Do they increase energy and decrease it.
Usually on thyroid medication you should just feel "good". You should have enough energy without having too much. If you feel restless, irritable or nervous then you may be on too much medication. I have heard of some people feeling more tired on thyroid but it is usually due to not being balanced right.
Your TSH needs to stay over .5 and under 3 to help you feel well. As we are all different, your personal number is based on how you feel, check with your endocrinologist and let them know what you are experiencing. Thyroid medicine does need to be readjusted from time to time.
Hello writerevans - With a good, balanced thyroid... you should feel alive and ready to go. If you are sleepy you could still need more medication. You don't get it all at once... you take tests to see where you are and go from there. Numbers are everything to doctors except they usually don't ask the patient how they are feeling... just what the tests show. That is why it is important to have yourself treated by an endocrinologist so that you know you are going to be monitored correctly and given the right type of thyroid replacement or adrenal support.
I have been recommending this book, "THYROID POWER... 10 STEPS TO BETTER HEALTH by Richard Shames, M.D. and his wife Karalee Shames, R.N., PhD. These people have dedicated their lives to helping people who have thyroid issues. The book is an easy read and so full of information. You can get it from amazon for just a few dollars. It would help you get to the right questions to ask your doctor and then what the answers could mean.
Best of luck and be well.
There are several answers for your question- high thyroid-in range-causes you to feel better and part of that is increased activity-a more normal activity. If a person has had low thyroid for a low time- this activity can seem unusual. It's like a person that can't see very well- getting glasses where you can see more--You aren't used to it.
Low thyroid causes a person to feel tired- not lots of energy- if you have that a long time-develop it when young you get used to life that way. The converse is true- if you have high thyroid-in range-you're used to being busy and getting things done. If your thyroid production drops, you slow down. For what it's worth- I was on the track team with a low thyroid- I wanted to sprint- liked to sprint-and was good at it, but I'd be really tired too. Part of how I felt depended on other hormones too.
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