Following on from my initial post of about 3 weeks ago...I've received my bottles of 1 grain and 1/4 grain Nature Throid from the US which only took a week to arrive and it worked out really cheap!
Being on 100 mcg of Levothyroxine (synthetic T4) coupled with a lot of reading led me to start on 1 grain per day and drop my T4 tablet. Well I took it for two days and felt like I was having an out of body experience: dizzy and a bit queasy and a bit lethargic with mild palpitations BUT still functional.
I decided to split the dose with a 1/2 grain in the morning and the same in the afternoon, much smoother and less symptomatic... I have now after two weeks been able to take 1 grain in the morning with no real adverse affects and a 1/2 grain in the afternoon (I still get really sleepy and tired around 1 - 3 pm, especially after eating lunch?) I'm about ten days in and feeling ok but I still have a very mild dizziness or perhaps light headedness which is the most accurate way I can describe the feeling.
Riding my mountain bike and going to gym does take discipline as I feel tired and 'lazy' but once I do exercise I feel amazing! THE BEST thing I've noticed is my muscles DO NOT cramp, don't get stiff and do not ache half as much following exercise whereas I could ride everyday and upon resting for 30 minutes have horrible stiffness all over - so BIG benefit there.
My question is, should I just bite the bullet and push up to 2 grains or try 1.75 grains now is it still early days and will I cause an issues by tapering too quickly?
I did see the endo I was referred too and he agreed to testing free T3, TSH, T4, and a short Synacthen test and vitamin D. Lesson learnt from past experience meaning I didn't take my 100 mcg Levothyroxine that morning...results as follows (summary of two letter from endo):
...bloods were stable showing normal kidney function and normal testosterone levels 18.4 (11-40), prolactin 158 (60-380)
...short synacthen test result: 613 nmol/L at 0 minutes followed by 30 minutes cortisol of 1113 nmol/L signifying and adequate response to synacthen.
...other results reveal normal Us and Es - what is that!?
...TSH 1.20 free T4 of 21 free T3 of 5.3
So what do you lovely and well informed folk think of
a) the test results
b)my dosage regime on the NDT thus far
c) anything else you feel is relevant
One step closer to normality...looking forward to hearing off you all :o)