I've stumbled across this website while looking for information regarding Hypothroidism. I was diagnosed 5 years ago, and was put on Levothyroxine. I am a 41 year old female and have always been in good health except for high stress levels all throughout due to family situation. I will admit I had a severe drinking and substance problem for 23 yrs. The past 5 years I have been drink and substance free.
When my docotor mentioned medcinie for rest of life I thought there must be something else I can do. I wanted to see if I could help my thyroid to be well while mainting a healthy lifestyle and dietary changes. The first two years on Levothyroxine I didn't really notice a big change except for less painful periods. Come the summer of 2012 I had my first panic attack which ensued daily going forth. I had to take a leave of absent from work Oct. 2012 dues to this. During this time my doctor prescribed Sertraline and Clonazepam for the attacks and also upped my Levothyroxine to .05. The next two years of my life were halted and I couldn't leave my home town due to the panic. Also, I felt so ill on all these medicines and thought I could be making things words. During this time I did see a psychologist and continue to do so. I had enough of the medicines and stopped the clonazepam 3 months ago and the Sertraline 2 months ago. I still did not feel right body and head wise and saw my doctor to go over the body sweats and dazed feelings. She sent me for blood work on my thyroid May 2015 (see results below). She told me that she wanted to up the Levothyroxine to .075. I was reluctant to do so but tried it for a week which was hellish. Day 1 my eyesight was blurry and all the days forward had trouble focusing my eyes, constant pressure in head and my skin felt like hot pricklies especially in my arms, and the nervousness started to appear on day 4 and continued heavily. Needless to say on day 8 I went back to my original dose .05 and after a half hour had my first panic attack in months. My doctor told me to stay on the .075, but I cannot do so as my body feels like it's being poisoned. I got such a scare that now I am alternating .05 and .025 for the next 7 weeks until my blood test.
Test results for -
Sensitive TSH / FT4
5.71 / 1.1 Jan 2010 .025 levothryoxine
3.37 / 1.1 Dec 2010 " "
4.66 / 1.1 July 2011 " "
3.76 / 1.1 Oct 2011 " "
6.62 / 1.2 April 2012 " " = highly stressful time due to job location change /panic attacks.
2.48 / 1.3 March 2014 .05 levothyroxine
TSH Reflex / FT4 / Total T3
5.43 / 1.2 / .91 May 2015
I had been doing much of my own research and have come across studies online that says that Subclinical Hypothyroidism may or may not need to be treated with a TSH level under 10. All depending on symptoms, family history, antibodies etc...Also, people with a TSH under 10 may not have any benefit from levothryoxine. I also read that a TSH that is slightly high may be due to something else going on. I asked for an antibody, cortisol, and adrenal testing but was told no. Which was upsetting to me. Why not rule everything out? I have not been diagnosed with any thyroid disease, but been told that my thyroid is a bit on the slow side. Never was told to do anything other than take this pill for the rest of my life. I know people with certain thyroid diseases and no thyroid need to do this, but for someone like me, just a bit on the slow side, does this one size fits all really work? And is it the best solution for me? I will honestly say that going up on the dose of .075 for that 1 week and feeling really sick scared the daylights out of me. Could I be doing more harm than not taking something for the rest of my life cause of a bit on the slow side?
Thank you for taking the time to listen.