I’m a 54-year-old male. I’ve had Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis since the early-nineties and was probably a contributor to my leaving cycling/racing in 1995 and ballooning up to morbidly obese proportions in the following 18 years. I’ve since been diagnosed, medicated for many years, and finally decided to return to a healthy lifestyle and cycling in 2013.
I don’t find the timing of my meds is interrupting my sleep, meals or training as I take it first AM, often that early morning nature break that is either of a sign of old age or adequate hydration
About 18 months ago, I started to notice my recovery from hard workouts was taking longer, I was constantly cold and tired, and even with careful eating and 12+ hours training a week my weight was creeping up. I chalked it up to getting older and didn’t even think I could be thyroid related since my numbers had been pretty stable for the last 10 years.
Then at last spring’s annual thyroid follow-up, I found out my thyroid function decreased drastically, my TSH, T3, and T4 where all way out of range. At that point, my endocrinologist switched me from Levothyroxine to Armour desiccated thyroid since many people have found it to be a better choice. Eight weeks later, after switching, my numbers where even worse and then I spent the next 8 months (over my racing season) trying to get the dosage dialed in so that I wasn’t hypothyroid. Last year’s racing season wasn’t horrible but not a great year either.
I’m feeling better than last year but not completely sold on the desiccated thyroid as it is >10x the price of Levothyroxine and I’m not sure I’m feeling any better than when I was dosed properly on Levothyroxine. I have my annual followup in a few weeks and I’m thinking about investigating going back to Levothyroxine and supplementing with T3.
I’m also learning that some research is saying that gluten is not good for people with auto-immune diseases. I’m not sure I could ever go completely gluten-free and have read that just a gluten-reduced diet may not offer any advantage. I also try to reduce the consumption of soy-based foods as there has been some research claiming it may lower the absorption of thyroid meds. I doubt I can ever give up beer or edamame.