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Help Me Fix DH!
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Hi James,

Okay, I started this discussion on the other forum. To recap, summer of 2005 my husband developed this weird cluster of symptoms. Bloating, constipation, dry mouth, painful teeth (that's probably from the dry mouth) and peripheral neuropathy in his feet.

We have been to every doctor under the sun. He did finally have a positive diagnosis of gastritis, but that wasn't until this year. That's when he finally had an upper scope done, not just a colonoscopy. We have seen a rheumatologist, an allergy specialist, of course the gastroenterologist, and even a cancer doctor b/c his wbc was down. That guy was a real prince, let me tell you.

Sjoren's, rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes, have all been ruled out. So has lupus, MS, major food allergies (although I doubt that one.)

He is currently on the Sucrafate, but only for the last month or so. It was to help the gastritis, and I don't think our doc wanted him on it forever. He has been on Levothyroxine forever, and has to take something forever. What would you recommend to replace the Levothyroxine? He did not do well on Armour, btw.

Interesting you should mention the aminos in our previous conversation, because I was planning on getting to that. I am reading a book called The Mood Cure, and that's what she recommends. Thanks for that.

What do you recommend for dry mouth? Would the bitters help with that? He chews gum constantly, and we know the fake sugars aren't helping matters at all. Chewing sugar gum is no better of an option.

Am I correct about the Nizoral contributing to low-T and therefore dry mouth?

Any help you can give me is greatly appreciated.

Gwynn
08-11-2012 04:17 PM
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Just bumping.Smile
08-14-2012 12:42 PM
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(08-11-2012 04:17 PM)Gwynn Wrote:  Hi James,

Okay, I started this discussion on the other forum. To recap, summer of 2005 my husband developed this weird cluster of symptoms. Bloating, constipation, dry mouth, painful teeth (that's probably from the dry mouth) and peripheral neuropathy in his feet.

We have been to every doctor under the sun. He did finally have a positive diagnosis of gastritis, but that wasn't until this year. That's when he finally had an upper scope done, not just a colonoscopy. We have seen a rheumatologist, an allergy specialist, of course the gastroenterologist, and even a cancer doctor b/c his wbc was down. That guy was a real prince, let me tell you.

Low white blood cell counts can be from a number of things including various medications.

Sjoren's, rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes, have all been ruled out. So has lupus, MS, major food allergies (although I doubt that one.)

He is currently on the Sucrafate, but only for the last month or so. It was to help the gastritis, and I don't think our doc wanted him on it forever. He has been on Levothyroxine forever, and has to take something forever. What would you recommend to replace the Levothyroxine? He did not do well on Armour, btw.

As long as he still has his thyroid then I would recommend the Thyroid Tonic and weaning off the Levothyroxine very slowly. Levothyroxine shuts the thyroid down even more, so the drug has to be slowly lowered to force the thyroid to work again.

Interesting you should mention the aminos in our previous conversation, because I was planning on getting to that. I am reading a book called The Mood Cure, and that's what she recommends. Thanks for that.

What do you recommend for dry mouth? Would the bitters help with that? He chews gum constantly, and we know the fake sugars aren't helping matters at all. Chewing sugar gum is no better of an option.

I recommend trying supplementing with potassium, 99mg three times daily. The Nizoral can mess with electrolytes and low potassium can cause severe dry mouth where it feels like cotton balls in the mouth.

Bitters are not going to help as far as dry mouth goes.


Am I correct about the Nizoral contributing to low-T and therefore dry mouth?

Nizoral will not affect the thyroid directly, but can indirectly. Nizoral can damage the liver and adversely affect the adrenals leading to an increase in estrogen that suppresses the thyroid. But the dry mouth would still likely be from the electrolyte imbalance.

Any help you can give me is greatly appreciated.

Gwynn

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08-21-2012 01:01 PM
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Potassium (to try to manage water retention) gave me gastritis. Is potassium rough on the stomach lining in general?
08-21-2012 04:11 PM
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Hi James,

How can I tell if he has any thyroid tissue left? Would he have to have an ultrasound?

We have an appointment with our new doctor and I am going to discuss Diabetes Insipidus with him.

Would he still need potassium if he eats bananas on a regular basis, like at least 2 a day?

Thanks for all your help,
Gwynn
08-22-2012 04:24 PM
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(08-21-2012 04:11 PM)HealthLover Wrote:  Potassium (to try to manage water retention) gave me gastritis. Is potassium rough on the stomach lining in general?

Yes, definitely. Some of the earlier pharmaceutical potassium supplements could actually burn a hole through the stomach, especially at high doses.

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08-27-2012 06:57 PM
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(08-22-2012 04:24 PM)Gwynn Wrote:  Hi James,

How can I tell if he has any thyroid tissue left? Would he have to have an ultrasound?

We have an appointment with our new doctor and I am going to discuss Diabetes Insipidus with him.

Would he still need potassium if he eats bananas on a regular basis, like at least 2 a day?

Thanks for all your help,
Gwynn

Basal body temperature reading for at least a week can be a very good indicator if the thyroid is not functioning properly.

As for potassium the levels, the levels required differ between people. There are various factors such as medications and sodium intake for examples. Potassium content of bananas also change with ripening. As the banana ripens it draws potassium from the peel increasing the level of potassium in the edible part of the banana.

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08-27-2012 07:03 PM
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