I take levoxyl .125mcg everyday. I am a thyroid cancer survivor. I am sensitive to everything. I can not take hardly any antibiotics or anything. Is this normal? I also ate a teaspoon of turnip greens and my tongue ears and head feels numb. This is how I feel if I take any supplements containing iodine. When I did my body scan and they had me drink iodine I stayed sick for weeks. It made me feel this way and itchy too. I also had hyper symptoms. I was wondering if turnip greens contain iodine or am allergic to the greens? My thyroid has been out since 2006. I used to take synthroid but it caused severe constipation and blood in stool. Levoxyl is better on my bowels but I have a lot of other crazy symptoms from time to time. I can't seem to get regulated. Is this normal or is there some kind of filler or preservative in the pill that I am having a reaction too or can't absorb? I also have a lot of edema that want go away and I look so fat and swollen.
I had my Thyroid out in 2004 because of cancer and I'm taking 1000micrograms a week of Eutroxsig thyroxine tablets, I too suffer from IBS my bowel is never stable it's one way or another, sometimes both! I think it has to do with the thyroid, more than the medicine. I find I am sensitive to certain foods and try to avoid them. Maybe you should check out if you have IBS. I know that if you take calcium with thyroxine it doesn't absorb as well. So try to avoid that when taking thyroid meds. I've been on pednisolone for my arthritis and I'm very fat and swollen too so I sympathize with you. It's very difficult to get everything balanced I'm afraid and it certainly is a life long journey! Take Care Hope this helped.
well, loritopeka, i just wrote a hugely long note to you, and something got goofed up when i tried to submit it. so i'm going to try to say this in fewer words and hope that it works.
i believe that everything you're talking about stems from not being at the proper dosage level. work with your doctor closely to get yourself there. if she's hesitant, be assertive, and, if all else fails, hire another doctor.
as for the tiny amount of turnip greens, there are certain foods - goitrogens - that cause problems for people with hypothyroidism. the brassica family - turnips, cabbage, broccoli - are a big problem. soy is the biggest problem, and best to avoid entirely (this is a highly overrated food anyway). there are other foods that are goitrogens, too. just google "goitrogen" and you'll find what to experiment with, to see what you can and cannot tolerate.
as for whether or not the levoxyl is causing you problems - i don't think it's a perservative or additive in the levoxyl. i think that most problems with thyroid medication come from either taking too little or too much. sounds like the former in your case. but, btw, levoxyl 50 mcg has no colorings, gluten, or dairy, and it's made me happy!
i have hypothyroidism and ibs, and can only tolerate very, very few foods or vitamins or meds or whatever. i did find a vitamin d3 drop that only has oil, which i easily tolerate. talk to your pharmacist about what you can try that will have the least offenders in it, or try children's formulations (but watch out for that scary nutrasweet - aka aspartame!). maybe liquid meds would work better for you, considering your stomach?
i, too, got sick from an iodine dye that i took for a ct scan. and i get the horrible itching and head numbness/tingling when i eat (sadly most) foods. i'm hoping that with adjustment upward of my dose i'll be able to eat more and not have these annoying things happen.
something you may want to try is getting rid of gluten in your diet. a lot of us hypos have a problem with gluten, even if we're not celiac. it's really helped me, especially with my, as they say, bowel habits.
one last possibility is that your gi system isn't able to absorb enough of the levoxyl. i was put on a medication to help with that. it's worth investigating.
so, get to work (no, it's not entirely easy, but it can be done!) on getting yourself (with your doctor) to the proper dose of the levoxyl. good luck to you!
I'm also post thyroid cancer. Had ingestable RAI131. It weakened heart , dropping EJF to 20%. Now at 48% after 7yrs. Synthroid brand name is Best for post thyroid cancer. Have your Endro check TSH, T3, Free T4 levels along with PTH & Magnesium, Calcium D25 Hydroxy levels. You may Need to be Decreased on thyroid dosage. I had mine decreased in April 2014 to 100mc due to chronic bone pain & othrr rx conflict. Stool can be weird from Iron in greens along with iodine.
- Levoxyl Information for Consumers
- Levoxyl Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Levoxyl (detailed)
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