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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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