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This may be too general of a question but I'm going to ask anyway. Can stress affect the thyroid? If so, how?
I'm having a lot of stress in my life right now and my hypo symptoms seem to be getting worse again. I don't know if it's all the stress or that I was switched from synthroid 75mcgs to levothyroxine 100mcgs a few weeks ago.
I really could use your thoughts and comments now. I'm going through some things that would make a healthy person depressed.
Thanks.
Barb
I went from synthroid 75mcgs to levothyroxine 100mcgs. The doctor switched me after my last TSH test jumped from 5.065 to 11.037. I have only been the new med for about 3 weeks so I doubt that has much to do with it just yet. But who knows? This thyroid thing is so tricky. The only thing I don't have that I did when I was first dx'd is the severe lower back pain I used to have upon ANY exertion. I suspect the depression is more due to personal problems than the thyroid although I believe the thyroid plays it's own part. I am having a bit of a sore throat lately and find myself clearing my throat more often. I worry too about a goiter or something. My doc never even felt my neck and it feels like something is in there all the time.
I noticed you're a newbie. Welcome! And thanks for replying.
Barb
The thyroxine (T4) that we receive as replacement therapy has the generic name levothyroxine sodium. Synthroid and Levoxyl are brand names of levothyroxine sodium drugs, so you didn't change drugs as far as the active ingredient (T4) is concerned. Differences between brands and generics have more to do with absorption rates because they use different fillers, which is why you often need a dose adjustment when you switch from one to another. Even under optimal conditions, levothyroxine sodium is absorbed at rates varying from 48-80%, so the effects of the fillers do matter significantly.

It's very possible that you will need a dosage adjustment when you have your labs done.

Stress is a factor for everyone, healthy and diseased.
Quote from MauraL:
The thyroxine (T4) that we receive as replacement therapy has the generic name levothyroxine sodium. Synthroid and Levoxyl are brand names of levothyroxine sodium drugs, so you didn't change drugs as far as the active ingredient (T4) is concerned. Differences between brands and generics have more to do with absorption rates because they use different fillers, which is why you often need a dose adjustment when you switch from one to another. Even under optimal conditions, levothyroxine sodium is absorbed at rates varying from 48-80%, so the effects of the fillers do matter significantly.

It's very possible that you will need a dosage adjustment when you have your labs done.

Stress is a factor for everyone, healthy and diseased.


yeah ... i looked at my presc. bottle and at some
strengths it says synthroid (my current one, 112) and
all the lower strengths are labelled eltroxin -- i feel
pretty good on the synthroid, so will keep taking it til'
my next endo appt. ...

as to the effects of stress, i heartily agree; but when
one has an autoimmune disease, it's far greater, I think
... just read a really good book about the effect of
stress on autoimmune diseases (MS, ALS, CFS, fibro,
thyroid, lupus, and on and on), and it's far worse when
you have one of those ailments :eek: than on an
otherwise healthy person ... a simple change in
weather, when added to financial or marital problems,
can bring on colds, flu, and a host of other illnesses ...

:D jb