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Have you ladies been told NOT to eat salt?

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July 1st, 2010, 04:20 PM
Amanda C's Avatar Platinum Supermommy
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I'm hypo and my levels were checked 8 weeks ago and were fine. I take .175 mcg's of Synthroid daily. Now the last few weeks I've been having MAJOR salt cravings. I crave it to the point that I'm thirsty all the time b/c I've taken in too much. Anyway my PCP checked my thyroid again on Tuesday and now she said my meds need to be decreased to .150 mcg b/c my thyroid is putting out more. But then she also said that I'll need to stay off the salt completely and let her recheck it in 6 weeks b/c the salt maybe what's making it work more.

Have you heard of this? Why would I be having such extreme salt cravings anyway?

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July 1st, 2010, 08:01 PM
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I'd get your iron/ferritin levels checked. I've never heard salt effecting your thyroid. If you have an iodine deficiency that could be another reason you're craving salt (and also another reason you're hypo).
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July 2nd, 2010, 01:19 PM
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Never heard of it personally.

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July 2nd, 2010, 01:45 PM
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Never heard of it either. I was told to decrease my salt intake but due to my hypertension which is blood pressure not thyroid.
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July 8th, 2010, 05:34 PM
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I agree with the pp on the iodine, but I'm not sure
I avoid salt for hypertension

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July 11th, 2010, 11:13 AM
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Just the opposite. I was told to make sure I get a decent amount of iodized salt, since that's an easy way of getting iodine.
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July 14th, 2010, 08:54 PM
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Never been told that either. Are you swollen - hands, feet? When I was taking too much I was swelling up (I forgot that) so I tried not to eat too much salt.
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