Friday, December 18, 2009

Thyroid med update -- for those who are interested

As I said before, in all the many lab tests Dr. Pushy ordered, one did turn up something -- the thyroid antibodies test. A followup test ordered by my current doctor revealed a similar result, so she recommended treatment with a low dose of levothyroxine to help stop my system from attacking the thyroid. On the low dose (25 mcg.), I was feeling a little more energetic at first but then things seemed to level out. At my latest appointment we discussed upping my dosage, and I decided to go ahead and try that.

No dramatic weight loss, though the books suggested I shouldn't expect that. What I did experience at first was a little boost in mood and a lot more energy. I try the higher dose tomorrow, so we'll see if I feel a difference again.

6 comments:

  1. Well damn, I just learned something! I did not know about the meds affecting the immune response. Very good to know.

    What I found, when I was borderline but with Hashimoto's antibodies, was that going on the levoyxl helped with water retention. I lost a few pounds that way, which was nice, but alas, I didn't lose heaps.

    Please do report back with how it affects you. Everybody's mileage can vary.

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  3. hmmm... I hadn't heard of this before. Usually hypothyroidism is the first indication a patient has of Hashimoto's. And in that case, synthetic thyroid replacement has to be ordered anyway to maintain normal T4 balance (and most doctors don't look at T3, which is also important!)

    I'd like to see the study done for those already hypothyroid... because I've been on synthetic thyroid replacement for years, and obviously it hasn't helped me much. Plus my daughter (who was sub-clinical but taking synthetic thyroid replacement anyway) suddenly went off the charts with her TSH increase, T4 drop, and TPO WAY high...

    It would be interesting to see what other studies have been done since 2001... I'll have to do some research!

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  4. Some people have found that gluten can increase the thyroid antibodies...going easy or quitting gluten can help. I just had my levoxyl dose lowered for the first time in a LONG time. I had had Hashimotos for about 8 years and have been taking 200 mcg of levoxyl a day. Now....down to 175 mcg. Still a wicked high dose....but, my body is responding to gluten-free living. Whoot.

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  6. Too much thyroid hormone can make you lose weight, speed up your pulse and make you very sensitive to heat. I've been taking Eltroxin for a while.

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