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Has anyone tried or heard of any help from low doses of synthroid? I was reading some research that a doctor believed that FMS may be realted to low thyroid levels. He stated that it may not show up on the normal blood tests because they usually dont check for T3 and T4 levels. He also thought that perhaps the "acceptable range" for thyroid results may not really be acceptable for everyone. Anybody got any info on this?
Hi and welcome to this message board.
Yes, it is true what you have read or heard about low TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone) causing fibro-like symptoms. The thyroid gland is now being recognized as "the master gland" of the body, meaning that it is the hormone gland that controls all aspects of the body's metabolism from heart beat to body temperature as well as energy level.
One needs to see an endocrinologist to get in depth evaluations for the thyroids homonal production it seems.
Although this gland plays an important role in the well being of the body, it may or may not be the only reason for fibro symptoms. If it is the only reason, a good endocrinologist can give the right meds for the having low thyroid production. There are para thyroid glands along side of the thyroid gland that also have a great deal to do with this.
Yes, the T3 and T4 are important tests and now I am finding out there in even more in depth tests that can be ordered to find out just what is needed for treatment.
I am on Synthroid because I had my thyroid gland surgically removed. Before I had my meds stableized I went into a deep depression. Calcium tablets and soy products will inhibit the effect of Synthroid if taken at the same time as Synthroid, which many people do not know this. I take my calcium/magnesium in the late afternoon or evening.
I feel that I am still not on tract with just the Synthroid. Citomel (sp?) is another drug that can be taken in addition to Synthroid. Apparently there are not many choices yet for drugs to take yet. It is a time consuming process and repeated blood tests to get everything regulated. My first year after my thyroid was removed was terrible as the thyroid hormones also effect a persons mood and sense of well being. I was totally depressed after the surgery for about 8 months while getting my medication adjusted.
I would recommend that anyone with the fibromyalgic symptoms be checked for thyroidism and hypoglycemia as well. MistyMisty
I have not been diagnosed with FM but have quite a few symptoms and my mother suffers from it. I take .125 mg of synthroid daily, but still have muscle weakness, fatigue, pain in shoulders, neck and back, hips, legs....gawd, it's everywhere. Just wanted to respond and let you know that my levels are checked every 6 months after being diagnosed.....
I have
Hashimoto's thyroid and thyroid nodules all come back normal on blood work
I now take .088 synthroid every day and it does not help with fibro or anything else. I have bloodwork done every 2 months

Rebecca
I started taking synthroid about 10 years ago even though my tests were within the low normal range. The biggest improvement I noticed is that I have been able to tolerate the cold so much better. Even when the room temperature was above 70 and I was already dressed warm, if I sat quietly for half an hour or so, I would begin to shiver from what seemed cold. It would take forever to feel much warmer with just extra robes and blankets. Pretty much the only thing that helped was a hot bath. I have other things that factor into my energy levels, so I can't comment a whole lot on that part.

Alice
Quote from HEShrader:
Has anyone tried or heard of any help from low doses of synthroid? I was reading some research that a doctor believed that FMS may be realted to low thyroid levels. He stated that it may not show up on the normal blood tests because they usually dont check for T3 and T4 levels. He also thought that perhaps the "acceptable range" for thyroid results may not really be acceptable for everyone. Anybody got any info on this?


In reply to Misty, what are acceptable TSH levels? My doc. claims my result of 1.7 is ok but I think I may still have a problem.