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Under active thyroid issues

Hi All,

First time post for me.

I am 32 years old and have been underactive for the past 8 years now. I’m on Levothyroxine (75mg), recently I have been suffering with the following issues:

Very dry/irritated throat, I have had horrible problems with my throat (constantly dry and frequent tonsillitis).

Breathing is very tight, it feels like I cant get a FULL lungful of air and that my breath keeps catching, its a horrible feeling.

I have been to the Dr who sent me to get my thyroid checked as it was my annual review time and apparently they were normal.

Has anybody else experienced this and any recommendations?



1 Reply

Welcome to our forum Rob

Most of us on this forum are here because the guidelines laid down for thyroid gland dysfunctions didn't make us well.

So it is not unusual to feel very unwell and the first learning phrase to ignore is 'normal'. It is meaningless, particularly when the patient on thyroid hormone replacements feels anything but normal with maybe even more clinical symptoms than before being diagnosed.

We have to read and learn and ask questions to further our knowledge, to return to reasonable good health which is possible if we are allowed to assist in our medication. If not many of our members have self-medicated.

First of all always get a print-out of your blood tests with the ranges each time you have a test.

Next, when you are due a blood test allow 24 hours between your last dose of levo and the test which should be the earliest possible and fast. (you can drink water). Take levo afterwards.

Levo should be taken first thing with one glass of water and wait about 1 hour before eating. Or you can take it at bedtime as long as you've last eaten 2 to 2.5 hours before.

If GP hasn't tested your B12, Vit D, iron, ferritin and folate request these as we are usually deficient.

Personally I think your dose of 75 mcg might be a little low. But we need the results with the ranges if you can get a copy. Post it on a new question for comments. Some surgeries charge a nominal sum for paper/ink. Mine takes 30p.

Your symptoms above sound clinical symptoms, i.e. breathlessness etc.

Onwards and upwards :) .


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