Am due to be put on medication for Hypo as TSH levels have just hit 10. Have started to feel really bad recently particularly with sore, sensitive, itchy, blurry eyes (eyesight has deteriorated quite rapidly in just last six months and am now having to wear glasses) and frequent rather than occasional flare ups of rheumatoid arthritis. Also have problems with low stomach acid and digestive issues. Contracted a virus in the 1980s which left me with ME and have had periodic flare ups of that over the years. In fact, a lot of what I am feeling now is similar to the ME symptoms I originally had for some five years and occasionally since. As I have a history of a very sensitive immune system and react to many things including certain drugs, I feel I would prefer (after much research) to take natural desiccated medication such as Armour or Nature Throid. Speaking with a pharmacist today to see if the pharmacy can obtain either of these before suggesting them to my doctor, I was told that legally every doctor has to first prescribe synthetic levothyroxine to a person diagnosed with Hypo and then can only prescribe Armour or Nature Throid if the levothyroxine doesn't appear to be working. Are there people out there who have had different experiences or has everyone found this to be the case? It would be so helpful to me to know this before seeing my doctor. Many Thanks.