Re: What Dosage of Synthroid Should I Ask for?
I must agree with irys, you never want to start on a high dose of thyroid meds, it can be like trauma to your body, slow and low is the key, start with 25mcg and then retest and slowly move up.
Also I agree you need to have your free levels tested, they are your actual thyroid hormones, the TSH is a pituitary response. If you have only had your TSH tested then you really need the others tested before starting meds. Ideally they should test your FREES and test you for antibodies as well as test your Totals, all those should be evaluated to see if you indeed have a thyroid problem or possibly a pituitary problem.
Most likely you do have a thyroid problem with your family history and the fact you have had symptoms for a long time indicates you may have antibodies which means you could have Hashi's which is also very hereditary.
If you have a thyroid problem then there are many med options, don't get stuck with Synthroid if you can have a choice, although most drs will push Synthroid it doesn't work for everyone.
Keep us posted
Last edited by dea4; 01-27-2005 at 04:18 PM.