No, I wasn't on the same dose for a year. Because I couldn't take Synthroid without becoming overmedicated, my new Armour-prescriber started me on a lower-than-normal beginning dose, only 30 mgs. He increased it very slowly, by 15-30 mgs at a time over the course of the next 9 months. At 9 months, I felt pretty well... just one or two things lingered. By one year, I felt my old self again.Quote from bookishmomma:I guess I thought when I read that 6-8 weeks to get the full effects of a dosage meant I would FEEL the effects completely. Were you on the same dose for that year?
The thing about thyroid treatment for most people is that after a dose increase, they will start feeling a difference in perhaps 2 weeks; then they start feeling a return or worsening of symptoms - or even the onset of new ones - within the next 4 weeks. This is an indication that the body has gotten a taste of the hormone increase, liked it, so it starts screaming for even more. In other words, it's a sign that the optimal dose hasn't yet been reached.
When that optimal dose has been found, from that point onward, the healing begins. It takes the body's cells time to recover from the lack of enough hormone. It's only when they start receiving the same amount that your own gland would have provided when it was healthy that the healing begins and things completely return to normal. For myself, I think my optimal dose was found at 9 months; complete healing took another 3.