Hypothyroidism Insomnia

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5 Warning Signs Your Hashimoto's Hypothyroidism is Being Mismanaged

By Dr. Robert Boydston D.C.

"Your thyroid levels are in the normal range now, take these antidepressant's, they will help with your depression." These may be some of the most dangerous words a low thyroid sufferer will ever hear.

According to the Endocrine Society, upwards to 80 or 90 percent of hypothyroidism in the United States, is caused from an autoimmune mechanism called Hashimoto's Autoimmune Thyroid. This means the cause of the hypofunction is the immune system attacking your own gland.

Literally the immune system slowly chews up the thyroid gland and you lose normal thyroid hormone output. Over time your hormone levels will slowly decrease because it continually loses cells from the immune attack.

Here are 5 Warning Signs that you may have hypothyroidism from an immune mechanism, and that the treatment your are currently receiving is not adequate or complete enough for your particular condition:

1) The dose of your thyroid replacement hormone continually goes up over time.

If you are continually having your thyroid medication increased, this means that your are losing more and more thyroid function. Your immune system is most likely the culprit. Hormone replacement does not address the continual immune attack against the gland. If your doctor is not addressing the immune attack, you are going to continue to suffer.

2) You still suffer with hypothyroid symptoms, yet your doctor tells you that your thyroid is now "normal".

If your latest labs show that your hormone levels are in the "normal range", yet you continue to suffer with the same symptoms, you are most likely not getting the proper management of your condition.

This is a huge sign that you have Hashimoto's disease. The proteins, called cytokines, that are used by the immune system to communicate amongst each other, block the hormone receptor sites. This means you can have normal hormone levels showing on a lab report, and still not have a normal thyroid metabolic responses. Working on the immune system is the only way to fix this problem.

3) Your doctor never checked for antibodies against the gland.

If you suffer with hypothyroidism, then you have a high probability of having Autoimmune Thyroid. If your doctor didn't bother to check antibody levels, or refuses to check antibody levels, you are most likely not receiving the proper treatment. The two most important antibodies to check are Thyroid Perioxidase Antibodies (TPO Ab) and Thyroglobulin Antibodies (TBG Ab).

4) Your doctor continually checks your antibody levels.

This may seem counter-intuitive since I just mentioned that you should have your antibody levels checked. I include this because, replacement hormones do not affect the immune system. It makes no sense to continually check antibodies if the doctor is not doing any treatment to affect the immune system. If your doctor is trying to decrease your antibody levels with replacement therapy, you are not getting the proper treatment. Watch for this. It is a sign that your doctor really doesn't understand the mechanisms causing your problem.

5) You begin to get individual prescriptions for various thyroid symptoms.

If you are getting treated with antidepressants for hypothyroid based depression, it means that the replacement hormone treatment is most likely not working. With Hashimoto's you can have normal thyroid hormone levels and still suffer with symptoms, including depression. Treatment needs to be focused on immune modulation, if you want to fix the actual cause of the problem.

If you suffer with hypothyroidism, and you live in the United States, then the most likely reason you have this condition is from an autoimmune reaction called Hashimoto's Disease. Treating this condition with replacement hormone, while ignoring the immune component, is like treating a slow bleed with blood transfusions and failing to stop the site of the bleed. Without immune modulation then the viscious cycle of thyroid gland destruction, by the immune system, will continue. You can use the warning signs outlined as a guide to help you determine if you are receiving the proper management of your hypothyroid condition.

About the Author: Dr. Robert Boydston is a Board Certified Doctor of Chiropractic, and a national leader in Natural Autoimmune Thyroid Treatment. He is sought worldwide for his expertise in natural autoimmune modulation. You can request his Hashimoto's Thyroid Recovery Report by visiting http://www.drboydston.com/thyroid.html Click Here to download his Free Hashimoto's Recovery Report

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10 Responses to Hypothyroidism Insomnia

  1. Only Mama Knows says:

    Could taking synthroid cause insomnia?
    I take synthroid for my hypothyroidism and metformin for my prediabetes. Could either of these cause insomnia? Thanks!

    • SugarBabie says:

      Yes, synthroid can definately cause this. It can also cause anxiety and panic attacks.

      You need to take it early in the morning, about an hour before you eat breakfast. Take it on an empty stomach, with a glass of water, and nothing else. Keep it by your bedside table so you don’t forget to take it as soon as you wake up. Then have your shower, etc and have breakfast last, so there is as much time as possible between taking it and eating. Vitamins, minerals, some foods and even other meds can interfere with it. You need to get it into your system before anything else and as early as possible in the day.

