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.
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