So it’s been a little while since my last post and I apologize – I have been patiently biding my time until enough weeks past to feel the results of my medicine. Things were not so good…
On my introduction page, I talk about how in November I was just getting started on Synthroid because my TSH level had spiked up to 57 and I was just feeling the absolute worst. My doctor and I talked a little bit and she thought that going right back on to the Levothyroxine 75 mcg was the ticket, but I had reservations. In my previous experience, when my TSH was only a 6, I started on the 75mcg and that’s when I shot clear over into hyperthyroidism quite badly. I was concerned that it would do the exact same thing again and I’d just be in this terrible back-and-forth swinging stage where my body was unable to stabilize in the middle ground.
I was able to convince her that I should try name brand Synthroid and start at 25 mcg. After all, if 75 mcg of the Levo was too high, this lighter dose should be good to slowly take me back down into normal ranges. So I started the 25mcg of Synthroid and faithfully took it for 5 weeks. When I went back in to have my blood drawn the end of November, the day before Thanksgiving, I thought I was feeling a little better, but I still had some symptoms. The results were just as shocking as before:
My TSH had INCREASED. I was shocked…. I wondered how? How could it have possibly kept going up when I had taken my medicine perfectly every day? My doctor suggested that I must have had some type of thyroiditis that had manipulated my past results making them appear more “normal” than they really were. That really could explain why I felt so bad all through my teenage and early 20’s years and still had “normal” bloodwork. I’ve read many similar stories from others who have suffered silently while being told there is nothing wrong with them all because of the blood test results being within “normal” ranges. (See how I keep emphasizing “normal”? It’s because I hate that range…. what is considered “normal” for most may not be “normal” for others, but we’ve been dismissed!)
My doctor took my height and weight into account and started me on Synthroid 100 mcg and hopes to increase to 125 mcg in another couple of weeks. I do notice a difference in how I feel when on Synthroid vs. Levothyroxine. I have fewer mood swings, less dry skin, I don’t feel as brain-foggy either and am overall more stable day-to-day. I’m going to continue to monitor where I am and hopefully have another test in a few weeks to see if there has been any improvement.
Thank you for keeping up with me and everything I’m going through. I hope that it shows that the fight really is never ending and that we cannot give up, only keep searching for better ways to manage. I’ll post again after my next bloodwork. 🙂