I just had my thyroid tested lastweek and my tsh went from 3.0 to 159. I am already taking the max of 300mcg of Levothyroxine. What are the chances of thyroid removal, also whats the best way? Not liking the thought of radiation. - Thank You
Sorry for the reason you're here but, glad you found us.
I'm a little confused as to why you'd consider thyroid removal - especially since it seems that your thyroid is dead.
I speculate that your thyroid is dead due to the high dose of levo that you're taking.
Are you doing everything possible to maximize absorption of your levo? As in: taking it at least one hour before or two hours after food/drink other than water....and at least 4 hours away from any iron and/or calcium?
Also, is your doctor checking your FreeT4/T3 levels?
Finally, I suspect you're not feeling well - what's going on?
If you have some recent thyroid labs to share, we can help you determine what is going on and help you figure out what could be done to maximize your care.
Get the book, "Stop the Thyroid Madness".. Your solution is in there! There are so many reasons why meds aren't absorbed properly. I would definitely consult that book as it covers stuff on malabsorbtion. etc...
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thank you for your concerns, I had to take that high dose because if I didn't the levels would be as high as are now. I take my meds at night so I don't have to worry about whether or not its getting into my system. As afar as my labs thats all I know, I will be seeing him friday though. he went to 350mcg just to see if that did anything. I can tell you rightnow it didn't. I still feel tired, I have edema, Im gaining weight, and getting more migranes.
It sounds like your doctor is only checking pituitary hormone TSH which isn't accurate. The only thing a high TSH level such as yours tell us is that your actual thyroid hormone levels are too low for your body's needs - it doesn't tell us if one level or both is too low.
Please ask your doctor to check your actual thyroid hormone levels - FreeT4 and FreeT3.
Levothyroxine is a T4 med. T4 is our storage hormone and gets converted by the body into T3, the active hormone.
It's not uncommon for people to develop a problem with conversion.
This would be evidenced by a high-in-the-range FreeT4 level and a proportionately lower-in-the-range FreeT3 level....and ongoing hypo symptoms.
If your FreeT3 level is indeed low, you would benefit from the addition of T3 in the form of Cytomel or Armour.