Anyone taking thyroid medication?

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  1. Toto'sDad

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    A while back, the doc put me on some thyroid medication Levothyroxine for underactive thyroid. I didn't even know I had one, active or otherwise, but I can tell you that whatever this med is it's good stuff. I've got more energy, eat about the same and have lost ten pounds without dieting. My cholesterol numbers are lots better and I don't even take anything for that. I'm glad he came up with this stuff, he said I responded exceptionally well to treatment, and he won't need to see me for another six months, if I don't get ambushed by something unforeseen in the meantime.
     
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    I've been taking Levothyroxine for several years. I too didn't know I had an issue until I got back into my routine of getting blood work done at an annual checkup.

    I can't really say I even noticed a difference in terms of energy or weight. For me, what did make a difference is activity. When I am active (working out, exercising) my cholesterol goes down and I feel so much better.

    I'm learning how to not be a "rubber band" about it. I have gone to somewhat extremes in the past - gained a lot of weight, intense dieting and exercise, rinse, repeat. Now I just do everything in moderation. I eat sensibly, try not to drink too much, lift weights every day, get some aerobic activity (been doing an elliptical for the past couple of months).

    But I'm off my cholesterol drugs, so that's good.

    I'm thinking my thyroid condition was maybe borderline - it showed up in blood work, but I didn't have any outward effects that I could feel.

    Anyways, I'm following doctor's orders.

    I'm glad it is helping you. Nothing ever wrong with feeling better, having energy, and losing weight!

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    Actually, I'm the only member of my family who isn't. Seems to do a good job for the others though.
     
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    Thank you sir! I'm glad the doc caught it, he told me he had been monitoring my levels for a while but was waiting to see if they leveled out, and they didn't. I didn't really feel bad, but I absolutely feel better now. I used to get up in the morning, and still be tired, that's gone now. I also noticed that when I'm doing my chores I don't get as tired as I did before the medication. When I initially began to lose weight though, my hypchondria kicked in and I was just sure something else was wrong, the doc said it was pretty common to lose a little weight, or gain some. I was just lucky it went the right direction for me. 3
     
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    Oh man. Weird symptoms had me go to the doc at age 33 or so. Did blood work and low thyroid was found. But my symptoms were not consistent with that so on to a specialist who thought it could be MS. MRI was negative. But as I took thyroid supplements, the symptoms went away over about two months. All good. But then six months later, other symptoms arrived. My levels were technically fine, but we reduced the dose a smidge and six weeks later THOSE symptoms subsided. 19 years later it seems to be working for me.
     
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    Congrats. My step daughter does and it took awhile to figure it out, but basically resolved a few issues.
     
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    my mother and sister are on it. Neither has the best diet

    my doctor told me that maybe I should be on it, but then retested me, and said my levels were normal, and I might have had a virus before leaving me with a low reading

    I was really down when I thought I might have to take it, as I knew it was 'take forever' medicine, but my mother cheerfully reminded me that as I would need it to live, I would get it free of any charge under our UK health laws - I thought this might be of interest to any Americano reading this
     
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    my wife has been taking it for several years, at 25 mcg per day. Recently her doctor has doubled that to 50 mcg and that seems to be OK.
     
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    Count me in. I've been on Levothyroxine for several years.
     
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    I've been taking it for years, made a big difference in the way I feel. No more needing naps to get through the day.
     
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    I've been taking it for a few years. I didn't experience the extra energy burst or weight loss... Too bad. The oddest symptom I had was my eyebrows falling out - they've grown back since being on it a while.
     
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    Yeah, from what the doc tells me, it's kind of a balancing act to get the dosage just right. So far so good for me, I figure if I get by the six month check, I'm fine.
     
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    The warnings on the bottle were that my hair might fall out but come back later. So far, no falling out, but it seems a little thicker, and grows FAST. I get a short haircut, and in a month I'm pretty shaggy.
     
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    I've been on thyroid medication since I was 20.

    I ran track in college. Got a bad injury that I just couldn't seem to recover from. Kept getting worse. Then pretty rapid weight gain (for a long distance runner), then lethargy, then depression, then insomnia. I kept telling myself I was just stressed about the thought of losing my scholarship. Finally the team doctor said enough is enough and did a blood test. Found way under-active thyroid. Got me on meds and I was like a completely different person within a couple weeks.

    Lots of people have under-active thyroids. Some think its depression. Or laziness. Or personality. Or low testosterone. But it much more common than you hear about and could be the answer to your "problems."
     
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    10 years ago I had throat cancer and the radiation roached my thyroid. I been taking 100 micrograms of Levothyroxine since then. I'm not sure I noticed any benefits.
     
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    My doc is kind a practical man. He asked me if I felt better now that I was taking the medication. I said yes I do, or at least I think I do. He said it doesn't matter which one it is, if you think you feel better, you do feel better.
     
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    I had half my thyroid removed 2 years ago. I literally woke up one morning and saw a lump the size of a golf ball on the side of my throat. It was a benign cyst of all things. I had it removed and I have been on 75 μg daily ever since. I have seen no changes in appetite or energy levels damn it.
     
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    Been on Levothyroxine for 6 or 7 years. Just from my annual blood work. I’m juggling meds right now and thyroid isn’t one of them. We’re working on anti rejection meds. This changes from month to month depending on diet and exercise. It’s interesting what meds do what to the body.
     
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    I didn't like your post because you haven't seen an improvement, I just thought it decent of you to add to the topic. I'm pretty sure the medication is me helping beyond the placebo effect because I not only feel better, I sleep better and longer. I don't even have to get up and go to the restroom during the night nearly as often as I did before taking the medication. My wife likes to watch the Home & Garden channel a little while before she shuts down, as soon as the tv goes off, I'm asleep within just a couple of minutes.
     
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