diagnosed hypothyroid in january 2014. Up to 112 synthroid. Thyroid test yesterday at 8.72. Have chronic persistent pitting edema in feet, legs, arms, a little in hands and sometimes in face.
Doctor ordered an echocardiogram and a chest xray. I am freaked out. Should I be seeing an endocronologist? My doctor is very responsive to me and is sincerly trying to help. My biggest concern is this chronic swelling. I cant fit in clothes and am very uncomfortobale [Less]
Your doctor is doing an appropriate work up for "pitting edema" which is caused by water retention, not hypothyroidism. He is responsive, so follow his advice, but also call urgently if symptoms worsen (such as you can't lie down flat without getting short of breath).
Your labs do show a picture of being undermedicated. Whether it because your doctor wants to "start low, go slow" with gradually increasing doses of Synthroid, or whether your body would respond better to Natural Desiccated Thyroid (Nature-throid, Armour Thyroid, etc.), can not be determined from the information you provided, nor can I give an opinion without establishing a doctor-patient relationship.
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