Hi, please can you help
~8 months ago I had a hemi-thyroidectomy, as a large goitre had been found on my thyroid. The surgery went as planned and all was removed.
Following the surgery I had a few weeks of feeling strange - the dizziness was the worst as I wasn't expecting it, however my GP didn't necessarily think the dizziness was related to my surgery?!
Just over 3 months ago - after a raft of blood tests, I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism and my GP started me on 100mg of levothyroxine.
Perhaps now I should mention that prior to surgery I had normal thyroid function and was fit and healthy. Since my OP, my weight has increased by just over 2 stone!
After 3 months of taking the medication I went back to my GP as my weight hadn't changed and while the foggy headed-ness and lethargy has lifted, my weight is still a huge issue (no pun intended!). Just 2 weeks ago my GP increased my levels to 150mg per day and I just wondered how long it might take for me to notice a difference?
I have of course asked the GP but to be honest the advice was vague and that "it can vary per person" (which perhaps that is the only real answer there is?). I have conducted many internet searches and to be honest have found the negative side & long term effects' stories very scary, especially as I understand I will be on this treatment for the rest of my life. The posts I have read are interesting but the experiences are slightly different to mine, so I wanted to share my experience and seek advice.
In case age/gender has an impact, I'm female aged 36. I eat and drink sensibly - like I did prior to my op, I exercise regularly and am not relying on the medication alone, however I'd be grateful if someone could advise how long it might take for me to see a difference please!
Many thanks in advance