I hope so! Since stopping levo and starting NDT I have noticed gradual improvements. The joint pain actually reduced significantly only a couple of days after stopping the levo even though I was only taking 1 grain of NDT at that point. Gradually with each increase I have noticed further improvements. I feel more alert, more awake, I'm sleeping better and the brain-fog is now very much reduced; my brain doesn't stall in quite the same way any more unless I am really tired or stressed.
Last week (3 weeks into my 2 1/2 grain dose) I was starting to worry that the T4 was perhaps building up in my system again as my joints were stiffening and getting a little painful again. I increased my dose to 3 grains a few days ago, after checking my temperature regularly and determining it was still low, and after a couple of days I felt like my joints had been oiled! On one occasion I went to stand up after sitting on the sofa for an hour, expecting to be stiff and hurting, only to find that I could stand straight up with ease!
I still think I need a further increase or two, probably in another 3 or 4 weeks, but we shall see. For now I shall continue to take my temperature, BP and pulse and see if these are still off in 3 weeks time. If they are, I shall increase again and hopefully I will be nearly there.
Although I still have a little way to go, I am feeling so much better than I was this time last year. I gave levo a good go (several years), trying different doses, sorting out my adrenals, getting my vitamin and mineral levels up, taking glandulars etc, etc, but clearly it doesn't work for me even though it does eventually work well for most people.
If you are still not well, don't give up hope. Try to optimize your levo dose and sort out your adrenals and vitamins and minerals and, if this still doesn't work, investigate other options. There are doctors out there who are willing to help but they are sometimes difficult to find. Arm yourself with all the knowledge you can and you stand a much better chance of getting the help you need. Thanks to Thyroid UK, I am almost there and quite excited about the fact that I can potentially feel even better
Take care everyone