Originally Posted by lnocera
I was diagnosed with multinodular goiter in March, 2004
Put on 50 mcg of Synthroid which alleviated some symptoms (fatigue, night sweats, swelling eye lids, hives, muscle pain).
Went to see Endo in Sept. TSH was 0.33 - (range .35-5.5). She said that she wanted to increase my dose to 75 mcg because my TSH wasn't suppressed - she said this has to be done so that goiter doesn't grow anymore.
I tried the 75 mcg, but I felt like I was on heavy dose of drugs - felt like I was racing. I did this for one day only and then went back on my 50 mcg.
The past couple of months I've been having shortness of breath, cold hands, indigestion-alot, pressure on throat when I lie down, thickened mucus. I called the Endo to tell her about the shortness of breath, cold hands, etc. My lab results on 1/3/05 were:
TSH - 0.37 (.35-5.5)
FT3 - 3.22 (2.3-4.2)
FT4 - 1.2 (0.9-1.9)
She said that my symptoms are not a thyroid problem and my levels are fine. To me she is contradicting herself because my TSH is STILL NOT suppressed - it has gone up!! What's the matter with these doctors????
Am I going crazy? It looks to me like I should increase my Synthroid. I thought I would try taking my regular dose - 50 mcg and then take a 1/4 of another pill - total dose about 65 mcgs. Anyones opinion would be great - I can't stand this feeling that I can't take a deep breath.
PS - is Meep a doctor? She seems very knowledgeable.
Thank you. Lea
Meep is not a dr just well informed and he is a he not a she.
I doubt the increase of 50 to 75 only one day made you feel the way you did. T4 meds take weeks to build in your system so just one day would not have made enough difference to actually feel it.
Your FT4 is still below where it needs to be, it should be closer to 1.6 and your FT3 should be closer to 3.63
Perhaps its not the increase that bothers you but the med itself? A lot of people have trouble with reactions to Synthroid, it made Midwest go hyper very quickly and I know of many others who have not been able to tolerate it.
I would try the suggestion you mentioned of taking the 50 and then the 1/4 of the pill, if this works well then try taking 1/2, if you start to feel like your racing again I think I would request a different brand of meds, there are many to choose from.
But you are right, you do need to increase and get your levels up a bit. I have the same problem when I have low Free levels I have shortness of breath, indigestion problems etc etc. I think you'd feel better if you got your levels up a bit.
Keep us posted.