Hello all - I am new to this thread. I saw a doctor because I was feeling different than my usual self and was having strange "palpitations". After getting my heart checked out, it was found to be fit. Doctor then ran thyroid test and my TSH came in at 4.51. Doctor requested retest in 6 months. In the interim, I took a natural remedy called Thyroid Compete, hoping to better things. Well, to my unpleasant surprise, my TSH is now 5.43 so the doctor put me on 50 mcg Levothyroxine. The confusion is this: I don't get tire, I have not gained any weight (in fact, I have lost 5 pounds without trying), no muscle pain, no weakness, memory is sharp, etc. I can't dispute the blood test, but, from what I have read of side effects of medication plus the thought of taking this stuff for life, and in the absence of so many symptoms, I am wondering if there is an alternative way to manage this. Has anyone had success with alternative solutions? Medication side effects seems almost worse than symptoms.