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I am 79 years old and have had an underactive thyroid for about 30 years. Up to about 6 months ago I was taking 125micrograms of levothyroxin daily but felt ill most of the time (no energy, aching muscles, frequent hot flushes, itching, runny nose etc) Then I found out that the fluoride that is put into the water in our area inhibits the thyroid gland so I began to use bottled water for drinking and cooking. I was still taking 125mcg of Levothyroxine but after a few weeks I started to have panic attacks and other symptoms of hyperthyroidism so cut it down to 100mcg. When I still had the symptoms of hyperthyroidism I thought I had better consult my doctor before I cut my dose again. My doctor didn't seem to have heard of the fluoride problem and after doing a test of just the TSH, which was 1.1something, told me to keep taking the 100mcg doses. I am trying to find out for myself how much levothyroxine I need to take to make me feel well so I decided to stop taking it until I got hypothyroid symptoms and then start with 25mcg daily and increase it by 25mcg at 3 weekly intervals until I reach the level where I keep feeling well. I have now been without medication for about three weeks and at the moment feel better than I have for a long time. However I feel worried because I am doing this without my doctor's permission and would be interesting to hear what other people think.
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