Armour thyroid and heart palpitations

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I am afraid now after talking to my cousin that I am taking too much Armour and why the last TSH numbers look bad. (More Hypo) She also told me that Armour can cause heart palpitations and arrythmias. Does anyone know and is there a better med to take? Thanks much.
When I was first diagnosed with Hashimotos the main symptom was heart palpitations, and some muscle weakness. As soon as I was started on Synthroid those symptoms all went away. I have been successfully managed on Synthroid for years, but then I wasn't converting T4-T3 well, so my MD put me on Cytomel in addition. I was doing well on Cytomel 50mcg and Synthroid 50 mcg for about a year. Lately the heart palpitations came back.
I have been taking 120 of Armour for 4 years and about three years ago developed heart palpitations. They come about once every week/2 weeks and last 12-24 hours. I just had an echocardiogram and my heart looks fine. I have gone through all my meds to locate any that might cause palps. I don't eat sugar, drink or smoke and use just a little caffeine. Could these be caused by thyroid or thyroid meds? Because of the supply problem, I just switched to 150 mcg. of levoxyl and 50 mcg. of cytomel.
Thyroid issues can give you a racing heart or thumps..PVC's. I got them when I was on too much meds. Lowered and now on Armour and palps are gone.
I am wondering if too low a dose of armour thyroid can cause heart palps, or is it just if you have too much armour? Just thinking. Probably too much... Anyways, thanks for being here....
I have felt pretty good for almost two weeks on the 75 mg., but a couple of days ago I felt that my heart was beating faster again - palpitations in the 80's and low 90's. Especially upon waking and in the morning - nights are sometimes better. I am taking the medicine 45 mg in the A.M. and 30 in the afternoon and OK'd that with my doctor too. In your earlier response you mentioned something about the T3 and its effect on the heart when you get older as it is stimulating.
I have been on Armour thyroid for 40 years with no problems and I guess from what I have read, I should consider myself very fortunate. In December I started with the heart palpitations and feeling bad. This has continued more than not until present time. I was decreased from 135 mg to 120 mg to 90 mg and lowered my dosage to 75 mg (I informed my doctor and he said that was fine if I was feeling better with that dose).
A friend of mine who is also struggling with hashimotos asked me a couple weeks ago if I had noticed a link between heart palpitations and my menstrual. I told her I don't really remember and plus I'm not really tracking them, all I knew is that they were very rare now. My menstrual was due that week so I told her I'd keep an eye out for them. Sure enough 3 days prior to my menstrual I started getting them not bad but they were obvious.
I would take the medication and be fine for a while and then my heart palpitations would begin and stay even keeping me awake at night My doctor decreased the medicine and the palps would stay. Ultimately I would stop taking the medication all together. Here I am again out of range for a healthy thyroid. I was placed on Armour thyroid. 0.05GR (30mg) I took this for 2 months and then my heart palps began again.
dosage was upped to 90 mg - took that for about 10 days before I started having symptoms - sleep became disturbed, difficulty concentrating, irritability and then heart palpitations; it was the palpitations that finally made me think -uh-oh maybe too high a dosage; doc said stop taking meds until symptoms of toxicity have disappeared; it's been almost two weeks now since I dosed; irritability and racing mind have abated; heart palpitations are less strong but still present and the insomnia is
I just found out that I now have nodules on my thryroid and I have been having terrible episodes of heavy chest pressure, heart palpitations and feeling faint within the past year. I'm going to see my doctor next week and tell him to switch me back to Synthroid, if I have to take anything at all.
said it wasn't related to her levels as she was in normal range-only problem was that she never checked her freet3 level AND the pediatric cardiologist was a total bafoon and had no idea how not having a thyroid could effect her heart and could only recommend that my low metabolic daughter lose 30 lbs.) I fired both of these doctors on the spot!!!!!
Low ferritin can cause negative reaction like palpitations, nervousness, and anxiety in someone starting thyroid hormone replacement. Someone described it like being shot out of a cannon. It is therefore imperative that ferritin not be at the bottom of the range before starting thyroid hormone medication." Also, from another source. "I frequent another board where the role of iron in the metabolism of thyroid hormone is discussed.
Hand tremors, muscle weakness, significant hair loss, abnormal weight loss, heart palpitations, breathlessness, increased irritability, insomnia and many more discomforts and disorders may also be experienced while taking Iodoral. Likewise, women might experience disruption in their menstrual cycle. When any of these signs are felt or experienced, it is best to stop taking Iodoral and consult a doctor.
Perhaps I should have waited and maybe the lightheadedness would go away, but I couldn't stand it and now I can't stand the heart palpitations. The heart palpitations are the reason I went to the doctors for this problem. I know it was a drastic cut in the meds and the doctor said they may be to increase it a little when I go back for blood work, but since I have tried that myself - I don't think that will help.
