I hope I'm not repeating a question that has already been asked and answered. If so, I apologize. But here goes anyway.
My 69 year old hypothyroid mother is having extreme difficulty sleeping. About 4 months ago she had her doctor switch her from Synthroid to Armour. She is taking 1.5 gr or 90 mg of Armour, 1/2 in the morning, and 1/2 in the afternoon. I don't recall what her Synthroid dose was. Her doctor of only about 1 year due to a move didn't seem too knowledgeable regarding thyroid issues, so she recently went to a new doctor and described her sleep problems and numerous muscle aches and pains (possible fibromyalgia). He just said she was taking too much thyroid med and should switch back to Synthroid, without even knowing her TSH or thyroid hormone levels. Her last TSH was about 3. I don't know her T4 or T3 levels since none of the local doctors want to test them. It seems like all they go by is TSH and if it is less than 5.5 all is well. She monitors her basal body temperature frequently and it is typically 96.0 - 97.0 degrees, below the normal of 98.0, indicating insufficient thyroid hormones. When she mentions this to the doctors they just ignore it and say that doesn't mean anything, but according to what I have read, this is a sure sign of hypothyroidism or under treated hypothyroidism.
I still think that mom is undertreated for her thyroid. But I'm not sure how the insomnia fits into the picture. Anyone have any clues?
I guess it is time to find another doctor that has a clue and is interested in helping. I may make an appointment with one of the Top Docs listed at Mary Shomons site, although the closest one is over an hour drive away.
Another thing. She follows a low carbohydrate diet similar to that advocated in "Protein Power" even though she can't lose any weight (she is about 20-30 pounds overweight). She used to be on several bloodpressure meds, but was able to get off those on the low carb diet. Her blood pressure was around 130/60 on the diet and off the meds. But recently, her systolic pressure has been creeping up to 140, 150, 160 or so but distolic remains around 60. Does this have any relation to the thyroid hormones?
Thanks in advance,