After going from doctor to doctor, I have decided to purchase my thyroid medication online and adjust the dosage myself. I will continue to look for a doctor who understands Hashimoto's disease and who is willing to prescribe NDT. Since I am the only one who knows how I feel, how could I possibly expect lab results to make me feel better? And since the doctors I have seen all treat based on lab results, it's no wonder I wasn't getting any better.
As for the supplements? I'm working on that. There's so many available and so much that's unknown. For a time there, I was buying supplement after supplement; trying everything I could get my hands on. Did they work? I'm not sure. I was still in the process of finding the best dose of NDT for me. I do know that coconut oil helps tremendously. It helped with weight loss, (I was well over 200lbs, am now I'm at a very healthy 150lbs and have been this weight for about a year or so now), and I cook with it because it doesn't turn into a bad fat when heated. The only other thing I use right now is Curcumin. Curcumin is a natural anti-inflammatory. Those of us with Hashi's tend to have inflammation, and Curcumin helps. I take 2 curcumin pills in a teaspoon of coconut oil once or twice a day. The texture isn't wonderful, but it tastes ok. Sure beats cod liver oil hands down. Other than that, I eat healthy and that will just have to do.
I really hope to find a doctor who will work with me. Hashimoto's isn't the easiest disease to treat. Especially because as the seasons change, my dose requirements change too. I can't stay on the same dose all year. In the summer I tend to require less NDT than in the winter. Doctors don't understand this. Or maybe they do, but don't have the time to see the same patient every 6 to 8 weeks.
To anyone reading this who has Hashi's, please try to work with a doctor. I really don't recommend doing this alone. Even though I'm dosing myself, I'm keeping my family doctor aware of what I'm doing.