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I was wondering if anyone has dealt with hypothyroid issues while trying to train/compete (especially at a high level). What sort of symptoms did you experience? Did you have an abnormally low testosterone count at the time of diagnosis? Has medication helped improve the way you feel on/off the bike?
My mothers side of the family has a history of hypothyroid issues and I have been experiencing a number of symptoms that can be related to thyroid issues (very hard weight loss/maintenance even when burning a lot of KJs, cold hands and feet, strange energy levels, etc.).
I have a doctors appointment with a full blood work up scheduled for this coming week, so I will find out for sure then. I just wanted to see what others experiences have been like.
It takes a few weeks to take effect and should not affect racing and/or training.
Many MD types dismiss thyroid or under treat it.
Also consider taking armour thyroid (porcine thyroid). Many have better results with this.
Major thing you would notice is being tired all the time, decreased performance and recovery.
If your blood tests out of range your physician will have a guide to the dosage of medication to prescribe. If not then you'll have an insight into the quality of care you're receiving.
boots2000 wrote:Go see a naturopathic doctor that understands hypothyroid and athletes.
Or see someone who can prescribe some flower juice diluted in water, will have the same effect.
The placebo effect is a beautiful thing.
"I'm not a real doctor; But I am a real worm; I am an actual worm." - TMBG
Now taking tapazole and got my T3/T4 levels back down to normal and riding again at 95% of where I was at.
Thyroid hormones can affect your mood and physical abilities tremendously; it is essential to find a perfect balance with the drugs.
I think holding back unless you feel fairly shitty might actually worsen the situation if riding is your stress outlet.
Next,even if your hormones is in range they still could be to low (or high) for your need.If you have any tests from earlier years,compare(or let the PD compare) Further investigations and tests should be performed.
If your thyroid hormones is off it is likely that more hormones is out of balance,including thestosterone . Its a big hormone orchestra playing in your body and they interplay with each other.
If you need Thyroksin (or levaxin or synthroid) its up to your doctor to decide! To play with Synthroid/Levaxin if you just think your values is wrong will leave you dead meat . Do not ever think of starting to take these medications on your own as they will indeed shut your own production down!!
If your doctor starts you on medication its important to know that everyone of us with these problems need different dose of medicine. Start slow and easy and have your values chequed 3-6 weeks after adjustment. Its also important to know that a change in medication will take a long time before you would feel any difference. Maybe as long as 8 weeks... Youre natural producton will also vary and your bloodtests is just a snapshot. (also important,take youre bloodtest early at the same time each time,with no medication taken before)Its how your feel not youre bloodvalues that should decide your medication.
Im on my 9 month of adjustment and its not settled yet.
Some people need additional medicines to feel and perform good
Before your on the correct dose you will feel that your body is not coping good to training. You will need extra time for relaxing after exercise. . You will need longer than the usual 12 minutes to get warm. And you will not be able to sustain any marathon. Its like hitting a wall when your out of sugar..Bonking? Your body temp will be low. Your rest pulse will be lower than normal.Your body muscles and joints will be aching. You could get depressed. You could get fat. This is hypo.
If youre hyper your resting pulse will be higher. You will be sweating abnormal. And you will not be able to keep up. Your body is on fast idle. You can not sleep. Your body is aching. You could get anxiety. You need medication to lower your productions of hormones.
Both states is important to correct for your athlete performance
And yes,its possible to be an elite performer. Even compete without the gland. Look up Karen Smyers.
Most of all,listen to your body! Do not over train when feeling that you shouldn't! And dont take anything you find on the internet as the "bible"
This is my personal view
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