Rosie is a Hashimotos patient who heard about LDN, got on it, and is pleased to report some surprising and wonderful results.
I have Hashimoto’s disease, and I wanted to share some great news about a product called Low Dose Naltrexone (LDN). It has cured me of the autoimmune attack on my thyroid . . . and it only took a couple months!!!
My hypothyroidism wasn’t caught until I was pregnant with my first child at age 26, so I was in pretty bad shape by then. Finally, about 5 years later it was discovered that I had Hashimoto’s, the autoimmune attack of the thyroid (I did my own research and asked an endocrinologist to test me). At that time my TPOs (one of the main thyroid antibodies) were approx 70 (below 20 being normal). Just 6 months later they had doubled to 142! I did more research and lots of praying; God eventually lead me to an LDN site: http://www.lowdosenaltrexone.org
Long story short, LDN basically works to dramatically increase your body’s own endorphin levels, which studies have shown tend to be quite low in people with autoimmune-related diseases. It is a product that you have to continue to take if you want to reap its benefits. So if you get good results, please don’t go off it because the autoimmune attack will return!
I was on LDN for a couple months at 4.5mg at bedtime and then asked my doc to retest my antibodies . . . I came out with a normal reading (undetectable)! I have no more inflammation in my throat and need significantly less Armour — plus no more of the “swinging” that comes from having Hashi’s. My TSH went from being (at its worst) just under 10.0 to being currently 5.86. And I went from taking 180mg of Armour daily to 120mg.
LDN is a very affordable product (even if you don’t have insurance — about $20 per month) and has no side effects . . . except some report vivid dreams for the first 7 -10 days due to the dramatic increase in endorphins, but I didn’t even get the vivid dreams that I can recall. Kids can even take LDN if needed (one site stated this dosage for children: 0.1 mg/kg (not to exceed 4.5mg) once a day. Here’s that site: http://clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/show/NCT00715117
LDN is a prescription product, so you’ll have to talk to your doctor about it, and it can be made up in most compounding pharmacies (liquid or capsule form, though most take capsules). Right now I’m getting mine from Walgreens. The best thing to do if you want to try LDN is print out the first website I listed and ask your doc for a three month trial. There’s nothing to lose!
By the way, LDN has been shown to help in many other autoimmune-related diseases from diabetes to Parkinson’s to cancer. Just check out the site info. ONE WORD OF CAUTION: Because LDN can help your thyroid work better (and perhaps your adrenal glands as well), you should consider tracking your temperature (if you aren’t already) to make sure you don’t need to move down on your Armour or adrenal support as the LDN starts to do its job — which can be a matter of days. You wouldn’t want to swing into hyper mode! Some people even start on half the dosage (around 2mg and work their way up to 4.5mg using a liquid form of LDN).
I hope this information blesses many others like it has blessed me!