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Old 05-30-2005, 04:25 AM   #1
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angel: hello, i am 40 yrs old -- i had been diagnosed w/ hypothoydism when i was 23 -- i was taking 2.75 synthoid -- about 7 yr ago i stopped taking the medications and when i went to the doctor 5 yr ago was told i did not have to take them anymore -- problem solved. but the symptoms returned -- depression, dry skin, lathargic, weight gain, mood swings, exhaustion and sleeping problems -- not to mention the cycle problem. so i went to a new doctor lst week and found out my tsh level is 17. and he sd it shld be 5 or 5.50 --- so would this mean i have hyper thoyoidism? but the problems i am suffering are signs of hypo -- i am so confused --- also i wondered -- can vitiamins and diet pills effect the results -- i am currently taking the beach body vitamin that supposedly boosts your metabolism -- and i must say i had noticed a differnce after the first week --- please give me any help / info you can --- i have to go back to doctor this week (thursday) and would like to be somewhat prepared.
thank you for reading this and for any help you can give.

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Re: conflicting symptoms -- please help

High TSH means you're hypothyroid, just like you were before. The condition hardly ever just goes away, so the other doctor was probably wrong to take you off the medicine in the first place. Some MDs are so stupid when it comes to thyroid conditions that they put people on the hormone, then once the blood levels become better, they think the patient is "cured". They don't even realize that it's only because of the medicine that the patient became better. The patient didn't 'get over' the hypoT the way they would a cold.
It's also possible that you went into a sort of remission and temporarily didn't need the med; but remissions often don't last, either, and people frequently need to resume treatment.

In any event, you need to be treated now. But you should know that your new doctor doesn't sound too educated about hypoT. A TSH of 5 or 5.50 is NOT what it "should be". A healthy person without any thyroid disease has TSH of around 1, and you want a doctor who will aim for that, not simply a level that's at the high end of the lab range. If he doesn't restore your health to where you feel normal for you, don't be afraid of finding a doctor who knows more. They're out there, but it often takes a good long search to find one.

Welcome to the board.... Let us know how the office visit goes.

 
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