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Old 12-30-2004, 02:03 PM   #1
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dry, itchy eyes- Levothyroxin - too little/ too much?

Just wondering if itchy dry eyes indicate too much or too little Levothyroxin. I'm trying to figure out the right dose. My thyroid was removed thirty years ago, but I've recently been diagnosed and treated for Adrenal insufficiency and doctors have indicated I need less Synthroid than I have been taking for years. Recently my eyes have been itchy and irritated. What do you think?

 
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Old 12-30-2004, 02:52 PM   #2
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Re: dry, itchy eyes- Levothyroxin - too little/ too much?

I vote too little, only from personal experience. If this is a new symptom resulting from decreasing your meds, kind of makes sense. Do you have your test results? If you post them with the ranges, I am sure someone can comment!

 
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Re: dry, itchy eyes- Levothyroxin - too little/ too much?

Dry eyes can be indicative of either too much or too little levoT.
The only way to know if you are getting the right amount is to test your free T4 and free T3 levels. Optimal levels of these for most women would be within the top third of their lab ranges.
Many doctors think that testing TSH is all that's required. Not true.

 
Old 12-31-2004, 10:27 AM   #4
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Re: dry, itchy eyes- Levothyroxin - too little/ too much?

Thanks for the info. Since I'm new at this, I didn't ask for my test results. I do know that they didn't test for T4 levels. Because I am also taking (besides the Synthroid), Prempro, Prednisone, and Florinef, things get more complicated! Because of these boards, I have an appointment with an endricrinologist but couldn't get in until March! Meanwhile my family doctor lets me experiment a bit with mild increase, decrease in doses. Probably a dangerous thing to do... Nebraska Lady

 
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