Well I am very happy to report that after just 2 weeks of my increase from 50 to 75mcg. Synthroid, it is finally working. The terrible pain in my leg muscles is about gone and along with it the fatigue. I would say about 80% improvement on both issues.
I had posted here that for several months I had been feeling terrible and couldn't figure out what the problem was. Since my labs had been done in March of last year, the numbers came back as usual and up to that point for 2 years, those numbers were correct for me and that dosage, although I never again felt back to my old self in terms of energy.
After 3 months of misery (Sept.-Dec.), my doctor re-checked the levels again, TSH,free T4 and T3 and they were off.
I was amazed to see how just being off with my TSH from 5.33 up to 6.75 and my free T4 from 1.23 down to .99, could make such a difference in how I feel. Personally now I think the the levels I was accepting back in March and even before as okay were not. I was tired alot then too with aches in my legs especially.
So, I am hoping that when I am retested in another 4 weeks, the levels are even better and maybe I just need to be at even lower than 5.33 for TSH.
At least now I know not to wait so long with feeling lousy before thinking about getting re-tested...
It is GREAT to hear that you are feeling better! It has been found that most people feel their best when their TSH is around 1 or so. this isn't true for everyone, but is is true for most. If your Free T4 was at 1.23 when you felt good, that just below the middle of the range for most labs. Most people feel their best just above the middle, but again this may or may not be where you do your best. It sounds like you are well on your way to finding out, though!
Thanks for the reply. While I am pleased that things are looking better, as I said, the levels I have been accepting as 'normal' through March of this year were tolerable in terms of how I felt but nowhere near how I used to feel. So instead of trying to get back to those numbers, I am going to try and get to a point where I physically and more feel like I have better energy all the way around.
Getting my TSH and free T4 to levels that are my very best will take time and patience on my end but since the short time I have been here at this board, I realize the word 'normal' takes on a whole different meaning when interpreting results to how you are actually feeling.