I've been on Levo (75 mcg) for 3 years now, but following a virus last winter I became constantly tired. My doctor diagnosed CFS in July and referred me to an endocrinologist. After three visits (between September and December) he's agreed to a trial of Liothyronine. Am seeing my doctor tomorrow about this (endo didn't give me details).
My dilemma is that in the meantime I have changed my diet (more info below*) following advice from a nutritionist in July, and over the past month I've started to feel quite a lot better.
I really believe the dietary stuff has made a difference to my energy levels - in the Summer I was exhausted all the time and stopped work, I was having to sleep for two hours most afternoons and sleeping at least 10 hours every night. For the past month I've not been sleeping in the day and just not feeling so desperately tired all the time.
I feel lucky to have been offered this trial (having read on this site so many people's battles with GPs and Endos), but am wary of changing things when I'm feeling better than I was (although hardly vibrant) and aware that getting the dose right etc will be quite a process (although I've ordered Paul Robinson's book and am prepared to do whatever I need to do to be well again).
I would appreciate advice from anyone who is taking/has taken Liothyroxine.
*The nutritionist suggested I give up gluten, caffeine, alcohol, smoking (of course), all sugar and dairy and eat a high protein low carb diet.
She also recommended some supplements: Pantothenic Acid (B5), to support adrenals, BioCare Mindlinx probiotic with L-glutamine to heal gut lining, and milk thistle / liquorice / garlic tincture to balance blood sugar levels and reduce stress.
I did most of this except haven't managed to give up all sugar and dairy (especially after giving up smoking in October) and over the past 3 weeks have indulged in all sorts of gluten/alcohol/sugar/cream/choc etc. But am getting back on it TOMORROW with a full on cleanse.
Also huge thanks to everyone on this site, it's been a mine of information and encouragement,