I discovered this site yesterday, and I thought maybe you lovely people could help me with my dilemma. I apologize if a similar thread already exists, but I couldn’t find a post that would suit my current situation. So, let’s start, shall we?
A little background: I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s about, I think, two and a half years ago. I had all the symptoms of hypo you can imagine (i.e. heart palpitations, weight gain, low body temp, etc.) . My doctor at the time had me do TSH (6.02), FT3 (upper normal) and FT4 (lower normal), and after a year I also did an antibody test: A-TG (445.9 IU/ml – 115.0 is normal) and A-TPO (217.7 IU/ml – 34.00 is normal), with hormones TSH (4.51), FT3 and FT4 stayed roughly the same. After that I did a little research because my doctor refused to explain anything to me and give me medication (he wanted to ‘Wait and see’), so I eliminated gluten and maintained a balanced, healthy diet.
My doctor always said that diet didn’t play a role but the last time I checked with him (August of last year) my antibodies lowered significantly (A-TG=47.30 IU/ml, A-TPO=161.5 IU/ml), but my hormones stayed the same, with TSH being a tad bit higher. Also worth noting, thyroid ultrasound showed little to no new damage since first check.
After that I decided to change doctors, and went to another endo in February of this year. He looked at the old labs, made some new tests (T4=8.2 mcg(?)/dl (normal range: 4.8-11.6), THS=3.6 mlU/l (normal: 0.4-3.45), and Tg-At=164.5 IU/ml (normal: <150 IU/ml), but no FT3 or FT4). He put me on 25mcg of levothyroxine sodium (specifically ½ a pill of Letrox 50) which I’ve been taking since the 5th of March. Back then he told me to schedule an appointment in two months.
The first three weeks I felt perfectly fine (all hypo symptoms had disappeared), but two weeks ago I started having major problems with sleep and blood sugar (inability to stay asleep once I wake up, even if I’m still tired/sleepy; waking in the middle of the night super hungry, and having to eat every hour while awake because if I don’t I get lightheaded and start shaking), blood pressure and the heart (great fluctuations in bp, but high bp most of the time; heart racing/pounding (up to 110-140 bpm), arrhythmia etc.) and my body in general (tremors, nervousness, trouble using hands while writing, achy muscles and joints, some speech problems).
So, to conclude this huge pile of information, my question is: could I be overmedicated? I will get my blood tested tomorrow and I will try to make an earlier appointment with my endo, but I wondered if it’s okay that I skipped today’s dose (bc I had heart racing last night (140bpm), couldn’t sleep at all and felt very lightheaded and shaky for the last two days) and if it would be okay to take my pill every other day as of tomorrow until I get to my endo/feel better?
I apologize for bombarding you with so much information but I am very, very worried. Thank you for taking time and reading this! I appreciate it!