Q. For 70 years I was sensitive to cold and suffered pretty constantly with fatigue, dry skin, constipation, hair loss, vertigo and brain fog. My family doctor put me on Synthroid with no results.
Finally, I found a naturopathic doctor who prescribed desiccated thyroid (Armour). Almost immediately all of these symptoms went away, and I am one HAPPY man!
A. Your symptoms are classic for low thyroid function. There is a lot of controversy about natural versus synthetic thyroid hormone. Many physicians don’t think that dried thyroid gland is as reliable as brands like Synthroid, Levothroid, Levoxyl or Unithroid. Nevertheless, we continue to hear from patients like you who find that natural desiccated thyroid works better to alleviate symptoms.
We are sending you our Guide to Thyroid Hormones with a discussion of symptoms, tests and treatments for thyroid disorder. People who prefer Armour thyroid have been frustrated during the past year or so by a shortage of this product. Forest Laboratories, which makes Armour, is now announcing that the most commonly prescribed doses (one grain and one-half grain) are once again available.