How long before I feel human again


I have just found your forum and the comments and posts are so helpful .

I have been taking 150 micrograms levothyroxine since this February starting on 25 in September 14 . I have had to insist on seeing the GP throughout and for the increase in medication . I have been told originally I was border line , I am now told that my blood levels are normal.

From reading posts I now understand about normal not being the same for everyone, I also have taken note of the advice give when seeing the GP.

My question is how long will the dose I am taking take for it to do the most it will do , my GP does not want to see me again till end of April and he said he may not increase my dose . I am trying to function ,I was signed off work over Christmas but am now back and finding it hard.

I am moving around so slowly, my muscles (I think may be nerves in my legs ache ,and most of the time I just want to go to bed.

Thank you for reading this,

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  • I think you need to get a copy of your latest/last thyroid blood test (TSH, FT3, FT4) and post them on here so that members can look at and advise. From my own experience I don't think I do so well on levothyroxine - I have currently changed brands and I am having symptoms of muscle pain and am also moving around slowly. I don't know if this is to do with the fillers. Also, low vitamins/minerals may contribute to body aches and pains, such as low Vitamin D, Vitamin B12, Ferritin and Iron. If you haven't had these checked it might be worth asking the GP to test for them, and then getting a print out of the results with the lab ranges.

  • Gosh, that was my first ever question on here 'Will I ever feel normal again?' I have Graves so not quite the same as you but yes I do feel as normal as I'm ever likely to be and there's a good chance you will too.

    Like Rebekah says, you need to get a copy of your blood test results with the lab ranges - get them every time you are tested and hang on to them. you also need Vit D, B12, feratin and folates checked out too and get a copy of their lab ranges too. You want your B12 and D well up in their ranges to help your thyroid. If you click on my name you will find a link to a nice little video I found on here - it explains why we need certain vits to help our thyroid. I was well pleased to see that I was taking all of them already.

    Doctors will say you are fine when your results have barely crept over the lower limit. Once you've got the results post then here with their ranges. I don't know much about the ferritin and folates so hopefully someone will be able to tell you more.

    I find a nice warm bath with magnesium flakes is really good for aching legs and I used to use magnesium flakes oil spray on the soles of my feet back when I was hypo for a while during my treatment and my feet were really aching and agony, I'd give them a quick spray then put a pair of loose socks on and head for bed.

  • Fruitandnutcase, are magnesium flakes the same as epsom salts? I use epsom salts (when I remember), and I have the magnesium oil spray.

  • Very similar but according to this not quite the same

    My spray seems to have got all clogged up. Very annoying - think I need to try and run some hot water through the tube - or buy another spray bottle.

  • When spray gets clogged I unscrew top , apply a little oil to hands and rub in - seems to work o.k.

  • Have you run water through the nozzel?

  • Thanks Rebekah and foxglove - got it working again now, I thought I was going to have to look around and buy a cheap spray bottle😊

  • That's good!

  • Hi I just wondered if you have had your antibodies tested I did and mine were right of the scale normal range around 60 mine 1300 I have just recently see an endocrinologist and been confirmed that i have Hashimotos disease My thyroid is literally burning out

    I understand how you are feeling as i struggle with work,life,family etc I am on 75 a day til i see her again in may

    she is also testing me for other auto immune disorders such as Lupus etc

    I had a month off work and feel very blessed that i had long service leave and work have been very supportive

    Hang in there and dont be scared to get second opinion A friend has decided to go down the natural path against the advice of her GP

    If they havent tested your antibodies level ask for it

    Regards Jan

  • Thank you all for your advice . I will get on to my doctor and request a print out of my blood test results.

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