The first thing you should do is dump your doctor. How can the doctor overlook your symptoms and do nothing about increasing your thyroid med?
A good thyroid doctor will treat a hypo patient clinically by testing and adjusting Free T3 and Free T4 as necessary to relieve symptoms, without being constrained by resultant TSH levels. Your doctor hasn't even tested for Free T3 which correlates best with hypo symptoms. Many members say that symptom relief required Free T3 in the upper part of its range and Free T4 around the middle of its range. You also should be tested for Vitamin D, B12 and ferritin.
I've actually just switched to Kaiser and so this is the first time I've been evaluated in months. My new doctors are incredible so far, but i'm going to evaluate everything they say more carefully since my last doctor was no good. I had lost insurance due to turning 25 so, I'm a very happy recipient of obamacare now. I emailed my DR. asking if there were labs for the FT3, TPOab, TGab and TSI. I'll update this and my tracker if I can get results for those. I take Vitamin D and B12 daily so, I'm sure those levels are okay. I'll have to look up what ferritin is and how to get it.
Do you think levothyroxine is the best medicine for hypothyroidism?
From what we have heard from other members, don't be surprised if you have difficulty with Kaiser, getting the tests and treatment you will need. So, if you have trouble getting those tests, insist and see where that takes you.
T4 meds are fine if your body adequately converts the T4 to T3. T4 meds affect serum levels much slower than T3, so if conversion is adequate, taking it only once a day works fine and is easier toremember each day. Frequently hypo patients taking T4 find that conversion is inadequate, in which case some T3 has to be added to their meds.