[chuckle] Well, i always DID know i was "different"....
In the comments over at Sidereal's place, Wooo describes more-or-less how i differ from a more classic hypothyroid. However, i'm very discontented with the state of the science. I want me a couple of dozen hypothyroid people to experiment on for a few years ... and that isn't a possibility in THIS life; maybe in my next one...? ;-)
For instance, i KNOW that inappropriate levels of certain micronutrients (especially if i can lump O6 in this category) make me feel like hell -- or in balance, wonderful -- with absolutely no change of diet to act as a confounder. When people get hypothyroid symptoms from taking carnitine, for ONE thing ... how do their diets and supplement regimens differ from mine? I was all ready to speculate that carnitine spares thyroid when it binds to receptors and does the donkey work of ferrying in FAs for burning. That's exactly what seems to happen in my case.
I really feel like a lot is misunderstood about thyroid function by those who should know better. I feel that they THINK they have it down pat, and so have been taking a lot of things for granted. WHY are there so many more hypothyroid people in the world than there were a few decades ago? Like so many other categories of the not-quite-well, i think a lot of hypothyroidism is NOT derived from mysterious genetic or "god-sent" causes, but MALNUTRITION. I'm probably alone in this belief, but that doesn't make me wrong.