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Hi this just an update on my post three weeks ago when you kindly gave me lots of good advice. I had my appointment with a different GP and she immediately upped my dose to 50mcg when I explained that although my blood test was "normal" I was very symptomatic.

She also wants me to have another blood test in 8 weeks along with a test for Hashimoto's.

She listened to what I had to say and was very understanding. So, it is worth consulting another GP because she couldn't have been more different to the uncaring one I had before.

Good health to you all and wrap up warm x

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That is wonderful news! I hope you start to feel better soon :)

Carolyn x


Yes great news - sounds like you have found the right doctor. Hope things start to improve soon :) xx


Thanks Clarebear xx


There are some sympathetic drs out there who are willing to listen.

Well done and I hope you feel better soon.

Tina x


Thanks Tina xx


When you have a sympathetic doctors it makes all the difference.


Thanks Shaws. It's so nice to be listened to and somebody hearing what you are saying, rather than be told 'sorry I can't help you'. Xx




Thanks and well put! Xx


Thats interesting i only had thyroid 9 months my last blood test came back normal but i dont feel well some days so tired and now always go to bed early i used to be up late.So ased for all bloods to be done as never had them done for 5 yrs .Im always cold still have a hot sweat but not like before the thyroxine has improved that im on 25 grms.would like to know just what they mean when they say normal ....


Hi Mirabelle

ALWAYS get a copy of your blood test results - you are entitled to these:

Lots of helpful info here:

Once you have your latest results, start a new Q and post them, people will be able to offer support. :-)

Email me for the 'Pulse' article - This says that a lot of people don't feel well until their TSH is towards the bottom of the range and T4 towards the top.




Hi Mirabelle. When you get your results please do post them here. I too didn't know what was 'normal' but these guys here do. Bring informed enabled me to be more confident when going for my appointment with the doctor.

Have you read Dr. Toft's book? I was advised to read it when I posted for the first time and it really is helpful. X


hai mirabelle even mee to experiencing the same thing,my tsh is normal but i am not feelingwell i am becoming tired and ofcourse there was hairfall too


quote ...Except in the case of a goiter, most endocrinologists and conventional physicians will not treat Hashimoto's disease, as diagnosed by elevated antibody levels, unless other thyroid function tests such as TSH are outside the normal range.

There are, however, some endocrinologists, as well as holistic MDs, osteopaths and other practitioners, who believe that Hashimoto's disease -- as confirmed by the presence of thyroid antibodies -- along with symptoms, are enough to warrant treatment with small amounts of thyroid hormone.

The practice of treating patients who have Hashimoto's thyroiditis but normal range thyroid function tests is supported by a study, reported on in the March 2001 issue of the journal Thyroid. In this study, German researchers reported that use of levothyroxine treatment for cases of Hashimoto's autoimmune thyroiditis where TSH had not yet elevated beyond normal range (people who were considered "euthyroid") could reduce the incidence and degree of autoimmune disease progression.

In the study of 21 patients with euthyroid Hashimoto's Thyroiditis (normal range TSH, but elevated antibodies), half of the patients were treated with levothyroxine for a year, the other half were not treated. After 1 year of therapy with levothyroxine, the antibody levels and lymphocytes (evidence of inflammation) decreased significantly only in the group receiving the medication. Among the untreated group, the antibody levels rose or remained the same.

The researchers concluded that preventative treatment of normal TSH range patients with Hashimoto's disease reduced the various markers of autoimmune thyroiditis, and speculated that that such treatment might even be able to stop the progression of Hashimoto's disease, or perhaps even prevent development of the hypothyroidism.


I posted this so that anyone with a non co operative GP can look up the study!

Thyroid, 2001 Mar;11(3):249-55, "One-year prophylactic treatment of euthyroid Hashimoto's thyroiditis patients with levothyroxine: is there a benefit?"

June 2001 Findings of the 83rd Annual Meeting of the Endocrine Society, Denver, Colorado

Beckett GJ, Arthur JR. "Selenium and endocrine systems." J Endocrinol. 2005 Mar;184(3):455-65.

Oct. 2002, The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, Vol. 87, No. 4 1490-1498


Congratulations! I am also new here and in a similar position. I've been taking 50mcg levo for three weeks now but feel no improvement yet.

Perseverence is the key, I think.


I was told it would take a few weeks before I felt some improvement.

It would appear thyroid medication is a matter of patience! Please post when you feel some improvement x


Well done babe, it is comforting to know that there are still good GP's out there that actually listen to their patients xx

Ann xx


Thanks Ann xx


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