Originally Posted by amgoingtoheal
...Hashimoto's in college (I'm 31 now) and was taking Synthroid for many years, and then I got in a car accident, got Shronic Fatigue Syndrome & Fibromyalgia, and it changed all my hormones.
Some experts believe CFS and FMS are simple manifestations of undertreated hypoT.
I went to a new doctor and he took me off of the Synthroid...big mistake.
Yes, a major mistake! Hashimoto's goes into remission in only extremely rare instances. Treatment should be continuous, and for life. I wonder if your antibodies had been under some degree of control while on Synthroid, and they flared up again when you went off. That could explain why it's been hard to get your levels right since then.
I think when I was on the Armour I was taking too large of a dose (the doctor changed it several times), but I had REALLY bad night sweats and vision difficulty. Maybe I should try another type and smaller dosage? Do you have any suggestions?
Seems you've been through the mill when it comes to meds. I'm at a loss about what to suggest. Treatment is a fine art, not so much science, so you have to expect a lot of fine tuning of dosages and/or brands. I think too that your Armour dosage might've been too high, as those symptoms sound hyperthyroid to me.
Your treatment should be monitored with free T4 and free T3 tests. They're the only ways to know what your actual thyroid hormone levels are, and how to adjust your meds accordingly. If your doctor is relying solely on TSH, you'll never feel well.
Start taking selenium if you don't already. A dose of 100 to 200 mcgs/day might help, and certainly can't hurt.
Meep might have more practical advice for you. He's a whiz at this stuff!