Re: Thyroid Nodule and medication question
Wow. Sorry for what you've been through. Let's try to get you 'unstuck'.
First, 25 mcgs of levoT is rarely if ever a true therapeutic dose. Fifty mcgs is the least amount that will do some good. The fact that you were left on that little for 2 years is testament to how bad your MD was at treating hypothyroidism. That's not unusual, unfortunately.
Second, generic levoTs are often not up to the standards set by the name brand ones. It's probably best to start with a name brand one like Synthroid, Levoxyl, or Unithroid. Any one of those may have worked better for you, but still... It was probably the paltry "dose" that was your main problem.
You need to find a doctor ASAP who will prescribe you the right hormone in the right dose that will prevent your gland from enlarging even more and growing more nodules!
You have a significant-sized nodule. It's only 2 mm away from the size where it must be biopsied to check for thyroid cancer. I don't represent myself as an expert (or even amateur) on nodules. It might be okay to watch and wait for it to grow, or it may not. One thing is sure... There is a chance that replacing your thyroid hormones in the optimum dose can prevent it from growing and may even shrink it.
My advice is not to push for Armour just yet. Most people do fine with a levoT product, but it must be the right dose, not just a token one. If after your free T4 level reaches the upper part of its range, you find that your free T3 doesn't follow suit in a proportionate way... then you can add T3 to your daily regimen, either in the form of Armour or the synthetic, Cytomel. I just think it's smarter to go the levoT route first, because MDs are so reluctant to prescribe Armour or T3 that they know very little about how to do it.
I hope this helps you find a way to get the thyroid care you need.
Best of luck!
"We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses." Abraham Lincoln
Last edited by midwest1; 10-06-2012 at 10:37 AM.