Finally A Diagnosis

I have a Dr. appt on Wednesday 3/9. She finally (out of the blue) decided to test me for TPO antibodies...and lo and behold it was off the charts (in the 300s!!). I am looking forward to my appt because I have known for years that I have Hashimotos but finally had the test done. Ive been on 100 mg of levothyroxine for at least 8 years and I have now started noticing some changes that i thought were menopause related (Im 52). My legs are SUPER achy, Im fatigued, forgetful (cant remember why I walked into a room), and very moody. All of which were attributed to my menopause. Not sure if she will change my med dose or completely switch but anything is better than the symptoms. I am hoping that once my dosage is regulated my legs will be better. I used to run on the treadmill...not I dread even walking on it.

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  • Shereebl,

    There isn't a treatment for Hashimoto's, Levothyroxine treats the low thyroid caused by Hashimoto's. Adopting 100% gluten-free diet has helped many members reduce Hashimoto's flare ups, symptoms and antibodies.

    If you post your recent thyroid results and ranges (figures in brackets after results) members will advise whether you are optimally medicated on 100mcg.

    Hypothyroid patients are often deficient/low in ferritin, vitamin D, B12 and folate which can cause musculoskeletal pain, fatigue and low mood similar to hypothyroid symptoms. Ask your GP to test and post the results and ranges in a new question for advice.


    I am not a medical professional and this information is not intended to be a substitute for medical guidance from your own doctor. Please check with your personal physician before applying any of these suggestions.

  • As Clutter suggests, ask for B12, ferritin, folate and Vit D to be checked. My B12 was low and I was started on B12 injections around two years ago. My VitD was only tested last summer by an endocrinologist, that was found to be low too. Low B12 causes lots of the symptoms you are describing, heavy achy legs, fatigue, poor memory. Also pins and needles, numbness, loss of balance, especially when I got up to go to the bathroom at night, I would regularly bump my shoulder on the door frame.

    Good luck with getting well again. Best wishes MariLiz

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