I don't have a thyroid gland due to having it removed 14 years ago because of papilliary thyroid cancer. I now realise that I was never told whether the papilliary cancer was bi-lateral. No ultrasound etc was performed to ascertain this, just the other half whipped out as a precautionary. However I have been more or less ok on Levo although many weird and wonderful symptoms which I was tested for over the past 10 years were probably a direct side-effect of the Levo. I started on 150mcg daily and this was whittled down over the years to 100mcg for 5 days and 125mcg for 2 days. I don't feel quite right on this dosage. I have aches in my thighs, high cholesterol, don't sleep well and have hot flushes. I think I am passed menopause. The flushes over the chest mainly usually start at night. Endo wants me to take as little levo as possible due to possible probs in the future regarding heart and bones. Already had to have hip replacement due to high levels of Levo over the years and nobody mentioning calcium levels. Anyway when I last saw her we talked about Armour or some other natural thyroid supplement, and while she did not recommend it, I was impressed when she said she would still continue to see me if I wanted to try something else. So, rather than going the whole hog ... bit of a coward ... can I used less levo and a little NDT, if so, how do I go about it? Also how would the thyroid levels in the blood be check on a combination dosage. Many thanks for all the helpful advice on this forum.
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