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Old 07-30-2009, 08:40 PM
 
Location: Maryland
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The doctor ordered some blood work be done on me about ten days ago. He called me today telling me my thyroid levels are in the tank. I knew I had a low thyroid and have been taking 125 milligrams of Synthroid once daily for the past year. He wrote a new prescription increasing the dose to 175 milligrams.

Does anyone else here have a low thyroid? If there are symptoms, I don't feel them...at least I'm not aware of any. How does having a low thyroid affect you? Does medication bring the level to where it's supposed to be?
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Old 07-30-2009, 08:48 PM
 
Location: 38°14′45″N 122°37′53″W
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well, I had hypothyroidism and my endocrinologist pointed out to me that eventhough hypo and hyper are supposed to be different...of the 14 symptoms, hypo and hyper share 1o!
I just had a total thyroidectomy a few months ago and I am on 175mcg of the generic synthroid...
thryroid disease is a big vague per person kind of thing.
I have a friend who has Grave's disease which is an auto-immune disease of hyperthyroidism...she has zero symptoms though, so go figure.
Aren't you just mostly exhausted?

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Old 07-30-2009, 08:55 PM
 
Location: Texas
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Low thyroid, hypothyroidism, does have side affects. Decrease in energy and in most cases, weight gain.

I take 25 mg of Synthroid and it keeps the thyroid level at the right level. The pills have not helped the lack of energy but I am basically a lazy person, anyway. It's good I am retired.
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Old 07-30-2009, 09:16 PM
 
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The doctor ordered some blood work be done on me about ten days ago. He called me today telling me my thyroid levels are in the tank. I knew I had a low thyroid and have been taking 125 milligrams of Synthroid once daily for the past year. He wrote a new prescription increasing the dose to 175 milligrams.

Does anyone else here have a low thyroid? If there are symptoms, I don't feel them...at least I'm not aware of any. How does having a low thyroid affect you? Does medication bring the level to where it's supposed to be?
Got told I had it also he gave me synthroid, a blue pill? I had a small
white one? Last blood stuff, perfect, I really do not enjoy pills. He did ask me
if I am tired, sure, who is not! I really do not see any change, however, for now I will be good! Now, I am every 6 months in for blood work, a big Yuck!
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Old 07-30-2009, 09:24 PM
 
Location: 38°14′45″N 122°37′53″W
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Got told I had it also he gave me synthroid, a blue pill? I had a small
white one? Last blood stuff, perfect, I really do not enjoy pills. He did ask me
if I am tired, sure, who is not! I really do not see any change, however, for now I will be good! Now, I am every 6 months in for blood work, a big Yuck!
Please tell me that you have an Endocrinologist, not just your gen. physician...
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Old 07-30-2009, 10:34 PM
 
Location: Florida
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Endo put me on synthroid when the nodule on my thyroid gland was discovered. he thought it might shrink it. It didn't.
What the synthroid did do was cause me to lose 8 pounds in less than a month.
On researching the whys of that, I discovered that people are using synthroid as a means to lose weight quickly. What I read was that it is being sold black market for that purpose.
Not sure if those who take it regularly have noticed it doing that. Or if it causes just certain people to lose weight. I dunno. I do know that I can't afford to lose a pound,much less 8 or more.
I refused to take it after that. Wasn't doing what the Endo wanted it to do anyway.

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Old 07-30-2009, 10:47 PM
 
Location: 38°14′45″N 122°37′53″W
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Endo put me on synthroid when the nodule on my thyroid gland was discovered. he thought it might shrink it. It didn't.
What the synthroid did do was cause me to lose 8 pounds in less than a month.
On researching the whys of that, I discovered that people are using synthroid as a means to lose weight quickly. What I read was that it is being sold black market for that purpose.
Not sure if those who take it regularly have noticed it doing that. Or if it causes just certain people to lose weight. I dunno. I do know that I can't affors to lose a pound,much less 8 or more.
I refused to take it after that. Wasn't doing what the Endo wanted it to do anyway.
Weird. My GP put me on synthroid thinking I was hypothyroid after discovering nodules for me...I put ON 10 pounds in 2 weeks!!!??
I met with my Endo for the first time after that and he wasn't too surprised that a GP would make a mistake like that... he took me off of it and would've had me go on thyroid blockers...but I ended up toxic hypERthyroid and needed to get that 'lemon' of a thyroid out anyway.
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Old 07-30-2009, 10:52 PM
 
Location: Florida
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Weird. My GP put me on synthroid thinking I was hypothyroid after discovering nodules for me...I put ON 10 pounds in 2 weeks!!!??
I met with my Endo for the first time after that and he wasn't too surprised that a GP would make a mistake like that... he took me off of it and would've had me go on thyroid blockers...but I ended up toxic hypERthyroid and needed to get that 'lemon' of a thyroid out anyway.
that is weird. I'm perplexed
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Old 07-30-2009, 11:34 PM
 
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Make sure they are also checking your B-12 and doing all the tests for T-3. Has anyone been checked for Hashimotos? My reg Dr. never found these things and a endo did.
Also synthroid may not be for you it sure was not for me.
You should not be tired if your medication is right. Also how is everyone's blood pressure and take a B vitamin complex your body will thank you for it!
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Old 07-31-2009, 09:59 AM
 
Location: Oregon
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Make sure they are also checking your B-12 and doing all the tests for T-3. Has anyone been checked for Hashimotos? My reg Dr. never found these things and a endo did.
Also synthroid may not be for you it sure was not for me.
You should not be tired if your medication is right. Also how is everyone's blood pressure and take a B vitamin complex your body will thank you for it!
Very good information! My 10 year old daughter has Hashi's (autoimmune thyrioditis) and it was the endo that figured it out. Her pediatrician found the low thyroid - her original TSH was 69! The weird thing with her, was the thyroid condition was found by "accident" - she had no symptoms. It just showed up in a blood test! It may be coincidence, but she didn't seem to get symptoms until she was being treated with Levothyroxine...

Anyways, we basically went through hell for about a year, and I ended up taking her to a Naturopath that has worked wonders for her. She still takes 25mcg of Levothyroxine, but also takes daily supplements (B12 being one - vit D is important, too) that are really helping her symptoms.

gr8doglove - Just be aware of how you are feeling. If something doesn't feel right, don't be afraid to "get pushy" if you need to to get the doctor's to listen!
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