I have noticed that if I take vitamin B12 I get anxiety and bad heart palpitations (makes me hyper) and with B5 I get only the heart palpitations. These feelings can last 1 - 2 days. Does anyone know why? Do they do something to T3? I don't think I ever got any reactions like this when I was on thyroxine.
I think I'd find a doctor who also pays attention to your symptoms. Doing things "scientificly (AKA: numbers/lab driven) and ignoring symptoms is what endo.s are famous for and can get you into trouble health wise. Maybe a different med is called for here? There are other meds out there, however endo.s act like Synthroid is the only way, and that "we better do it their way or hit the highway!" My daughter is nine and born without a thyroid gland.
I started the Armour (30 mg in the am and 15mg in the afternoon) the last week in June and for the past few months, my TSH, T4 and T3 have been in normal ranges. Last week I started getting heart palpitations in sedentary positions. Got my edo to test my levels which were again in normal range, so saw a cardio. I wore a holster for 7 days and yesterday she told me I had SVT and wants me on a new medication.
Huge exhaustion and bloating are the biggest symptoms. Also, had a blood test and I'm more hypo again, even though I'm taking armour thyroid. I'm surpirsed my naturopath didn't know about the formula change. Will definitly consider switching to nature-throid. Never thought I'd even think about taking a synthetic, but will consider that too if things don't improve.
Please all of you,research into the many side-effects (palpitations and racing heart) of the additives which are in our foods. Msg is in practically all processed food and is a known cause of heart irregularities. It is even present in vitamins but as hydrolyzed vegetable protein. Food dyes and tartrazine are components of many medications and may be causing your troubles. Some of us are simply more sensitive to the toxic additives in our food and drink.
Hi, I have been posting on this board for several weeks and everyone has been very helpful to me. Thanks. Just another quick question - I am on Armour thyroid and have been for my years for hypothyroid. My dosage went out of sync in December and I have been dealing with the consequences since, i. e. heart palpitations, lightheadedness, feeling awful overall.
A year ago I was on Armour and was fine until I went up to 2 grains and had the hyper symptoms. I left off the thyroid and tried to do natural but not to any avail.My dr said he will not add anymore oroxine only increase armour which I must say is my desire. I feel ok so far but suspect challenges when raising grains. I had high cortisol levels and when I went onto armour last year I guess I crashed and had saliva test again and saw that my cortisol was low. Now it effects my sugar levels.
I am on Armour and I am one of the ones who didn't benefit from Synthroid - you are very lucky your found Synthroid to work best for you - it is the thyroid drug of choice and many doctors will not continue Armour if you need to change to someone else. Go back to what works - and the question is still ot there - Why did you try it if Synthroid was working?
My father in law lost heaps of weight and was having bad heart pulputations and they sent him to a heart specialist who put him in hospital and they were even using electric shock treatment on him to get his heart to beat normal and after a couple of weeks they discovered "low and behold" he had a thyriod problem. Now they have corrected this with medication he has had no further problems.
Finally, after another 6 months, he ran another thyroid test (at my insistence) and found out I was hypo. After, being on thyroid medication for 2 weeks, the heart palpitations went away and have been gone until now. My doctor never ran any other tests on my thyroid to know what was causing the problem so I am assuming that my thyroid is now getting worse. As far as the palpitations being related to lack of sleep, how can that be when I sleep very deep and every chance I get?
Anybody have any strong opinion about my lab values in relation to my history, my current Armour dosage, and my escalated itching and insomnia? I want to get this right for my sanity, but also so I'm in the best position possible for my next IVF to be successful. I haven't called my MD back to question him yet, would like to hear from people outside of the equation first.
There are several other desiccated type thyroid meds like Armour. We know them as Nature-Throid and Erfa Thyroid. Erfa thyroid is available in Canada. Forum members have reported being able to obtain it from there, with a U. S. doctor's prescription. Perhaps that will work for you as well. I'll try to contact a member that has information about the source for obtaining Erfa.
As T3 is produced by the pituitary gland its mode of action in terms of development and release is regulated by the thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH.) Once thyroid hormones both T3 and T4 reach a certain level in the blood production is decreased as increased levels block TSH from being released; however, once the levels fall TSH is again released and more T3 and T4 is produced.
I changed to NP Thyroid. My dose starting was 25 mg generic cytomel and 30 mg of armour. I know I'm just a week and a half into change but I'm sick. I don't get that feeling of wellness from the T3. Now I know it takes longer with natural thyroid but can anyone help me. My TSH likes to disappear on T3. I feel armour is worthless with all the fillers they added. I'm not sure my body can handle the natural with the adrenal I can't get help with.
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