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Old 12-12-2001, 02:54 PM   #1
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Should I know my levels

A couple of months ago I found out I have Hypothyroid. I never spoke with the doc, the nurse called and said start taking this med right I did...Never felt better..I had cld a few times and was told that I needed to give it a few weeks. Anyway, I went back to the DOC and we talked about it. He said basically "that is safe to say your thyroid is not working at all" and gave me another blood test. It showed that the neds were not working and he doubled my dosage 100mcg he said not to be surprised if he doubles it again. But I have to wait 6 weeks for a blood test. My question is should I know my levels? Is there a reason why I should know my levels? I hate to sound dumb but if the doc says "still not working" what does knowing the levels do???? I am not really up on thyroid stuff. Thanks

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Old 12-12-2001, 09:05 PM   #2
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Re: Should I know my levels

Hi MissiM. It is best to wait 6-8 weeks between blood tests because it takes that long for the body to assimilate a dosage change. During that time, you may experience symptoms of hypothyroidism, hyperthyroidism, or both. The best thing to do in the meantime is educate yourself on the various symptoms, so you know what to expect and what questions to ask.

Read through our Information Archive. There are symptoms lists, questions/answers to ask your doctor, plus a lot of really useful links. Ask your doctor for copies of all laboratory tests, and start keeping a notebook to record your history. Organize the notebook with sections for your lab tests, printouts of things you've read on the web or learned, records of phone conversations with your doctor/nurse, and dates/lists of your symptoms. You'd be surprised how quickly you will learn to correlate your symptoms with your blood test results and interpret both.

It's a long process, but you will get well!

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