Re: Synthroid/Thyroid Advice
OK...let's start with your TSH results. All of them indicated hypothyroidism. Reason being: healthy people have TSH 1.0 - 1.5.
The symptoms that you've shared with us can all be symptoms of hypothyroidism. Basically, we can only treat our symptoms until our levels are optimized - then, any symptom being caused by hypothyroidism will slowly dissipate.
The problem with most doctors is the fact that they focus on TSH - they were taught in medical school that TSH is the gold standard for diagnosis and treatment. Doctors who have kept up with things know that research since then has shown that the TSH is horribly inadequate and only the FreeT4 and FreeT3 levels can confirm thyroid status.
Endos are usually the worst - yes, thyroid disease *should* fall within their category of care but, most of them haven't kept up with things.
"Whole-body" doctors (such as a DO, internist, alternative MD and some GP's) tend to understand thyroid function better.
Graves' 2007...remission 2009....hypo 2010