I was at the doctors today and my Levothyroxine has been increased to 50mcg as my TSH level has went from 1.3 to 5.51.
I've also had problems with my eyes for 12 weeks (since i was diagnosed as under active thyroid). I've posted before asking for advice as they are always puffy,swollen,dry and red. Doctors prescribed me Eumovate (a strong steroid) and Hydromol ointment and an antihistamine a month ago. They seem to be working but I am having to use the steroid cream every few days, and your not supposed to use this long term as it burns a layer of your skin.
My main concern regarding my blood results today is that the doctor was very concerned, my Vitamin B12 is very low. It should range between 200-600 and mine is 107. The doctor doesn't understand why as I have a varied diet. I was glad to have this diagnosis as it explains why I am permanently exhausted but do you think this could be why I'm having problems with my eyes? I have been prescribed Hydroxycobalamin injections that I have to get every 2nd day for two weeks and then I'll have some more blood tests done and most likely be put on an oral supplement. But the doctor said because its so low he may have to refer me to Hematologist. I'm very worried about this and feel my body is just deteriorating.
Has anyone else had very low Vitamin B12 and underactive thyroid?
Unless you are very frail with a heart disease, the starting dose should have been 50mcg with an increase of 25mcg every six weeks until your TSH is 1 or lower. I do know many doctors believe that 'in range' is fine for the TSH but that isn't right and they are poorly trained about dysfunctions of the thyroid gland.
If your B12, Vit D, iron, ferritin and folate haven't been tested ask for these the next time. Are you aware of the procedure for getting the best result out of blood tests, i.e. the earliest possible time, etc et.
Ive been telling the doctors for months I need an increase and they have only just done that today. Ive been taking 25mcg since I was diagnosed and just increased it to 50mcg today.
Ive just had my test results also today for B12,Vitamin D, Iron, ferratin and folate and B12 is very low, 107.
I always fast for blood tests
I was reading your post and wanted say that my doctor started me on 25mcg of Synthroid and kept me on that dosage for way too long!!! I started having bad side effects until I reached out to someone on this website who let me know what to do. I was on 25mcg for 3 months when my dosage was supposed to be increased in 6 wks.
When I finally went back to the doctor he only increased my by 1/2 tablet for a total of 37 mcg!! Which still wasn't helping!! I am done with traditional doctors! I am now in the beginning stages of treating myself and this will also help me to save money that I have thrown away on doctors. I just recently ordered NDT from thailand and waiting for it to arrive. We all have to take charge of our health!
I much prefer self-medicating due to the fact that I have become well again.
Also on the forum when we learn that there are options of thyroid hormone replacements instead of the 'one size fits all' (i.e. levo) comes as a surprise. Of course many do recover their health on levo which relieves their symptoms (I have met people who have had no problems with levo) but for those who remain unwell and have a life of difficulties because doctors hands are tied as they've had to do as they're directed. Also there is the danger that these patients might develop other more serious conditions due to not being on an optimum dose being restricted due to the TSH being in range.