Confused about thyroid levels

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I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism almost 3 months ago with tsh level of 4.77. I wasn't feeling the best, sore throat, headaches, rash, sleeping 14 hours a day. They checked my levels again last week and it was 1.86. Is that too quick of a drop? Is that why I've been feeling so terrible?

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    Hi Ashly, I assume the drop is due to taking thyroid meds?

    You said you tested after three months. This is an appropriate period because if you test in less than three months,my of get wonky numbers. It's good that you had the full three months before testing.

    A TSH of 1.86 is not particularly low at all, especially on the meds. Did your symptoms improve with the meds, stay the same or get worse? It wasn't clear in your post when the symptoms started.

    The simple answer to your questions is, no, that isn't too fast of a drop. The drop tells you that you should be starting to feel normal. If your symptoms have worsened, it's likely you need to try a different medication. For me and others, most people who have difficult symptoms to start with these meds, only get worse over time. If you're that sick, you'll have to rule out other sources if illness, but my experience is thus drug was poisoning me and didn't work at any dose. I feel I was foolish to stay on it as long as I did, and let it continue to damage my body.

    As for the labs... All the TSH tells you is whether your pituitary thinks you need to make thyroxin and / or whether your pituitary responds to tries to induce your body to produce more thyroxin.since you're working with a feedback loop, the TSH only gives you a small piece of the puzzle, and you can only guess at why it's doing what it's doing.

    Hooe that helps.

     

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      Yes sorry I'm taking meds. I'm still feeling quite awful. It's been about 3 weeks of feeling bleh.

      Like in my original post, I started getting bad headaches, sore throat, a rash and sleeping 14 hours a day. That's all new starting 3 weeks ago. I also have an intolerance to heat as well. Unusual for me because I'm usually cold.

      I'm just feeling really sluggish now when a month ago I was feeling alright.

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      Yes sorry I'm taking meds. I'm still feeling quite awful. It's been about 3 weeks of feeling bleh.

      Like in my original post, I started getting bad headaches, sore throat, a rash and sleeping 14 hours a day. That's all new starting 3 weeks ago. I also have an intolerance to heat as well. Unusual for me because I'm usually cold.

      I'm just feeling really sluggish now when a month ago I was feeling alright.

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      Yeah, if I were you, knowing what I know now, I'd switch meds.

      ill tell you, I had migraines do horrible that I was completely incapacitated. The meds didn't work for me at any dose, and I was bedridden after two and a half years messing with this medication.

      I found a good organic bovine glandular and with acupuncture and herbs, im finally starting to recover from the meds. I started raking the levo in the spring of 2013. It'll likely be another 3-5 years before I recover, if ever.

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      What should be our tsh level to feel normal, my last time tsh level was 5.66, I still feeling the symptoms of thyroid, under homoeopathy medicine, did any one in this forum tried homoeopathy , if so what is result.
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      Did any one tried yoga to ernanentlt get rid of thyroid , if so how many months it took to recover
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      Sangho, see Rosibrans posts and others about things that work. I've done yoga, but other things,me specially paleo diet, high in lean animal protein, little or no grains, gluten free... Plus acupuncture, supplements including bladderwrack, boron, selenium, and others are helpful.

      Yoga gas helps general health, so will help, plus, exercise certainly helps. Stick with the yoga, it's better than many other exercises and is designed to slight the body. But also make other lifestyle and diet changes.

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      My endo told me that most of his patients don't feel better until their TSH is at around 1.00.  I am now at 0.95 and I finally feel more like my old self again.

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