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Daily Replacement Hormone?

ckarl22
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Hey i was wondering what your doctors have you taking for your replacement hormone every morning?

Ive been on 400 mcg for four or five years and before was around 200 with my blood tests coming back saying i needed more but my first doctor was very slow to increase it.

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Baldy
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Joined: Mar 2011

My endocrinologist told me this is mostly based on weight. He didn't say, but from talking to others, it seems it takes a persons system a little while to settle down once it becomes hypothyroidal and synthroid/levothyroxine is taken. A friend whose thyroid just shut down on him some years ago said he started at 200 mcg, went as high as 225 mcg and seems to have stabilized at 175 mcg.

As for me, I had a total thyroidectomy 2/8/11 and was immeadiately put on 175 mcg. I normally weigh around 160# and this dose is supposed to make me slightly hyperthyroidal. I seem to be exhibiting symptoms of hypothyroidism, but I'm not scheduled for a hormone level blood test until 3/22. The endocrinologist wants to see how I'm doing after six weeks of 175 mcg, apparently wanting me to stabilize some.

Did you jump straight from 200 mcg to 400 mcg?

ckarl22
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Joined: Mar 2011

Yeah i jumped straight from 200 to 400, he kept track of me and made sure i didnt have any side efects from overdoes but its been there since the change. Also i am only 210 pounds so i can imagine why they started me on just 200 or whatever it was, forgot now.

Yeah that is me, how is ur young friend doing?

miladyx
Posts: 85
Joined: May 2009

he is doing well. he has been stable but of course check ups every 6 months to a year are very nerve wrecking and you never know. I am glad you are well. Did your tg drop to low levels?

ckarl22
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Joined: Mar 2011

Yeah my levels took about six months after changing to the higher doseage to get where my doctor wanted it to be, but ive been good for i think three years now, ill have another check up this summer, and as im sure u know they are always like u said nerve wracking.

miladyx
Posts: 85
Joined: May 2009

Are you coby Karl by any chance?
I have a young male friend diagnosed couple years ago and coby's story has been an inspiration to me.

nasher
Posts: 507
Joined: Apr 2010

the initial level is based on your weight.. then they adjust it to get you to the right levels

Myself i was on 250 Synthroid but on the 10th of this month i have swaped to a combo

I am now on 200 synthroid and 25 cytomel. From the reserch I have read this should help give me more energy and hopefully help me loose weight.

Yes the docs seem slow on wanting to change things.

Craig

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