Originally Posted by Debbie680
Hi midwest, thank you. I actually feel ok. Have a little joint pain, not sure if it's related to the Hashi's. Seeing an orthopedic doctor next week. Hairloss seems to have gotten a little worse in the past 2 weeks. Have been on 50 mcgs. since 1/31/09. I just read somewhere that if you have antibodies, all of these numbers mean nothing and you have to go by symptoms. Do you agree with that? There is so much info on the internet and I'm not sure which is correct or not so I really thank you for your opinions.
Certainly, you have symptoms that are frequently associated with hypoT. My guess is that you would see an improvement in them if you were given an adequate dose of thyroid hormone. I don't think you're taking enough, based on your free Ts and symptoms.
The TSH means nothing if you have antibodies; the free Ts are all-important, though, and you can't ignore them. They are the best indicator - along with symptoms - of whether your dose is optimal for you.
I suggest you argue for a dose increase of at least 25 mcgs and to not accept any aggressive treatment from an orthopedist until you get your free Ts higher in their ranges. You should even ask the ortho about suboptimal thyroid levels and joint pain. Hopefully, he has experience and knowledge about that and may even put in a good word for you with your thyroid doc.
Let us know how it goes.