I wanted to get some feelers out on this. I have a follow up appointment with my Doctor in a few weeks.
1. Do you take synthroid or levothyroxine?
2. If you have tried both like me which one do you feel the best on?
3. If you have asked to go back to the Synthroid after being on Generic does the doctor/insurance usually go along with this?
4. Do you your lab results always tend to come back normal yet you still have many symptoms of Hypothyroid?
5. Why is this such a difficult thing to monitor and find the right dose? Even specialist seem to have a hard time with this one.
For me I take levothyroxine at the moment 88mcg and I still have a lot of hypo symptoms going on. My biggest complaint right now is weight gain and fatigue. When I was on Synthroid my weight held very steady. I honestly think I felt better when I was on Synthroid. At some point and time I was switched to Levothyroxine. I'm not sure if my doctor recommended this or if the pharmacy did it because it was cheaper. They have both assured me their is no difference in the two, but doing a bit of research I am finding that yes their is quite a bit of difference in the two meds. When I get my lab work done on follow up appointments they always seem to come back normal so my dose hasn't been changed in a long time. I have heard and read that sometimes when trying to go back to the Synthroid after being on the generic that doctors can put up a bit of a fight and that insurance can be a bit sticky about it. I would like to try the Synthroid again at the same dose just for comparison sake. I can honestly say that since I have been on levothyroxine I just haven't felt great. I've mentioned this to my doctor and all he has to go by is the numbers. According to the numbers I should feel fine. I'm sure many of you have heard this song before. I thought maybe my weight gain was contributed to Lyrica which I have recently stopped. I'm still gaining weight though.
I'm trying to get my thoughts on this so I can approach my doctor and say look something isn't right here. I'm still tired a lot of the time, I still am gaining weight, I still have pain issues. I feel like we're still missing a bit of the overall puzzle here. I've been dealing with Hypothyroid and Hashimoto's for over 10 years now and I just don't feel like we've hit the nail on the head with all this. It's like we're putting a piece together here and there but it just feels like we're missing something. maybe I'm thinking to much about it. I just want to go into my appointment ready to ask him to put me back on Synthroid and see if there is any change in how i feel. Is that so much to ask? I don't think he'll give me to much grief, but I've been on it now for about two years. So, I'm sure he'll question me some about why I want to suddenly switch. It seems like some months i might feel pretty good and other months i always feel like i'm coming down with something. You know how you feel when your fighting a cold you just feel iky. I've felt that way this way the last couple of months. I know it's not a cold or the flu or anything like that and i guess it just got me wondering about the difference in the two. Thanks for the input, sorry for the long post.