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Mar 13, 2010 - 0 comments

After several weeks on 100µg Levothyroxine, I'm feeling so much better. My original TSH of 5.4 has fallen to 0.24, which seems to suit me.

My BP is better, my thumping pulse has gone, my constipation has gone, my energy levels have risen hugely, the panic-surges have gone, I don't feel freezing any more and the list goes on.

I now need to build up activities again and return to sports.

Thanks to L-Thyroxine I've got my life back.

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Increased dose L-Thyroxine

Feb 14, 2010 - 0 comments

I'm really beginning to feel a lot better, what a relief!

About 2 and a half weeks ago I decided to up my dose of L-Thyroxine from 50µg to 75µg. Today I've decided to go up to 100µg.

I washed my hair this morning, and for the first time in over 2 years, my arms felt fine! I'd struggled to raise them above my head before: they felt drained and tired.

I've also got more inner drive again, like years ago. For example, over the last couple of years, I didn't wake until 12pm or even 2pm unless I had to for work. Now, I wake up naturally at 9am. That's late for most people, but for me it's a significant improvement and shows my body and mind are less fatigued. I hope this will continue so that my old daily rhythm can return. It's truly miraculous, and shows how important levothyroxine tablets are even for those of us with less than dramatic blood results (such as my 5.4 TSH)

My BP is stabilising wonderfully too: it had been very high for a while, e.g. 175/115 in December. I took myself off the calcium-channel blockers about 6 days ago, and everything's working out well. My BP before breakfast was 112/80 pulse 65, and after breakfast 110/72 pulse 76.

I am still taking the beta-blocker at night. Last night before taking the b-blocker my BP was 132/99 pulse 61, but I was tired after travelling 4 hours by plane and then an hour by car in the snow (as a passenger, not driver).

This confirms the suspicion that my BP was caused by hypothyroidism. I've read that it's typical in hypo for the lower number to be high (I think it's the diastolic). That's the case for me.

My mood still varies: I have swings between depression, and moments when the sunlight comes through and I feel like my old self.  Of course I hope this balance will change, so that the feeling of depression decreases. It's very difficult to keep the negative thoughts out of my mind - bad memories keep returning, that sort of thing.

I'm going to a type of reunion in May, where there'll be people I haven't seen since 2004. Obviously I want to look good :-) It's lucky it wasn't in December!!!

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Still wondering about dose

Feb 12, 2010 - 0 comments

I've now been on 75µg L-Thyroxine for 2 weeks, and before that 50µg for 5 weeks.

Body temperature seems better, and my energy level is improving, although far from normal. The constipation is as bad as ever: if I don't take Movicol, nothing happens regardless of what I eat, drink or how much I try to exercise. My mood is also rather depressed, with anxious and negative thoughts.

I increased my dose myself up to 75µg because I knew that the thyroxine was helping, but not enough. I'll give the 75µg 5 weeks and if I'm still constipated, tired and depressed I'll start on 100µg.  

I've taken myself off the Calcium-channel blocker due to the extreme fatigue and nasty feeling it caused. I'm monitoring my BP closely with a machine I bought and on day 3 of stopping the calcium-channel blocker, my BP is mostly within range except for yesterday evening before dinner when it was 138/95. I take the beta-blocker at night still. My pulse has settled nicely, and only varies now between 65-89 whereas before it varied from 52-98. It does still thump away and is visible in my neck (my husband sometimes comments on it) but is generally less poundy than it was.

So, when I go back to the doctor I'll have to explain about taking a higher dose, but I expect they'll understand. I sincerely hope so anyway, as so far they've been great. I've always set my asthma med dose according to symptoms, and feel happy doing it that way. Blood tests can be useful, but I think how you feel is the most accurate indicator.

Till next time!

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Heart palpitations after eating: cured?

Jan 10, 2010 - 0 comments

Heart palpitations

The nasty thumpy-pounding pulse after eating didn't happen after my meal last night or breakfast this morning.

If that's gone away, then I see this as an enormous improvement.

Of course I don't know if it'd still be happening if I wasn't taking the BP meds, but I was experiencing it for a few months and then for another 3 weeks while on beta & calcium channel blockers, so my feeling is that the L-Thyroxine is starting to take effect. I've been on that for 2 weeks and 5 days now.

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