my level is 1 something and i am feeling worse and she said she cant increase my dose of 60mg of armour thyroid and is recomending total removal
23 Oct 2012
The TSH range is considered normal between .5 and 3.0. I am not certain what you are saying at 1 making you feel ill.
Sounds like you would like a second opinion. That is a wise idea considering surgery would be the solution. However, more facts would help us give you information. For example, do you have nodules, goiter, Hashimotos? How long have you been dealing with this diagnosis and the use of the Armour thyroid.
Write again please.
23 Oct 2012
Can I assume that you have had full panel blood work and there are no other disease or illness process going on? You are not suffering from depression?
I had my thyroid out because of nodules. I had needle biopsy and no cells were drawn. My Endo was confused and said let's keep monitoring. I asked about surgery. She ran a bunch more tests and saw there were a number of small nodules present. I had a feeling in the pit of my stomach that this was a cancer. I don't jump to conclusions easily. I asked to have it removed. She said that could work as we could not get the thyroid adjusted. The surgeon looked at me and said he thought it ought to be out. I told him my hunch. He looked at me and said, I think you are right lets do this right away. We did. It was. Caught very early.
See another Endo just to get another opinion. I did switch the Endo because she was just too arrogant and was not hearing me. My Endo since then has been fantastic, spends all the time in the world with me. That is how it went for me. You may well be very different. My point is I pushed it to get a better result. I don't regret it for an instant. Karen
23 Oct 2012
Hi Melissa. Can't be alone here. Plenty to talk with! There are many really nice people. Feel free to look through current questions and perhaps you will have input or new questions too.
I always start with an authoritative site. You can check Wikipedia but there is the chance of something being edited or wrong. Tis the nature of that site. I go to Mayo Clinic, NIMH, any thing else in your area like John Hopkins and of course the national thyroid association, which you can google.
It is essential that we become experts in our diseases and take charge of our care. Telling the doctor what you want and expect for health is important. However, don't start asking for this med and not that. None of us have that training. Instead ask about why this medication and not that.. I find doctors listen well when we know what we are talking about. Doctors who don't listen can find another patient. If you are comfortable with your physicians a lot of life's misery can be eliminated.
I know two people who have Hashimotos. One is careful with medication and contacts the doctor as soon as something comes up. The other is haphazard with daily meds and seems to always have problems. Always a choice.
I do beleive you will be fine. Plenty of support here no matter your choice. Wishing you feeling so much better soon. There are solutions and your energy will come back. Karen
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