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High Cholesterol, Thyroid problems and low blood count?

post #1 of 10
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I just wanted to know if anyone here is dealing with high cholesterol, thyroid problems or a low red blood count? I just recently had a blood test done and my cholesterol is very high at 330 (should be about 138) so I'm currently on Lipitor for that and I also have problems with my thyroid which I'm also on medicine for, and my red blood count is low.

I'm pretty familiar with high cholesterol and what it can do but I know nothing about thyroid conditions and what problems it can cause. I would like to hear from anyone that is dealing with any of these conditions and what to expect from them in the future. Do you need to be on medication long term? I just spoke to the nurse the other day and will see my doctor on the 21st to discuss everything further. I didn't realize I had so many health problems, I guess this could explain my tiredness, sluggishness, back pains and moodiness in the past year.
post #2 of 10
Hyper, hypo, or autoimmune thyroid problems?

I don't really have any specific advice for you, but a suggestion if you haven't had this done already. Get your other hormones tested too, including cortisol (saliva test is better) and aldosterone. You never know, you could have some problems elsewhere too.
post #3 of 10
I have your problems too. My thyroid has to be tested again soon because I was borderline last time. Thyroid problems run in my family. My Dad has been on Thyroid Meds long term for years. I have Iron Pills for Anemia. I take 2 times a day. They are 325 Mg. I can get you more info on Thyroid Problems. I have a book the Dr gave me about them. You have all the Symptoms I have. I take Lovastatin for High Cholesterol. My Dad has two Cholesterol Meds. and Thyroid Meds. I am always very tired and never have energy. If you want more info Pm me.
post #4 of 10
I know mom had thyroid issues. She stopped taking the meds in her late 40's (after MP) and was on it since her 20's.

I have high cholesterol and since I am thin the doctor didn't want me to change my diet which is the #1 thing you should do. I just started Lovastatin since my insurance didn't cover Lipitor. I go back in a few weeks for another work-up.
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Originally Posted by strange_wings View Post
Hyper, hypo, or autoimmune thyroid problems?

I don't really have any specific advice for you, but a suggestion if you haven't had this done already. Get your other hormones tested too, including cortisol (saliva test is better) and aldosterone. You never know, you could have some problems elsewhere too.
I'm on Levothyroxine for my thryoid and it's used to treat low thryoid levels. I don't know much more about my condition, the nurse only talked briefly about everything.
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I'm on Levothyroxine for my thryoid and it's used to treat low thryoid levels. I don't know much more about my condition, the nurse only talked briefly about everything.
It's time to educate yourself, you have everything you need right in front of you - a computer and an internet connection.
This has a little info http://www.stopthethyroidmadness.com/ that should also talk about various meds for it. You can also find various forums, often the people will know what tests you need to keep up with and how to translate them. I'm sure SwampWitch will comment later, surely she can direct you to even more resources.
Always look up everything! including any medicine you are put on (www.rxlist.com is a good start) so you can be aware of side effects and possible interactions.
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I'm on Levothyroxine for my thryoid and it's used to treat low thryoid levels. I don't know much more about my condition, the nurse only talked briefly about everything.
That's the same med I take for my hypothyroidism. Unless your thyroid starts functioning normally, which I believe happens only rarely, you'll have to take it the rest of your life. That's the only health problem I have and the symptoms for me were tiredness and an inability to concentrate. It is critical that you get your thyroid levels checked at least once a year as your thyroid output may continue to decline and so your dosage might need to be increased. If I forget to take the levothyroxine for a couple of days or if my dosage needs to be increased, I feel like crap.
post #8 of 10
....did you have a medical prescription my friend?......please get a medical plan to you can have normal levels.....

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for you!
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....did you have a medical prescription my friend?......please get a medical plan to you can have normal levels.....

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for you!
Thank you Rigel

Thanks for replying everyone.
post #10 of 10
I have borderline high cholesterol (250), it runs in my family. I also take synthroid for my thyroid since I was 28 years old. Thyroid is manageable if you take your meds everyday and get your yearly blood tests. When they first found out I had hypothyroid I was always so tired. I wasn't overweight at the time or gaining any weight. I had a real slow thyroid and they were giving me 175 mcg which was pretty strong dose. I have been taking meds for 20 years now and I am down to 112 mcg. I have to take thyroid meds for the rest of my life. I never get the generic synthroid. The Doctor recommended for this medicine not to do generic(that was years ago). Things may have changed since then but the synthroid costs me $23.00 a month which is cheap.
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