I have an apointment w/ my PCD the 21st of this month to start my regimen of which most likely will be Synthroid, but i know my insurance will only pay for levothyroxine. I have read many answers from this support group, so i feel re-assured in this matter. I just thought that i should share.
Yes, short term memory problems can be a side effect of your thyroid levels being off. That was definitely one of the symptoms for me. It's also one of the first symptoms that tips me off that I have to get my levels checked and my dose altered. Is there a reason your Dr can't prescribe levothyroxine for you instead of the Synthroid? I've always used the levothyroxine with great success. You can request this from your Dr, especially if it's the one your insurance will pay for. You're going to be on this medication for the rest of your life. I wish you the best of luck. Lisa
Until you start your Synthroid you might have this problem. In Canada with Insurance I only pay 2 dollars for a month supply so it is not one of the expensives meds I believe. Also the effects take awhile before taking effect. You also wil need blood test every 6-8 weeks after starting Synthroid to see how it is working for your hypothyroidism. Adjustments are always needed. Good luck and take care, Smilleyhappy
Oh, yes!! Your doctor will usually order a thyroid screen in about 4-6 weeks. if it's good, he'll probably won't order another screen until about 12 months from that one. If it's off, he'll adjust your thyroid hormone supplement and run another test in about 6 weeks. Talk to your doctor about the insurance-he might be more understanding-sometimes it takes more than one discussion for a doctor to hear you.
It takes several months to feel better because you are healing from the inside out. Hypothyroid causes absent minds- forgetfulness-depression-dry skin-thin brittle hair-weight gain-lack of energy-mess up your menses-constipation-cravings for seafood and salt-feeling cold-a certain amount of aggression short temper-inability to do math-and so on- but there are 3 of us on this site that got skinny as a rail before our hypothyroid was diagnosed and treated. Things like this make thyroid problems hard to diagnose, but it is so easy to treat.
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