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When can I see normal numbers for hypothyroidism

By March 23, 2009 - 3:31pm
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I was diagnosed with hypothyroid about a month ago. Am taking Synthroid, how long will I see an improvement of normal readings?

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I was prescribe Synthyroid when I was first diagnosed with hypothyroidism but it didn't help alleviate my symptoms of fatigue, weight gain, depression and hair loss. Is it working for you? The lack of awareness about hypothyroidism is pervasive in the medical community. I learned this the hard way. I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism following the birth of my first son in 2006 and experienced many of the symptoms you have listed. I trusted my doctors completely assuming they knew everything there was to know about this disease, especially when I became pregnant again in late 2008. How wrong I was! Under their care my TSH, the gold standard for measuring thyroid function, rose high above the safe range for pregnancy and I miscarried. I vowed to myself that I would research everything there was to know about hypothyroidism and warn other women. I fulfilled my vow and launched my blog Hypothyroidmom.com in memory of the baby I lost to hypothyroidism.

October 21, 2012 - 5:34am
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Hi Coach Virginia, I had called the endo, she sent me a lab slip to be tested for the TSH levels. I go on Tuesday to get it done. I did not know that tap water inhibits the absorption of iodine. Thanks for the tip. I am also going to see the dietitian at the endo's office to have her tell me what I am able to eat and not eat. Hopefully, she will give me a list of foods that I should limit. I will let you know what I find out after the tests are in. Thanks for your help, it is much appreciated.'


March 28, 2009 - 6:56am

AZDesertRat, thanks for your reply, sorry I was not quicker to respond. Your dosage seems appropriate for a first try of Synthroid, if your symptoms have not improved, then I really think a follow up visit with your doctor is timely. Ask him for progesterone test levels too. You may be facing perimenopause symptoms which cause changes on hormones.

I would also suggest limiting the following foods as they are known as goitrogens and supress thyroid function. These include: broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, soy and brussel sprouts. Never drink tap water as it contains fluorine and chlorine, two chemicals known to inhibit the ability to absorb iodine. Keep me posted!

March 27, 2009 - 10:58pm

To Coach Virginia, I am taking 50 mcg. of Synthroid, 1 month as of today. I feel no better and have not lost any weight, still feel cold and hair is brittle and breaking. I don't notice any that has fallen out. I have other symptoms but won't mention due to space. My endo has me scheduled for another TSH test end of May. I feel, this is too long. Maybe I should give it until the end of May? Thanks for your help.


March 24, 2009 - 8:21am

AZDesertRat, you did not mention what dosage you are taking. Your doctor needs to test you again about this time to ensure he/she has prescribed the appropriate doses for you. If the medication is working you should be noticing some improvement by now. If not, maybe you are taking the wrong amounts. I suggest setting up a follow up appointment with your physician as soon as you can.

March 23, 2009 - 8:55pm
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