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    Old 07-25-2003, 08:41 AM   #1
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    Post Can overmedication cause sleep problems??

    I'm a 29 yr old guy, hypo and I've been back on my meds now for about 7 months. I'm on .1 MG of Levothroid. Over that period, I've noticed increased energy, which is great. However, in the last month or so, I've noticed that I've needed less and less sleep. At this point, I'm usually going on about 5-6 hours a night and I usually wake up throughout the night. For example I went to bed at about 1am last night and woke up this morning at about 6:30am. I probably woke up 2 or 3 times during that time. Has anyone else experienced this? My sleep just isn't as restful, but I'm "ok" thru the day. I miss a good slumber.

    Also, what sort of emotional problems can overmedicating cause? I've always been a bit neurotic, but lately my mind has been so preoccupied, especially in regards to relationship issues I'm dealing with. Can't stop thinking about it/us. Doesn't seem normal. I considered the fact that this might affect having a restful sleep, but it doesn't explain not needing as much sleep as I used to.

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    Old 07-25-2003, 08:50 AM   #2
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    Yes, hyperthyroidism can cause insomnia as well as anxiety and even paranoia or other mood disturbances. It sounds like you may be in need of some blood work. Good Luck!

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    Get some labwork done including Free T3, Free T4 adn TSH. If your doc balks at getting those tests, ask them to humor you and just do it. Post the results nad lab ranges when you get them and we can give you a better idea of what is going on. UNDERmedication can also cause insomnia at times, too.

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    Old 07-25-2003, 01:06 PM   #4
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    When I first started this, my TSH was at 9.19, and I was very tired.

    Weeks later I was bouncing off the walls, with more energy than I've ever had in my life (read Hyper). And it was difficult to get enough sleep. TSH was at 0.29. I felt like I was putting a heavy strain on my body. I had to conciously zone out and relax periodically.

    With a dose decrease and a couple of weeks, I was back to being tired. Now I can sleep ok, but I never feel rested.

    So, yes overmedicating can cause insomnia. But that should be a signal to you to get tested again.
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    Old 07-25-2003, 03:33 PM   #5
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    The answer to your question >>> YES YES YES! You had ask on my post(Topic: Has anyone been overdose on snythroid? ) what was a thryoid storm? Please go back and read since I had added another post on what happened to me. I just found out today I am still taking to much synthroid. I can't sleep when I'm like this (hyper) I will wake up sweating and my heart pounding or my body will jerk. hyper makes your reflexes stronger. I still take Ativan at night, but hope this will soon change since my new docotr today lower my dose to .88mg. Please get a thyroid panel done, since my tsh and t-3 level where normal. Most thryoid medication are T4. Guess it just builts up if the body and doesn't change to T-3. Hope I have help you in a small way>>hang in there! Don't let No Dang doctor get out his text book and calculater (like he did me) and say you shall be on a certain dose. AND There are still doctor whom treat on TSH alone!

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    I just want to echo what Meep said that UNDER medicating can cause insomnia as well. Before I started treatment my TSH was 14.5 and I slept all the time. Then I was diagnosed and started taking the lowest dose of Levoxyl available. Well, I think it was enough extra hormone for my body to use, but not enough for my body to tell my thyroid to slow down. As a result, I had many symptoms of being hyper (including insomnia), but was actually still hypo. Once my dose was increased, I finally started to stabilize and actually felt less hyper.

    You just never know until you get a blood test!

    Old 07-30-2003, 09:47 AM   #7
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    Thanks for all your replies! Yeah, I think I may be overmedicating. I used to need at least 8, maybe 9 hours of sleep previously when I was hypo and not on meds. My sleep hasn't changed much since I last wrote the post. The only difference now, is that I am starting to feel a little tired during the day from the lack of sleep.

    Someone mentioned having diahrrea, and I have been experiencing that a bit, too. I just thought it was something I ate, but I've had problems with an upset stomach fairly frequently these days. Is there a connections to that with being hyper?

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    I also have had my Synthroid increased (after a brief decrease from being overmedicated and now going back up to a lower dose) and I am getting all the symptoms you are. Problems getting a good nights sleep - I used to get about 8 hours a night, now I get about 6 hours and wake up about 3 times each night.

    I also am experiencing stomach problems - more frequent bowel movements, and kind of a bloating/abdominal pain feeling a lot.

    My Endo and this board have said it takes about 5-6 weeks for your body to adjust to the meds, and these symptoms should decrease/go away. I have been on the new dose of synthroid for about 2 weeks now. Hopefully everyone is right about the symptoms going away!

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