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I discovered that therapy with the thyroid hormone T3 (triiodothyronine) is sometimes a cure for back pain. Those of you who have back pain, and symptoms of hypometabolism/hypothyroidism, may want to consider the evidence in this history:

In 1984, I first experienced disabling back pain, and have used chiropractors repeatedly since then.  In 1991, I had a major collapse which was thyroid related, although allopathic medicine didn't figure out it was thyroid-related until 1997, and never figured out that Hashimoto's secondary to celiac disease was the underlying cause. A naturopath diagnosed celiac in 2003. Therapy with T4-only, T3+T4, or Armour, never produced a full recovery.

In Aug 2008, a spinal MRI revealed herniation at L3-L4, and degeneration at L4-L5 and L5-S1. o In Oct 2008, I began spinal decompression treatments. They helped, but I still experienced bouts of pain and instability for another 8 months while being treated, and spent many $$$.

In Jan 2009, I demanded T3-only therapy from my doc, and began taking sustained-release T3. Two months later, I switched to Cytomel, peaking at a dose of 190 micrograms/day to clear rT3. I am now on 60 micrograms Cytomel per day, taken as two 30 microgram doses at bedtime and upon arising. This holds my FT3 at about 4.3 pg/ml.

By June 2009, I began to realize my back was not as painful, and more stable.

In Sep 2009, I was slammed to the ground in a freak mountain biking accident. However, my back did not go into spasm, and recovered fairly quickly.

In Nov 2009, my chiropractor was amazed at my progress. He had thought I was "fragile" when I moved to his office from another chiropractor in Oct 2008, but is now amazed at the increase in leg muscle strength when he tests me on his table.

The rapid progress after starting T3-only therapy leads me to believe that it, not spinal decompression, was the most important element.

So how do you figure out if your back pain is a candidate for T3 therapy? Believe Broda Barnes, and check your basal temperature with an accurate column/basal thermometer (not electronic junk). I was hypometabolic, because My basal was ~96.2F before therapy. If your basal isn't in the 97.8-98.2F range, then see a thyroid-savvy doc who can take a look at your thyroid function, esp. FT3 and the FT3/rT3 ratio (as practiced by Dr. Holtorf). It seems obvious now that proper T3 level is an important element in the body being able to repair cartilage. This evidence seems to mesh with the evidence Dr. John Lowe has collected, on T3 therapy for reduction of fibromyalgia pain.

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Chiropractic adjustments that don't hold is a low thyroid symptom - can also be adrenal related. They both influence the strength of the ligaments. Adrenals particularly affect the hips, knees and ankles - being prone to turning the ankles easily is a low adrenal indicator.


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