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My throid levels have been horribly irradic for the past for years. What to do?

By November 6, 2010 - 8:35am
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I was diagnosed with hypothyroidsm when I was 12 when a goiter appeared. I am now 44. Up until about 4 years ago my thyroid levels were easily regulated with minor adjustments for pregnancy with my doses betwenn .175 mg and .150 mg of levothyroxine. About four years ago I became increasingly symptomatic, fatique, heavy mentral bleed, mental confusion, hair loss etc...my doctor increaded my dosage, then decreased it, then sent me to an endocrinologist who increased it, then decrease it, then within six months my doctor increased it again and added liothyronine 12.5 mcg. This seemed to be the answer until just recently when slowly but surely I became symptomatic again! In the last for years I've been on .15, .175, .2, .075, .15, and now I'm back to .075. with no liothyronine. I'm being cynical but it seems like I'm starting over in a vicious cycle...up,down, up. down, up, down... I've been on both synthroid and levothyroxine and both produce the same results...unregulated levels. It's getting expensive and the symptoms are not pleasant. I KNOW without even doing the blood work, that in six month my thyroid levels will be low. I take it the same time every morning, do not take iron or calcium with it and even avoid the forbiden hyprothyroid foods, "cabbage, raw broccoli, soy...etc." Help! T

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Hi sciteacher,
I am sorry to hear about your ups and downs with your hypothyroidism. I looked up some information from Mayo Clinic for you and you can read all the details here http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/hypothyroidism/DS00353/DSECTION=treatments-and-drugs. This gives all the detailed information about treatments for your condition.

Unfortunately, I am not a physician so the main issue with all these issues that you are experiencing is to have this monitored by your physician. I know that you are getting tired of the increasing and the decreasing of your medication but it is important to have this all monitored by your physician.

Can you keep us updated?
Good luck!

November 7, 2010 - 10:45am
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