I’m glad to have found this great resource! I was recently diagnosed borderline hypothyroid and would love support to tease out this puzzle so that I don’t start on medication if it’s not needed. I have been reading the horrible stories of people taking Levothyroxine on here! I do not take any other medication and am generally very healthy, without being overzealous.
I recently had a physical and my doc wants to put me on 25 mcg of Levothyroxine. I am borderline low thyroid, but I do not have any symptoms (I don’t think). I am a 34 year old woman with no children and the only problematic symptoms I experience are insomnia (especially during ovulation when I have more energy) with a feeling of being totally awake inside my mind when I try to sleep (not worrying, just awake), intolerance to heat, especially at night (my beau and I can’t even snuggle as I am too hot), and mild mood swings (it appears I am working on anger and occasional sadness at the moment, having gone through a period of working through anxiety the last 10 years). But I am generally happy and super functional. I sometimes feel very tired (who among us doesn't?), but that seems more related to when I can’t sleep or am overworking. I am a lacto-ovo vegetarian and include salmon once a month or so. I supplement with B12, a food-based multivitamin (Vitamineral Green), Maca powder, an ayurvedic compound called Shilajit, and some therapeutic grade essential oils (mostly Frankincense, Fir, Orange, and Peppermint). I exercise 3-5 times weekly, including cardio, core, and power yoga.
My question is if I should really put Levothyroxine in my body or if there are other more holistic things I can/should be doing before going the Western-medication route, especially since I don’t seem to have the classic symptoms of hypothyroidism. I’m hesitant to start a medication for many reasons, one being that I periodically go on meditation retreats in which I stop all medication and supplementation (even caffeine!) and don’t want to make things harder on myself. I have included my recent lab results below (again, I have NOT started taking any medication or even herbs for low thyroid). I appreciate any input you have!
Free T4 1.2
VIT D 26
SODIUM, SERUM 140