I am anxious to figure out how long this will take to kick in. With a TSH of 94, it will probably take awhile for my new t4 to convert to enough t3 to do its job. The first sign I will know it is working, is if my pain in my hip and in my wrist goes away! I wanted to list other symptoms I had, but didn’t realize it was related to hypothyroid.
- Unable to lose weight (10 lbs I’ve been trying to lose for several years and gained another 5 lbs I want to lose from the last few weeks)
- Spike in total cholesterol (by 100 points)
- Pain in wrist and hips
- heavier than normal periods.
- forgetful (and I’ll add my friends said I seemed really slow and “out of it” at our late night meetings)
- COLD! although its 94 degrees and summer.
- Easily distracted! I can’t do one task for more than a few minutes before I think I have something else to do.
I don’t know that I’ll ever know what the cause of my hypothyroid is, but here are some things I could possibly suspect.
- Diet Coke! The Potassium benzoate has been shown to destroy thyroid!!
- the auto-immune disease Hashimoto’s disease. Very possible considering its the most common cause of hypothyroid, and I have another auto-immune problem, ulcerative colitis.
- I took Ephedra about 10 years ago. That could very well have something to do with it.
- Years of eating low calories. I was never extreme though, and NEVER have been anorexic… but I usually consume between 1200-2000 calories per day. Seems normal, but maybe that was low??
Now I need to figure out what to do to make this levothyroxin work to its potential. I know I needed T4 (mine was 0.4), so its a good prescription for me. But I want to capitalize on the absorption of it. It says not to take it within four hours of taking antacids, vitamins, iron, soy, calcium, or fiber! What am I supposed to have for breakfast???