Re: question about Lyme and Thyroid
Hi Rodney. So your symptoms did not improve since taking the Synthroid? The problem with many doctors regarding thyroid disorders is that they rely soley on TSH results. More important are the Free T3 and Free T4 levels and the patient's symptoms.
There are different meds to treat hypothyroidism. Meds such as Synthroid is a T4 only med. Meds such as Armour is a T3/T4 med. Some people do better on T4 only, some do better on the T3/T4. I started with Synthroid but now take Amrour which works better for me.
I highly recommend getting your Free T3, Free T4 (besides the T3 and T4) and thyroid antibodies tested in addition to the normal panel. These are important tests, but they are not usually done. If antibodies are present, it indicates Hashimoto's Thyroiditis which is an auto-immune thyroid disorder. If you have this, test results can be in the normal range but treatment is warranted. Some people who have this, switch between periods of hypo and hyperthyroidism. If you need help with your results, let me know.
You may want to see another doctor. I have found that finding one who is truly knowledgeable about thyroid disorders can be almost as difficult as it is to find a knowledgeable Lyme doctor. It is worth the search though. Many symptoms of Lyme and thyroid disorders can overlap.