I got my results from my TSH level and it is at 8.2, leading doc to dx hypothyroidism. He has rx'd .05 mg levoxyl. Has anyone heard of this med? If you have, and have taken it, what are side effects? Also, can anyone give me insight in hypothyroidism? Doc said that I might be feeling better in two weeks, if not to go back in. If I do feel better to go back in a month.
I glad that he did dx something. I wasn't sure if I was losing my mind. My husband feels alittle better knowing that it is something out of my control, until med starts to help.
<p>[This message has been edited by Miller93 (edited 06-29-2001).]
Hi there Miller! <IMG SRC="http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/smile.gif">
I too was just diagnosed with hypothyroid. My TSH was 13.5.
I am also taking levoxyl. I have only been on it for about a month but I dont have any side effects. I guess it's a pretty common medicine in treating this.
There's a LOT to learn about hypothyroid. Trust me I'm still reading up on it and still lost! *laugh* I suggest getting the book "The Thyroid Solution". Tree Frog suggested it to me so I bought it and I am still reading it but it's so informative!
As for feeling better in two weeks, I dont know if that happens often...? Tree Frog or someone else will have to answer that one. I've been on Levoxyl for almost 5 weeks now, my TSH went down to 4.9 but I still dont feel any different.
It is a relief knowing some of our symptoms are from thyroid. Even though it's not the best thing to have, it's no where near the worst, at least we know what it is that's causing our symptoms and that it's treatable. <IMG SRC="http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/smile.gif">
Just do a lot of research and if you can get that book, it's really helpfull.
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That is definitely hypothyroid.
The med is thyroid hormone and there should be no side-effects but healing, unless the dose is too high.
You may or may not feel any difference in two weeks. Usually it takes longer, esp. when beginning on a low dose. Don't get anxious about this, just follow his directions. Go to the Information Archive topic below and go thru the checklist for hypothyroidism at the dates the doc wants to hear from you, and note any changes if there are any.
It can take awhile to get at your optimal dose, as each dose is a trial.
There is no way to measure the ammount of hormone you specifically need, except by symptoms.
I, we, are glad to help!
Read all you can, as it helps to know for yourself what is going on.
I am happy for you that you got DXed and are on med. I am sure your husband was worried about what was happening to you...mine was worried about me.
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I take Levoxyl.so far no side effects <IMG SRC="http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/smile.gif">
It does take about 2 wks to kick in, did your doc set up another scan in 3-4 wks?
Mine sees me about every month, i am not leveled off yet(keep fingers x'd) I have taken my meds for a year and have switched doses about 3 or 4 times already i'm up to the pink ones now <IMG SRC="http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/smile.gif"> I did yellow, blue, purple, now pink ok 4 times. I started at 31.7 and am at a 12. hope its lower than that by now...also try to avoid stress(haha)
it makes the count go up.OHHH and don't EVER accidentaly take 2 pills...get a day box..seriously..i got "forgetful" and took 2 in one day..felt like a heart attack <IMG SRC="http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/frown.gif">