      Do not take any vitamins or supplements with it, as they can make it less effective. Taking it in the morning helps avoid the insomnia from it. If you find that it still causes insomnia after a couple of weeks after taking it in the morning, you should talk to your doctor about reducing your dose.

      If your thyroid is underactive, you NEED this medication, so work with your doctor or pharmacist to find the right dose for you.

      Some people just don’t tolerate this medication well. I’m one of them.
      This was the advice my pharmacist gave me. She’s on the same medication and had the same problems.

      Good luck!

      Side Effects of Synthroid – for the consumer


      All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome when using Synthroid:

      Anxiety; diarrhea; flushing; mood swings; muscle weakness; partial, temporary hair loss; sleeplessness; stomach cramps; tiredness; vomiting.

      Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur when using Synthroid:

      Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); changes in appetite; changes in menstrual periods; chest pain; difficulty breathing; excessive sweating; fast heartbeat; fever; headache; hives or skin rash; hyperactivity; inability to handle warm or hot room/weather conditions; irregular heartbeat; irritability; leg cramps; nervousness; pounding in the chest; seizures; shortness of breath; tremors; weight gain or weight loss.

  2. AN says:

    Has your hypothyroidism ever caused insomnia as in hard to fall asleep but hard to get up?

    • Margaret says:

      Yes, I’ve had that problem for years. I take a small dose (25 mg.) of trazodone at bedtime to help me sleep. It’s an older antidepressant that has a strong sedative quality. Another thing that helps is 3 mg. of melatonin. Some people say it doesn’t work or that it gives them headaches, but it worked like a charm for me. I have also tried half a tablet of an over the counter sleep aid such as Unisom. The problem with a full dose is that they take longer to work and can cause me to feel woozy the next day, but your experience may vary.

      All this time I thought the insomnia was due to me being neurotic and not the hypothyroidism! So thanks for making me feel better.

  3. aggylu says:

    Does anyone have a happily ever after story with their bipolar parent?
    My mother was diagnosed as bipolar about 5 years ago, after I had been out of her home several years. Previous diagnoses include depression, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, hypothyroidism, chronic insomnia, sleep apnea & hypoglycemia. She has visited half a dozen doctors to get these diagnoses. She continually cycles through taking medicine from 1 doctor as prescribed, to taking medicine from several docs who do not know she is doctor shopping, to all-herbal(and I mean like, 20 – 30 different supplements a day), to no medicine.
    With each new diagnosis/treatment, she seems to believe that she has turned a corner. If I try to talk to her about behaviors that seem harmful, she becomes too tearful and sleepy to talk. Recently, she has done some very hurtful things. I’m beyond trying to confront her about it.
    Does anyone have a similar situation that turned out well? I keep hoping for the best, but her behavior gets more erratic and hurtful as time goes by.

    • VEGGIE LOVE says:

      It’s possible.

      I was diagnosed at age 7 as Bipolar among other things. I had done the whole 20 different doctors 50 billion different pills sometimes all at the same time deal a few hospital stays until I found my “magic” pills. They don’t solve everything but I do live a somewhat normal life. The symtoms are very mild but still there. So it is possible. For some though there is no “magic” pills and even more popular is they just don’t find them. Always have hope for her though. You don’t even know how hard it is to have this. It is the worst feeling in the world to not be able to control your feelings/what you are feeling when you are feeling it. To feel happy when someone you love got dianosed with an uncurable disease is the weirdest/and worst feeling in the world…to not have any control over your feelings in awful. To not be in control of your situation is bad enough for most…to not be in control of anything is a very hopeless feeling. You feel very alone to say the least.

      Just know that that is not her. She is not doing those things on purpose. Know that she loves you and can’t control it. Keep working on a finding her “magic” pills. Know that she will never completely be herself again though. This is a part of her..and it will never be completly gone.

  4. InNeedOfHelp says:

    Symptoms of hypothyroidism and the tests needed?
    For the past few years I’ve had an extreme problem with fatigue, insomnia, and being very sensitive to cold weather, along with low body temps all the time. Thyroid problems are hereditary in my family, and I’ve BEEN tested (TSH and T-4 which showed as “normal”) but I suspect there are tests they didn’t perform. What other blood tests should I get done? What other symptoms should I look out for? My body is beginning to malfunction right and left from these low body temperatures! Help!

  5. Megan says:

    does taking thyroid hormone replacement at night cause insomnia?
    so I am a 16 year old girl been on levoxyl for about 6 months for hypothyroidism due to radioactive iodine previously hyperthyroid. Anyways, every since I started taking the medicine I have a terrible time falling asleep due to racing thoughts and terrible anxiety. I had my levels checked a few weeks ago that indicated that I was slightly hypo TSH 5.7. I know its not due to hyperthyroidism, so is it better if you take it in the morning?

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