Hello all and welcome to (and sorry for) my long post.
I read your generous posts daily sometimes with optimism this is all going to turn out fine, more often that I will feel ill and be massively overweight forever. I was ill for a year before I had a blood test, during which I gained 18lb, I thought because I had ceased smoking. Diagnosed borderline hypo, started on 25mcg November 2012, (53 then with hypertension)
Dr didn't increase gradually, I had to go back and ask for an increase after reading on here. Then further increase to 50mcg one day 75mcg the next under protest from him 'Your TSH is in range now' (4.35 range 0.5 - 4.5 ) then got shirty when I said that he should come away from his 'gold standard' TSH to diagnose / treat. Another 18lb weight gain, don't feel any better...he did offer to double up my Prozac dose, tho...I have had to scream at him and ask for 2nd opinions before he would prescribe me 20mg Prozac, prior to my hypo diagnosis..Oh yes and I must lose some weight. I await the giving away of scipts for statins, acid reflux treatment and anti inflamatories with trepidation because I ain't taking them, mister...treat my condition, not my symptoms, d*mn you...
GP goes on holiday. His locum, who was the one who kicked me off on levo, gave me a peculiar script. I months supply of 50 and 25mcg, then manually altered to 2 months supply of each. Have asked for a repeat script for Prozac and the levo record shows I had 1 month. Soooo, I have been gradually increasing my dose. Up to 75mcg one day, 100mcg the next. All I'm getting is an intermittent pulsing at the base of my throat. I feel no better.
I'm scared to start a diet in case I further mess up my metabolism. 3 stones heavier and look/feel a mess. Lost my hair years ago and wear a hairpiece. Done with the menopause at 46. Feel I'm going downhill, perhaps physcological as the quiet part of the year with my work is upcoming - have been having naps in the afternoon. Feel like an old lady and don't look too hot, either.
Anyway my hypo fellows, how do I know if I have ratcheted up the levo too much ? What are the signs. I asked this of my GP when he grudgingly agreed to a 50/75mcg alternate dose increase and he said, 'You'd just feel generally unwell'.
No sh*t Sherlock, how will I tell the difference ? You know more than him. Let me know. OMG this sucks, doesn't it ? I would so much appreciate a few words from some of you who feel relatively well, now. How long should I try the conventional approach before I give up and ask for a referral ?
Hugs to all and thanks in anticipation of a few responses