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Thyroid Disorders board


I apparenly have none of the symptoms of hypothyroidism that I've read about. My doctor recommends 25 mcg. daily of Synthroid. She wanted to start it a year ago when my TSH was 4.0 but I chose not to. My TSH went down (see below) and now is 4.6.

I just don't believe I need to take anything since I'm having absolutely no symptoms. Actually since my blood pressure used to be high and I've successfully lost weight and added exercise to my life recently it makes it even more difficult to believe.

I'd appreciate any input from anyone as to whether you agree with me or have an opinion as to why I should start the Synthroid. Thanks in advance...

Here's more details of my medical history:

51 yr old male, 5-11, 215 lbs.

TSH 4.0 July 2007, then 3.6 March 2008, now 4.6 August 2008
My younger sister (age 45) has been hypothyroid for several years. Her TSH was 139 at diagnosis. Her condition is under control with thryroid supplement.
My younger brother (almost 50) has no thyroid problems, nor do my parents (mother is age 79, father passed away 12 years ago at age 68 of liver cancer).

My energy level is fine. I'm not depressed. No dry skin. I've lost 12 pounds over the last 5 months - through diet and exercise. I've started running again for the first time in about 20 years.

I used to have trouble thinking and with memory, but I was diagnosed with ADD a few years ago and have been taking 40 mg Strattera and have been much improved. The ADD had been there my whole life (based on symptoms and experiences) but was never diagnosed.

I was diagnosed with high blood pressure in July 2007 (it was 172/120). It was a surprise since it had been normal 3 months before that. I'm taking 40 mg Benicar and 20 mg Dynacirc and it's been normal for 6 months now.

I was diagnosed with prostate cancer 3 years ago at age 48 (PSA 4.6). I had a radical prostatectomy and my PSA has been undetectable since.

Only other med is Protonix in the morning for excess stomach acid.

Again, any comments/suggestions would be VERY much appreciated. Thanks in advance.