euthyroid. Her low temperature would be enough to explain the symptoms she’s having. ThyroCare has 100 mcg/dose. Suggested starting use is 1 to 2 capsules twice daily. We can’t make claims about it treating or correcting any problems since it is a dietary supplement. Unfortunately, we do not have any materials in German. Best wishes :)

  20. tony zamberlin May 29, 2015 at 11:46 am - Reply

    Hello,
    I have adrenal fatigue and low cortisol. I also have low body temps. I already have enough (if not too much adrenalin). I hear adaptogens can overstimulate you, which i do not need. I have plenty of energy already! Do you recommend taking adrenal cortex for this and also is it ok to try the thyroid supplment you have at the same time? Thanks

    My cortisol on saliva test i had done is as follows:
    I had it done 3 times in one day.
    9am: .23 lab range (.04-.56)
    1pm: .19 lab range ( less than or equal to .15)
    5pm: .05 lab range (less than or equal to .15)

    • Dr. Denis Wilson June 2, 2015 at 5:17 am - Reply

      Adaptogens are called adaptogens because they people that are high or low cortisol to adapt. They tend to provide a balancing support. I usually recommend herbs over adrenal cortex and yes, it’s ok to use ThyroCare with Adaptogens. In fact, ThyroCare contains Ashwagandha which is an adaptogen.

  21. tony zamberlin June 17, 2015 at 6:01 am - Reply

    My doctor gave me 12.5 mcg to take two to three times a day. It’s the instant release though not sustained release. It’s 25 mcg pills but told me to break in half.

  22. Margaret Moseley July 20, 2015 at 3:51 am - Reply

    i have gained 80 some pounds since dec 2014 my temp run from 96 to 97 all the time. Right now now I’m so full of fluid my legs ache in the joint. I have been begging to be put on IV Lasix. I had this trouble last year and was gains 20 pounds a day. Beside low temp . I have thinning hair brittle nails weight a few more symptoms . I am 68 years old. In dec of2014 I weighed 266 pounds and as of yesterday I weighed 356 pounds. I don’t have pulmonary edema but the weight gain in lower torso. I thought this might have been do to my lymphedema. I am in a nursing home in Alabama I need help but afraid the doctor won’t listen to me. Just don’t know what to do. Hopefully I will be going to hospital in am to get IV Lasix. I am at my wits end don’t know how to get this checked out. I’m in crossville ala rehab and nursing home . Asking doctor to see if maybe this is my problem.

    • Dr. Denis Wilson July 27, 2015 at 6:28 am - Reply

      Hi Margaret! I will be happy to discuss this issue with your physician for free. He can make the arrangements by call 800.420.5801. Best!

  23. Linda September 13, 2015 at 10:35 am - Reply

    Thank you for listening. I am 67 and July 13th my TSH was 0.01 and T4, free was 1.4. This was done by my dermatologist because my hair is thinning pretty fast. She told me to see my primary physician. On August 16th he said everything was fine. I asked him to do further testing asked for a copy of his results and my TSH was 0.10 and T3 was 31, T4 (thyroxine) Total was 6.2 and Free T4 was 1.9. I am currently on Lovothyroxin 100mcg once daily and Liothyronine 5mcg 2 a day. Do you think my results are normal. Thank you so much!
    Linda

    • Dr. Denis Wilson September 13, 2015 at 12:23 pm - Reply

      Hi Linda :) The ranges of normal for each test should be listed on your blood test results. Your TSH is definitely on the low side. This would suggest that you have more than adequate supply of thyroid hormones from the medicines you’re taking. However, if your body temperatures are still low and you’re still having complaints that would suggest you have inadequate thyroid hormone expression, possibly due to inadequate intracellular thyroid hormone conversion.

  24. Kristine December 2, 2015 at 10:34 am - Reply

    I diagnosed myself in 2002 after a misdiagnoses from my OBGYN.
    (heavy periods were treated with balloon ablation & 3 shots of LUPRON!)
    My uterus is now so shrunken I cannot get a pap smear. I was told my uterus is like cobwebs.
    I read an article in SELF MAGAZINE, called “Medical Mishaps”, and took it to my now ex-OBGYN.

    I am currently taking 100mcg of SYNTHROID every morning.
    I am always freezing no matter how much I bundle up.
    Dr Oz said to take your “basel temp” before you get out of bed, for (3) days.
    He said: “if it is UNDER 97.8, see your doctor.”

    Mine is 97.5 while on SYNTHOID.
    Do I call and tell my endo?
    I have been more tired lately, even though he called over a week ago to tell me to stay on the same dose of Synthroid.
    Do I need “cytomel” added?
    Thanks for any direction or tell me if it means nothing.

    • Dr. Denis Wilson December 5, 2015 at 5:38 pm - Reply

      The purpose of thyroid medicine is to provide you a normal metabolic rate. If your temperature is low while on thyroid medicine then it’s not working. You may want to visit a doctor listed on our website.

  25. Loraine van Vuuren December 17, 2015 at 11:49 am - Reply

    I am 51 and lives on the Gold Coast of Australia. Do you know doctor’s here to recommend please?

  26. Lynn April 20, 2016 at 11:16 am - Reply

    My 18 year old daughter has recently been diagnosed hypothyroid. Her blood test was normal for TSH and T4 but low T3. She was also tested at the age of 15 and her T3 was on the low side then also. Over the last 2 months she has tried both Armour and Thyrocsin. She reacted badly to both (felt really lethargic, emotionally unstable, depressed, headaches, etc.) . Her symptoms are classic, cold all the time, hair falling out, unexplained weight gain, chronic tendonitis, injuries that won’t heal, etc. She has been training to be a professional dancer which means at least 6 hours a day 6 days a week in the studio. She was under an immense amount of physical and emotional stress last year as well as months of not eating enough due to scheduling her meals around classes etc. A year ago she developed tendonitis in her ankle and it wouldn’t heal. Then a pulled muscle, etc. needless to say she has been sidelined the last six months trying to figure out what is going on. She has also tested positive for 1 copy of the MTHFR- C677T gene mutation. She has been (at the advice of our ND) been trying different detox protocols with marginal success.

    I have contacted our doctor about trying your protocol and haven’t heard back yet. My question is, do you think she would benefit from ThyroCare? Or would it be best to put her directly on the WT3 protocol? Right now she is only taking Basic Nutrients III by Thorne which is giving her a small amount of both iodine and selenium which I know are both important for her situation. She seems to feel better right now than she has in months.

    There are several doctors in our area that use your protocol but we are hoping that our doctor will be willing to give this a try.

    Thank you SO much for all the work you are doing to help people get their health back!

    • Dr. Denis Wilson April 24, 2016 at 7:06 pm - Reply

      Hi Lynn :) Since ThyroCare is a dietary supplement, no claims are allowed for treating any problem or disease.

  27. rhonda August 25, 2016 at 9:32 am - Reply

    I had a total thyroidectemy on Feb 2, 2016. I left the hospital with Synthroid .150 mcg. My endo has consistently decreased my meds every six weeks based on my blood levels. I am currently taking .88 mcg of Synthroid and 5 mg of Cytomel. My latest blood test revealed my TSH was .37 and T4 was 1.01.
    I feel horrible! Leg aches and cramps, fatigue, weight gain (almost 20 lbs since Feb), constipation, dry hair, dry skin, and itchiness. The endo feels that i need to give my meds time to work. My patience is running thin and I need some relief.
    I am just learning about Wilson’s, so I have not checked my temperature. I really need some answers. I want to feel like myself again.
    Is it possible to take ThyroCare in addition to my T3 and T4 meds?
    Thank you for your help!

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