I have hypothyroid and am prescribed synthroid every day. Here's the thing, after about 14 days I "tip over" into what feels like (has symptoms of) hyperthyroidism (My doctor said I had a toxic level of medication in my system the last time this happened.). At that point I go off the meds for about 10 days to clear my system and start over. My doctor told me I metabolize "weird". He suggested alternating 25 and 50 every other day, but after 14 days...BOOM. I'm "tipped over" again and I am suffering. Has anyone ever heard of taking the medicine every other day? I really have to find the right balance soon, I can't keep going like this. My doctor said I just have to find the right balance, but he's not sure what it is. I want to do what is healthy and safe, has anyone any suggestions? Thank you!
I don't actually know my levels, my doctor doesn't tell me. I do know that he doesn't consider my problem to be a bad one. My symptoms are: a feeling in my upper chest of rushing adrenaline that is so bad that I think I will faint or have a heart attack, shakiness, sweating, head spinning and also really dry skin. It's all tied to the feeling of rushing adrenaline. From what I've read it's what hyperthyroidism feels like, so I say I've tipped over into hyper from hypo because that's what it feels like. My doctor said something about metabolizing the medicine "weird" and accumulating too much in my system. (He's right, I've had trouble all my life because I do metabolize medicines strangely. He's not the first doctor to be confused by me.) If you can give me any advice on this I would be so grateful, so appreciative. Thank you!
You may ask your doctor for a copy of your labs. I ask for a copy every single time.
The systems that you are describing sounds more hyper. Why doesn;t he put you on 37.5 or let you take 5 days on 25mg and 2 days of 50 mg.
I was going throught the same thing as you. Right now I take 5 days of 100 and 2 days of 112 and my TSH is now 1.42.
Is the alternating working for you? I like your suggestion, I'm going to tell my doctor about it. Last time I saw him he said my levels were a little low on the 50 every day but within acceptable margins. I think he doesn't want me too low, but I can't live with what the docs think is normal. I had to go to the hospital the first time I "tipped over" from hypo to hyper and the test showed my thyroid level as completely normal when in fact I was in severe hyperthyroid at the time. When my thyroid is low I feel great! It really makes me question whether to take the medicine or not. Any advice would be so helpful!
We'd be happy to try and help assess your condition it you will tell us more. How long were you on the 250 mcg of T4 (I assume)? What were the symptoms that caused you to go off the med? What symptoms did you have when off the med. Please post your thyroid related test results and reference ranges shown on the lab report.
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