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    Old 05-19-2013, 12:11 PM   #1
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    Too much levothyroxine???

    I was started off on 88mcg of levothyroxine for a goiter and TSH of 9.53
    My blood was checked 2 months later and TSH was 7.93
    The Clinic I have been going to raised the does to 100mcg.
    After taking the med's for two weeks I started feeling a little lightheaded.
    Gradually over the next few weeks the lightheadedness got worse and I started getting a little short of breath.
    I thought it was just the result of the increase and my body needed to get used to it.
    Well after five and a half weeks I become very lightheaded and dizzy and very short of breath without even moving around.
    Also started seeing spots or stars constantly before my eyes.
    Sort of feel like I'm always on the verge of passing out.
    My heart is not racing, My hands are not shaking and I am still kinda cold not hot.
    I don't seem to have the symptoms of too much med's.
    Can being dizzy and out of breath alone be a sign I've gone hyperthyroid?
    Never the less I have stopped taking the med's till I can get in contact with the Doctor at the clinic and have my levels checked.
    I seem to be just getting worse and worse with more and more symptoms.
    I can't just see a different Doctor either.
    I have no job because of these horrible symptoms.
    Have no health insurance.
    Money is running out.
    Medicaid turned me down.
    Had to move in with my Dad.
    Taking this medication from the clinic is all I can afford.
    Can't even get this enlarged thyroid checked out.

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    Old 05-20-2013, 09:12 AM   #2
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    Re: Too much levothyroxine???

    Unfortunately, you can't judge dosing need without labs. The symptoms can "lie". Dizziness and shortness of breath were two of my worst hypOthyroid symptoms.

    The onset of treatment can bring about new symptoms or worsening of old ones. MDs don't tell us that, probably because they haven't experienced it firsthand. I suspect your problems are related to the newness of treatment and the change in dose, and that they'll improve once your levels stop fluctuating.

    Hang in there. You certainly aren't alone in your financial situation. I'm glad for you that you at least have the clinic. Some don't even have that. Good luck to you.
    "We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses." Abraham Lincoln

    Old 05-20-2013, 11:43 AM   #3
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    Re: Too much levothyroxine???

    Thanks for the reply.

    Not too happy with the clinic. But I guess it is better than nothing.
    It is a low cost one and you get what you pay for.
    You are looked at by doctors right out of medical school.
    But they are monitored by an experienced doctor.
    Not much of a physical examination.
    You are sent to a small room with an examination table and a chair and computer. The only equipment the doctor used was a stethoscope.
    I told him all my symptoms and he ordered blood work which diagnosed me with a thyroid problem.
    My worry is that my original strange symptoms are not related to my thyroid but I also have something else wrong with me at the same time.
    They saw the goiter which I have had since I was a teen which I thought was normal and said this is all a thyroid problem. If you really look close you can see it but it is not that noticeable.
    The head doctor wanted me to see a specialist and surgeon.
    I told him I had no job and physically unable to work.
    He gave me a form and told me to apply for Medicaid.
    I did but because I have a few thousand bucks in the bank to pay room and board and other expenses they turned me down.
    A single person is only allowed $250.00 assets.
    who can survive on that?
    You have to be pretty much homeless to even maybe get it.

    These new symptoms are very extreme and are almost debilitating.
    I have had absolutly no quality of Life for over a year and a half.
    I have almost gone to the ER a couple of times which I am trying to avoid doing. I don't need some 10,000 dollar medical bill.
    But if these symptoms get worse I am heading down there.
    This whole situation has become a living nightmare for me.
    It is starting to effect me psychologically.
    I'm always worried because I should have this goiter check out.
    I do now have some trouble swallowing and this breathing and dizziness could be caused by it also.
    This goiter could have something bad going on in it.
    But the tests are thousands and thousands of dollars.
    And an operation is even more.
    I am taunted by all these symptoms 24/7. I just always feel so sick.
    My stress levels are also so high that even anxiety could be causing these new symptoms. I hope I don't end up in a mental institution.

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