In August of 2017 I was diagnosed with hashimotos hypothyroidism. My doctor started me out on a low dosage of Levothyroxine and has slowly increased it. Currently I am on 0.112MG of Levothyroxine yet I feel just as horrible as I did when all the symptoms started to flare up back in 2017. I am extremely tired all day long yet when I try to go to bed I can't sleep, my hair is thinning and falling out more than normal, I have a horrible time with the cold and not being able to warm up. Does anyone have any suggestions on things I should do? I feel so defeated right now and its making my depression worse because I feel like I can't keep up with taking care of a house, a toddler all day, my family, friends, a social life. I just don't know what to do anymore and I feel like my doctor doesn't really listen to me. He just wants to slowly increase it and then wait 3-4 months before we up the dosage again. Any suggestions are appreciated. Thank you.
Hi: There could be several reasons why your medication is not working to improve your thyroid condition. First of all, I learned the hard way, you should take your thyroid medication separately from all your other medications early in the morning. When I get up for my early morning "bathroom call" I take my thyroid pill at that time. I used to take it with all my morning pills and they interfered with the effectiveness of the absorption of my system when I did that. I take mine around 4 to 6 am. Then I get up later and take my other meds.
Early on, I found out that my body responded much better to Nature-Throid, a natural dessicated thyroid hormone, which contains not only T4, but also T3, T2, and T1. My body absorbs this particular thyroid hormone much better than the synthetic levothyroxine, which only contains T4.
With the extreme fatigue I was exhibiting, I was diagnosed with Vitamin D3 deficiency, so I take a D3 supplement every day. I also take a biotin supplement (called Hair, Skin, and Nails) for hair loss and hair thinning, and it has really helped.
I also was diagnosed with Hashimoto's thyroiditis. I have had a problem with anxiety attacks and panic attacks caused mainly by the thyroid problems. I now take Buspirone and Trintellix for anxiety and depression. I am feeling and functioning so much better. Maybe you could discuss this information with your doctor and see what approach he/she suggests for you. Good luck!
- Levothyroxine Information for Consumers
- Levothyroxine Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Levothyroxine (detailed)
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