I'm newly diagnosed with hypothyroidism.
This happened following a routine trip to the endo regarding a non-functioning pituitary adenoma* where i mentioned (as I have for several years) that I feel tired often and also mentioned (as I did last year) that I seem to be experiencing symptoms of early menopause because I get night sweats. The endo did some blood tests this time as she felt 41 was too young for early menopause and that the night sweats might be caused by vitamin D deficiency...
On Thursday my GP called and told me that they had the tests back from the endo in Oxford and that I probably have Hashimoto's, I need a vitamin D supplement and that I need to pick up a prescription for 75mcg Levothyroxine daily.**
I took it on the first morning as directed and had coffee about half an hour later and felt as sick as a dog all day. I googled and the next day took the tablets at 4am so as not to interfere with the coffee and still I felt sick and dizzy all day and was sleeping badly. I initially thought this was just my body getting used to the medication. The more I read here and in other places, however, the more I began to suspect I had symptoms of levo overdose. So, I called the GP who suggested I knock back to 50mcg. I've been taking 50 mcg for two days now and whilst I feel a bit better, it seems that ever since I've been on this, I feel sick and dizzy after lunch particularly.
So, a couple of questions:
1. anyone else had this random sick/dizzy after lunch thing?
2. Is 75 mcg a high start? Would there be a reason to do this?
As I mentioned, the endo didn't do every thyroid test - she was testing other hormone functions at the same time - nor iron, B12, etc., so I just have what I have for thyroid and it is:
Free Thyroxine 10.
Thanks for reading - just looking at other posts has been really informative so it's good to know you're all out there. I'd be really interested to know what you think of the starting dose as it's been tough.
*benign tumour on the pituitary gland which does not (yet?) interfere with hormone function and production.
**I have the test print out and nobody can say whether I have Hashimoto's or otherwise as they didn't test for thyroid antibodies. I'll get them to confirm this at the retest in a few weeks because it indicates a change in the adenoma otherwise, i'd have thought.