New. Just began 25 mcg Levothyroxine

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   Posted 10/25/2016 8:53 AM (GMT -7)   
After several years of strange, unexplained symptoms, I have just been put on Levo after my GP tested my tsh & I had been complaining of needing a nap daily to make it through the day.
My TSH level is not terribly high, 4.68, but my doctor did not order the other thyroid tests, which I had requested.
I am due to have my levels checked again in about 2 weeks.

I am still tired, although slightly less so, but I'm also now experiencing slightly more hair loss, a lot of breast tenderness and even some lactating! I emailed my GP to ask if this could be due to the medication or my thyroid. She replied that it was unlikely.

I think it's unlikely to have these new symptoms at the same time as having begun a new medication and have it be a coincidence...
But so many people (medical) I have spoken to about Levo have told me the medication causes no symptoms because it's mimicking something the body makes naturally. Why??

I'm hoping when I go back I can convince the doctor to do a full work up for the blood work.

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   Posted 10/25/2016 10:49 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi searching1,

Your TSH is indeed indicative of being hypothyroid, what Levothyroxine brand name have they put you on? is it generic or brand name? it is better to be on brand name levo so that your weekly dose remains consistent, with generic your pharmacy might change the supplier and thus changing the formulation of the medication which in turn alters the amount absorbed.

What is your weekly dose of levo? this is very important to start on an amount which is proportional to the initial TSH you have, and then to increase as need based on TSH.

You also need to ask your doctor to test you for the Hashimoto's disease antibodies, those are TGab and antiTPOab if positive then there is no need to repeat the test.

Also two weeks since starting levo is not enough time, the result will be only a noise and not informative at all, you need to be on the same medication and weekly dose for at least six weeks and only then to perform TSH, FREE T3 and FREE T4, but the TSH is the most important and remains the golden standard by which to diagnose and treat thyroid patients.

BTW, Levo can cause side effects if you are over medicated for example, or if your body does not tolerate a certain brand/formulation.

Best of luck and keep us updated,

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Date Joined Jul 2014
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   Posted 10/25/2016 11:56 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi! Thanks for responding.

I have been on 25 mcg of generic Levothyroxine (daily) for 4 weeks now.

Thank you for the testing info as well! I had heard of doing the free T3 & free T4, but not the TGab and antiTPOab. Good to know!
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