I am glad you may be finding some answers to your situation. I am totally a believer in birth causing issues for women - not only thryroid - but all the hormones within the body. If I only knew then.
As birth control became advanced and more widely used the hypothroidism and adrenal fatigue also has increased.
I believe in starting over to a point - but you may have some connection or tests you had done that may help determine the problem. If I were you - see what the new doctor says - have those tests with you ( just in case) and pull them out if you get confused.
SOmetimes starting over confuses the patient more. I know - I have started over many times in 6 years.
I had major GYN issues about 4 yrs ago ... I kept saying it was hormonal .. they pushed Zoloft, etc. Long story short .. it all appeared as fast as it disappeared and Zoloft did nothing for the anxiety as I wasn't clinically depressed, etc. Since my thyroid surgery and now on Synthroid with a new TSH for me ALL those symptoms are long gone .. all of them ... so now they all say, "Geez, you must have been subclincal hypo for a long tme" .. hmmmmm is what I say!
we truly need to know more about the meds we're given and there side affects. I look at pills I'm given and automatically ask what are the side affects. I know whatever they tell me I am most likely going to suffer so I truly think long and hard to decide if I'm ready to deal with them or not. Sometimes I've ask for other meds. I am so sensitive to pills and I know my body doesn't take well to them so I have to be careful. It took along time to get to this point. I was scared of ?ing the doctor. I didn't want to feel ignorant because I am not a physician. I know now that I have to be somewhat critical of my doctor and ask many questions before I am given anything!
All my levels for T3 T4 and TSH are all "good" according to my endo, but I still feel like ****, never sleep, tired, cranky and body aches I can't explain. I'm sick and tired of being sick and tired and I don't know what else to do. I'm taking .88 mcg and my thyroid was removed in November 2004. I don't remember the last time I felt "good" or normal. I truly feel like a hypochondriac but all I am complaining about is exactly what I feel. Now I don't say anything even to my family. It's so depressing..oh well...thanks for the support of this forum that I know I'm not alone.
Congratulations Carlene. I use to blame myself too -- like it was all in my head and why am I so lazy. But knowing that I wasn't making up my symptoms and I'm not the only one helped tremendously in getting answers and being aggressive at seeking help.
I have a similar story, posted on another thread here (where you'll find many similar stories)....link below.
I have read a number of people not experiencing much change in symptoms with synthetic thyroid hormone treatment. My specialist put me on NATURAL THYROID EXTRACT (hormone) and my improvement was dramatic. I was a new woman (or basically, I became again the woman I was in my early 20s).
If the synthetic treatment isn't working, ask your doctor about the natural option. Both my doctors (I've got a new one) believe it is more readily taken up by our bodies.
My story (in 2 posts) is in the thread: