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Old 08-14-2008, 08:04 AM   #1
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Hi all...
I have a question about how long to wait for follow up bloodwork. I want to be informed before I call the doctor for bloodwork.

I have been on levothyroxine 4 weeks as of today. I had a PT about 3 months ago. My post surgery TSH was 6.8 and was put on the levo. I started to feel much improved as far as getting rid of my hypo symptoms but in the last week or so I am noticing that I am starting to feel run down again. One other thing that I have really noticed is my toes/feet are really cold.

So my question is it possible to get accurate lab results at 4 weeks? Or should I wait until the suggested 6 week appointment?

Thanks for any advice! It is so nice to have this board as a resource....

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Old 08-14-2008, 05:09 PM   #2
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6-8 weeks between blood draws/Doctor visits is standard while leveling thy meds. (if your getting close to optimized, they MIGHT let it go a little longer) I would definetly get a lab slip & ask when Doctor was going to do a follow-up visit

Basically, your body has gotten used to this dose & its not ENOUGH that is why symptoms are creeping back

Old 08-14-2008, 05:24 PM   #3
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Thanks for the info. I think I was going to have blood drawn at 8 weeks after starting the levo. Since I am feeling ishy again I am going to call tomorrow as I don't want to feel as poorly as I did prior to my post op visit.

I want to stay ahead of the game at this point as I go back to work at the end of next week with workshops.

Thanks again...

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