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a competitive athlete with thyroid disease(7 posts)

a competitive athlete with thyroid diseasepedaler98
Feb 9, 2002 8:44 AM
I have been diagnosed with hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid). i'm on the normal daily med, but i haven't had 100% success with that alone. i'm wondering if there are any other athletes struggling with this and what i can improve my energy levels. any advice or websites or other info would be greatly appreciated
re: a competitive athlete with thyroid diseaseJon Billheimer
Feb 10, 2002 2:44 PM
I'm 57 and have had Hashimoto's disease now for four years. I was first diagnosed while training for a double century. It took 2 1/2 years to get my synthroid dosage tuned in, as the thyroid seems to die in fits and starts. Perhaps this is what is going on with you? You need to be monitored by an attentive physician who also realizes the energy demands that athletic training places on you. Keeping your tsh for instance in the middle of the range may not do the trick for you. My blood levels are maintained right on the normal/hyper boundary and that works well for me. Good luck.
re: a competitive athlete with thyroid diseaseBruno S
Feb 10, 2002 5:15 PM
I have also hypothyroidism due to radiation therapy. First, there is no normal daily med. The dosage is highly personal and you need to experiment. Second, it is a delayed effect, it takes about a week or two for the medicine to start working. I increased my dosage until I was hyper. I only needed to sleep about five hours. I was kind of jumpy so I decreased the dosage to about the middle of the range. It took me almost a year for all this fine tunning. Having the right dosage will give you the energy to wake up better in the morning, be more motivated, and help you keep your weight down but it will not improve your performance on the bike. It is really a pain to have this condition. Good Luck
...a little more info...pedaler98
Feb 11, 2002 8:48 AM
I was diagnosed about 3 years ago and since then I have my TSH and T4 levels have been on a rollercoaster ride. I have been on every dose of synthroid fron .088 to .125 and all in between. I'll feel ok for a while, but then after a month or so i'll feel awful again. at which point, i'll see my doctor for bloodwork and usually a dosage change. In some recent reading (a book called "Thyroid Power"---very good by the way) they talked about people who need more than simply synthroid. they talked about looking into low adrenal function as well as low testosterone as two possibilities. i am wondering if anyone has info testing for these things or results of adding this to synthroid. i feel like i may need something addition help me at 100%. I know that my cycling will improve, not neccessarily from additionalmedication,but from feeling rested after night's sleep and being able to consistently train at a high level. i have gotten a referral from my dr.to see an endocrinologist so info that i could ask him about would help too. thanks
re: a competitive athlete with thyroid diseasejp2
Feb 11, 2002 10:19 AM
been there, doing that.

ok, having been trying to get dialed in now for the last 5years(almost), all i can say for me, is that a slightly too low dosage is better than slightly too high performancewise.(this is personal to me) i'd rather have the slightly sluggish feel, than the extreme sweats/leg cramps/exercise induced asthma type of feelings(nothing like trying to climb a hill only to run out of air halfway up). for me , the change over point is quite small.(i actually use an inhaler when i note the symptoms for too high a dosage) 88mcg yields one result, while 90 mcg yields the other.(currently trying 89.2) either way, i am still too cold.

not much else to say, helpwise anyway
re: a competitive athlete with thyroid diseasepedaler98
Feb 11, 2002 2:31 PM
What you describe sounds more like symptoms of Asthma. I believe what you say. I have just never heard of shortness of breath related to low thyroid.
re: a competitive athlete with thyroid diseasejp2
Feb 12, 2002 6:20 AM
if you read the label on the levythroid, it says to consult your physician for a number of reasons, one of them being difficulty breathing.

doctors gave me the inhalers to treat the symptoms, without delving into the cause or even listening to thoughts on the matter. all i can say is that i have had a direct 1:1 correlation with asthma symptoms:tsh<0.1. everytime i reach that point i go in for a blood test and end up getting my dosage changed again. i have never had this problem when tsh>5.0, though that brings a host of other problems with it ;)