I've been following the blog for some time now and it has helped me tremendously understand things about my condition that unfortunately my endo didn't tell me about. I am still however seeking help and advise since in spite of being on medication for over a year now, I am not getting better (an issue I noticed a lot of people have, here).
So, I am a 36year old female and was diagnosed with Hypothyroidism over a year ago, my endo put me in 25mcg of Euthyrox (Levothyroxine) right away. 3 months later, although my THS levels came back to normal but the symptoms, not as severe but still pretty bad, persisted. So he increased my dosage to 50mcg. Another 3 months from dose increase I saw another endo, TSH levels came slightly higher but within the normal range so he prescribed the same dosage i.e. 50mcg. Hashimoto's and Insulin resistance were both negative.
Now, over year on 50 mcg I still have the following:
- Sleep disorders. I have a hard time sleeping at night. Even when I do fall asleep, I keep waking up. As a result I have a hard time waking up in the morning, wake up always tired with sore muscles. Because I am sleepy all day, I've started sleeping during the day at odd hours.
- Muscle Pain. I have very poor muscle tone. I cannot workout anymore, if I do, I am sore and in pain for days. My arms and shoulders hurt the most. I do have leg cramps (specially the calves) every now and then too.
- Poor Digestion. I am bloated ALL THE TIME. No matter what I eat or don't eat, I've tried going completely gluten free, even then salads and certain vegetables would make me bloat. The only time I wasn't bloated was when I was on a detox diet for 5 days which entailed having only vegetable juices.
- And the worst one - Weight Gain. I have gained over 10lbs since the time I started the medication. I know weight gain is one of the symptoms, but once the treatment starts shouldn't the weight stabilize? Nothing works, no amount of dieting or workout shows.
Based on all of the above, please tell me what else I need to get tested for. I read somewhere Leptin intolerance could be one of the reasons for not benefiting from thyroid medication. I am scheduled to see yet another endo next week, and would really appreciate if somebody could guide me for the tests I need to ask for, or any other questions I should be asking him.