I was diagnosed with Hashimoto's on July 9, 2012 and was started on Levothyroxine the next day, 112 MCG. I am a 33 year old male, 6'2" about 170 lbs. My main symptom was constant fatigue. It's been about two and a half weeks since I started my meds and I'm feeling extremely tired all of the time. During the first few days I couldn't get to sleep (in the past I would be out within minutes of lying down), but now I just feel exhausted. Is this normal? Will this go away or get better once my body adjusts?
Here are my lab results:
Free T4 - 1.1 Range 0.8-1.8
TSH 6.53 Range 0.2 - 4.5
Thyroid Peroxidase (TPO) Antibodies 244.6 Range 0 - 9.0
112 mcg is a very large dose to start with. It's best to start with a low dose and work up slowly. It takes 4-6 weeks for the medication to reach full potential in your blood, but you could start feeling some effects from it sooner.
Many patients report worsening symptoms, once they start on medication, because it does take the body time to get used to having the hormones again.
You might try splitting the pills in 1/2 for a couple of weeks and let your body become accustomed to having the hormones, then add in the rest.
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