Here is my dilemma - I started on Synthroid 50 mcg on May 19th - I have such trouble sleeping - I'll sleep for an hour or two - wake up - decide I should probably get up and go to the bathroom since I'm awake - try to fall back to sleep - sometimes it takes a while sometimes I can fall back to sleep fairly quickly. I did post once before about the dreams - long detailed dreams with a lot going on - they're still there too.
I called the pharmacist to see what she thought. She said that any thyroid medication could cause that type of side effect because of what the function of thyroid hormone is. She thought I should drop down to 25 mcg and build up to the 50 mcg and then go higher as needed. She said this way I could build up the good benefits while minimizing the bad. The problem is I don't think I'm even close to therapeutic levels because I haven't had relief of symptoms. She also suggested sleeping pills short term or OTC Benadryl - that stuff wires me though - I get sleepy but can't sleep. She also saw no benefit to switching brands or switching to the naturals. She said they are no easier on the body - it's the nature of thyroid hormone that is causing the problem.
Anyway - does that make sense to anyone - decrease the dose for a while and then move back up?! I'm reluctant to drop the dose down but if others have had success with that I would give it a try. I wouldn't do anything without calling my doctor but I want to have a tentative plan before I do. I haven't seen him yet - first appointment is July 15th. Last bloodwork was in May - I don't have the values and at this point they wouldn't make much difference.
I may just tough it out the next two weeks but I'm looking for suggestions before I go to the MD. I will definitely get copies of my labs then. When he gave me my labs over the phone he said TSH is 4.3 - only a little high. The T3 and T4 (frees I'm pretty sure) are normal. Hmmmm. I was in the middle of a meeting and couldn't really ask a lot of questions. He did tell me he treats pretty much by the TSH level. This could be a battle so I need to be armed.
Sorry to ramble - I'm sleep deprived gosh darn it!
( so you can't see that my eyes are closed)
PS - DH snores - did I mention that!