• Do thyroid replacements ever provide a feeling of stability?

    Asked by bigjan on Monday, May 6, 2013

    Do thyroid replacements ever provide a feeling of stability?

    I really can't tell much difference since I've been taking them.

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    • SueRae1's Avatar

      I am on levothyroxin due to hypothyroidism, and my MIL was put on it after her thyroid cancer treatment. it can take months, even up to a year to get the right dose for a given individual. you will also continue to be tested because as time passes your dose may change up or down. It took about 6 months to finally get me on the right amount of meds, and I've needed two adjustments in the 6 years.

      Good luck.

      over 3 years ago
    • GregP_WN's Avatar

      I have been on the levothyroxin for about 2 years. I get checked about every 6 months and it has been upped twice. I show no symptoms and cannot tell a difference that I ever started taking it, nor can I tell a difference when I'm tested and they say I needed a stronger dose.

      So I guess I'm with you Jan. Then again, I'm not "normal".

      over 3 years ago
    • Tracy's Avatar

      Yes, you will find the correct dose and it will get stable. Make sure you take it the same time in the morning (when you get up) and wait an hour before food. It does take awhile to stabilise and get to the correct dosage after your initial diagnosis and treatment. Some people need both T3 & T4 but that is really rare, T3 is made from the T4 replacement by your body so that is normally what we are given (that is why people suggest the Armour brand of thyroid, it combines both). I promise you it will get better, I wish I could help more - Tracy

      over 3 years ago
    • kbarkley's Avatar

      Jan, I have been on Synthroid since 11/2011 after a total thyroidectomy for follicular carcinoma stage II. As the others have said it did take about 6 months to get to the right dosage. I have noticed a great improvement in the way I feel. Do you know if they want you on a suppression dose? Due to the type and stage of mine I am on a suppression dosage therefore I do have some symptoms of hyperthyroidism that I will have to live with and I have gotten used to them. The most noticable symptoms I experience are: heat sensitivity(I get hot and sweaty very easily and once this happens it takes a lot to cool down) and I now have a slightly irregular heart beat. Stay tough and hang in there. Things will get better!!!

      over 3 years ago
    • emsavard's Avatar

      The most important process of taking this medication is determining the right dosage for you. This can take a few attempts. Taking the medication at the same time on an empty stomach and 2-3 hours from any supplements. Check out my blog for more info on taking thyroid medication.

      over 3 years ago

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