I had my thyroid removed in March 2010 due to Hashimoto's and 2 large growths (7 and 5cm) that were pushing my trachea to the size and causing difficulty swallowing. Following surgery my calcium was a little low so I spent an extra day in the hospital. I knew I wouldn't feel great right away, and I am trying to be patient. BUT... my endo has left her practice and I am relying on the ENT who did my surgery to get my levels right until I can get in with another endo (NOVEMBER!?!?!).
6 weeks after surgery my TSH was 35. At that point the ENT raised my synthroid to .125. I went back this week and it's only down to 26 so he raised my meds to .150. Apparently I will go back every 6 weeks and he will adjust the meds slightly.
So, my questions are: Is it normal to adjust synthroid so slowly? Is there hope that some time I will feel 'normal' again? I have been having massive anxiety attacks and panic attacks, I read that it could be because of the TSH levels... any help?
Also does anyone know what the 'right' calcium level is? I was told mine was low at 8.2
It's really hard to know what you're right dosage is, so your doctor is trying to raise it slowly, it's not safe to raise it too quickly. 6 weeks is a normal time period to test blood and give an increase. But since you had a thyroid removed, your doctor could have dosed you much higher, and you wouldn't have had to go hypo at all.
That being said, you are a male, if you are of decent size, and you are replacing an entire thyroid, your ultimate levels could be in the mid to upper 200 or lower 300's. I think your ENT is managing this very poorly, should have started you higher, and you should try to get on a waiting list of an endo, or even a regular doctor can treat thyroid, for full thyroid replacement.
At this pace, you will definitely get there, but it's going to take a while.