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I had no idea cold remedies would affect thyroxine. Thanks for the heads up. Old fashioned steaming over a bowl to decongest then. I tend to drink honey lemon and hot water for sore throats.
You consultant sounds like one to be treasured. You will feel crap if you're undermedicated. If med increases upset you for a month you need to increase slowly. Cut a 25mcg tablet in half and take 12.5mcg every other day for a week, then every day for a week, then 25mcg every other day until week 4 the full 25mcg increase every day. You may be able to speed it up but avoiding feel rubbish is the name of the game.
Weight increase is a hypothyroid symptom (although some of us suffer weight loss), particularly if you are undermedicated. Many find a gluten-free diet helps with this.
If your MacMillan nurse isn't helping you ask to see someone else or give him the elbow. Instead of upsetting you by explaining so crassly, he could have said that your metabolism has slowed down and you may put on weight if you eat the same diet you had pre TT and don't exercise more. Even so, some hypo px eat a lot less and exercise a lot more and still gain. It's a matter, not simple, of finding the right diet, food combinations and exercise regime. If his expertise isn't hypothyroidism you're wasting your time.