I was wondering if any of the knowledgeable people here would give me some advice. I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism about four years ago after feeling terrible for about ten years. I was put on levothyroxine, and the dose was raised a couple of times until it reached 0.75mcg. It took about three years on the medication before I started to feel 'normal'. I am no longer exhausted all the time, I am (slowly) losing weight, and I am no longer so clumsy that I fall over while just walking. I feel pretty good, in comparison to how I felt for so long.
The nurse practitioner I was seeing was pretty conservative about raising my dose of levothyroxine. She would not raise it when I was feeling crappy 18 months ago and my TSH it was 4.95ulU/ml (0.34-5.60ulU/ml). I got the idea that it could be dangerous to take too much levothyroxine. However, she left the clinic that I go to and they assigned me to a new nurse practitioner. I had a blood draw in July, and my TSH was 2.87ulU/ml (0.34-5.60ulU/ml range). I told the nurse I was feeling pretty good, and she said that she would normally suggest that I up my dose with those numbers, but that she would leave it as is since I was feeling fine.
Since then I've been thinking I should go back and ask her to up my dose. I feel OK, but I don't have near the energy that I had when I was younger (I'm 52). Occasionally I still have days when I am tired and lethargic for no reason.
Do you think a higher levothyroxine dose would help? Is there any reason I shouldn't ask her to raise the dose?