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Old 09-10-2003, 09:02 AM   #1
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Im nervous and excited to be starting my synthroid today....after looking at them for the past three months. I went to the dr yesterday and he probably thought I was crazy cause I havent started. I have just been so scared to after reading things on this board and other...
my tsh is 4.98
my ft4 is .77 and the range is .71 to 1.8
will it take me long to get into the normal range...Im on .25 for 2 weeks and then .37 for two weeks and then .50.....
Should I or shouldnt I be taking I read where some of you all are going hyper on it...
any info would help...thanks

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Old 09-10-2003, 11:30 AM   #2
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You can expect your symptoms to gradually get better over time, but keep in mind it will take 4 to 6 weeks for the meds to really start doing their job, so you won't notice a whole lot right away, but in time you will look back and say "hey, I feel a lot better"

Your doc is doing right by starting you on a low dose of meds and gradually increasing you, this is the best way to do it, its not such a shock to your body.

I would recommend that you take at least 100mcg of selenium, it is important not only for the conversion of T4 to T3 but is good for your overall thyroid health.

Be sure that when you get bloodwork done again that they do an FT3, FT4 and TSH, the FT3 and FT4 are most important.

Good luck

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