I just started consistently taking medication in the last 6-8 weeks. I'd been on for four weeks without guidance, then stopped. Tried again for two weeks, reacted poorly (chest pains/palps...), then stopped. Changed docs, took another med for three weeks then never heard from that doc again, after requesting the refill. Stopped again. Ugh! It's been trying.
But now, I have consistently been on the same brand/type meds and titrating slowly (up every 10 days) for the last 8 weeks or so. I'm now up to 3/4 grain Nature Throid (I know, but my starting dose was super low, 1/8g while I worked on Iron and D).
Yet, I've met many people at my job, who have been on Armour Thyroid for two weeks and started feeling entirely back to their usual selves within that short time span. I realize I'm still on a introductory dose, and many variables come into play, like conversion and mineral absorption, but I wonder, generally, shouldn't I feel even slightly better, instead of getting new symptoms (foot swelling and nerve pain at swelling site, worsened carpet tunnel pain) ?
My labs are not particularly out of range, but I have had 17 symptoms throughout this ordeal. I wonder, and if you have a word on this I'd really appreciate it, whether the more symptoms one has despite his her lab values, the more medication they will need to feel relief??? Or does dose amount typically correspond more closely to FT3/FT4/antibodies levels?
Do you know of instances where a person who's labs are close to "normal" but has SEVERAL SYMPTOMS, takes more medication than say a person who's blood LABS are grossly out of range?
I'm suspecting I may feel some slight relief once I get to 1grain or 1.5, but I wants to ask all of you who have experience and practice in this.
Thank you so much for your time.