I am 28 weeks pregnant and was just diagnosed with hypothyroidism. I am, of course, concerned about treatment that my doctor has prescribed. He has started me out on 50 mcg of Levothyroxine. At least that is what is printed on my prescription bottle. I haven't even taken a weeks worth yet so I am still feeling pretty crummy. Fatigue and shortness of breath as well as no energy are my symptoms. My concern is the amount of Levothyroxine that he has prescribed. I understand that pregnant women often need a higher dosage than what a person normally needs. My doctor said he would probably be increasing my dose after more tests in another 3 weeks. When I told a friend of mine who is studying to be a nurse that my Dr. put me on 50 mcg of Levo. she told me I must be mistaken. She seems to think that I should be on .05 since she takes .075 Levo. for her Hypo. Now I am worried that maybe the dosage he has started me out on might be incorrect. Can anybody share any insight on this problem? I am confused!
I can't comment on the dosage amount, but it will take you possibly a couple months to feel the effects of being on medication. That's why you should ideally be re-tested in a couple months to see how the medicine is working for you..
so just taking a couple days worth - you likely won't feel a big difference. Also, everyone is so different with their medication.. you can't really compare your dosage amount and your friends amount. It's so specific to each person..
.05 mg(milligrams) = 50 mcg (micrograms)
You and your friend are most likely talking about the same amount, but confusing the terms that you use. 50 mcg(.05 mg) is probably a good dosage to start with. With thyroid hormones, you want to start slow and work up to an optimal dosage. As a comparison, I started out on .025 mg (25 mcg) and I'm currently on .2 mg(200 mcg), so your dosage is about 1/4 of mine. (It took me about 2 weeks to even feel any change, and about a month to feel good. Since they are giving you a T4 only drug, you will likely have blood drawn after 4-6 weeks of taking the medicine and the doctor will adjust accordingly.
Hope that helps some and I hope you will get to your optimal dose and feel good soon. It's tough enough being pregnant without the added problems of hypothyroidism.
I thought maybe my friend (studying to be a nurse) was confusing mcg and mg but when I tried to argue the point with her, she insisted she was right and I was wrong. Being pregnant and feeling like crud lately because of the low thyroid, I just backed down and let it go. Hope that's something she figures out before she hits nurse status. Scary thought that she didn't understand what I was talking about. I really hope my Dr. (ob/gyn) gets me to an optimum medication level as quickly as is possible. I really feel awful and only have about 2 1/2 to 3 months to go before this baby is due to get here. I can't imagine caring for a newborn feeling like this. I get fatigued and short of breath just going up the stairs and last couple nights have been dealing with muscle aches and cramps in my hips. On top of that, my husband works anywhere from 45 to 56 hours a week and I have 8 and 11 year old daughters. My house is a mess cause I'm too tired to do much and I still have to get ready for this baby.
Well, enough feeling sorry for myself. I have to get out of this funk. Just have to practice patience I guess.
I hope you feel better soon.
Just a suggestion... Don't be afraid to enlist your daughters' help. They're probably capable of and willing to do a lot more than you think. I was 10 when my sister arrived, and actually enjoyed a little more responsibility than I'd been used to before. It wasn't demanded of me, but I could see how my mom appreciated having a break.