I'm posting a new thread for this because I have seen many similar questions over the years, but no definitive answers. I'm currently struggling to achieve my proper dose and levels. I did fine on Synthroid for many years – lost weight, had energy – then my health (and labs) started to decline. Unfortunately, every time my meds were raised, my weight would also increase. I'm 30 pounds heavier now. I have been fighting fluid retention ever since. This prompted me to switch doctors, and I'm now with a doctor who has me on a combo of Levoxyl and NDT (in the form of WP Thyroid).
My question is: Why with every dose change does fluid retention worsen? Is it common for things to get much worse before improving? I'm so discouraged, because I thought I would finally have a chance at losing this excess weight – but I'm now at my highest weight ever.
I'm wondering if others could chime in with their personal experiences regarding weight / fluid retention in the journey to find the proper dose. Many members have been helpful, encouraging me to be patient and that things will improve... but with each passing day it seems my energy decreases and my fluid retention stays the same or increases. Clothes don't fit. I'm depressed as I've ever been.