Re: Input on lab results please
It's very common to feel as if one has been hit by a truck when starting levoT, especially if the dose is too large. Fifty mcgs is the most common starting dose, but even that can hit hard. It's a matter of the body "bucking" the introduction of a hormone it has been accustomed to doing without for a long time. Was your dose small?
Doctors never tell us about how hard it can be to adjust to the med. You won't find that hard to believe when you already know how they tell us symptoms are never due to thyroid, right? There's so much they don't know.
Reaching optimal thyroid levels via supplementation is hardly ever a simple affair. It usually isn't a steady, straight road to recovery. After a dose is started or increased, you may feel a little better within a couple of weeks, then you may crash before the next increase is due. You may get new symptoms, or existing ones may get worse. It's a matter of some experimentation to find the right dose or med for your system. It's hard to speak in averages, but I'd say it takes at least 6 months for many people to get adjusted to their supplement. I had to move slower than most, and it was a full 9 months before I could say I felt good, and another 3 months until I felt my old self.
Another thing that can make the levoT hit one's system too hard is weak adrenal function. It's hard to say for sure that's your problem; but if you have a hard time getting started and staying on a small dose for at least 6 weeks, have your MD consider adrenal weakness. If you're lucky, he will.
You could also consider switching brands. I couldn't tolerate Synthroid at all, as it overmedicated me at the smallest dose. Talk about that "hit by a truck" feeling! Armour thyroid hasn't had that effect at all on me, and I've been successfully taking it for over 2 years.
If you feel strongly that you want to try it again, I hope you will find a primo doc to help you along with it. With some degree of patience and a really good MD, you can be better again.
And gee... can I ever sympathize with you about that back/neck/shoulder pain! It was one of my earliest and worst symptoms, but it's 90% better now.
If there's anything else I can help with, please ask.