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I'm new with Levothyroxine and am on the lowest dose possible for a week. About 3 days into the medicaiton I started to get a headache at night and now it's progressed to all day and it's pretty severe for someone like me who never gets them. I do also have some stomach trouble and a sore throat so I think I might just have a bug I'm fighting, but wondering if anyone else experienced the headache initially and will it go away? 

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    I'm on it right now 750 once a day for ten days, I have tree days left.  Sorry I have no headakes or sore throat.  There are as many as hundreds of bugs going around in one year you could have picked one up.  Gargle with salt water, if it's a bug a virus that would sould heal itself in just a few days.  I also recommend seeing the dr about your headakes since it came on sudden, personally I would not wait.  It could be a reaction to the levafloxin or you may have a secondary infection.  

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    Thanks. I'm a schoolteacher so I'm inclined to believe it's a bug of some sort. I will wait and see. THanks

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    I am confused first of all by the person saying they are on it for 10 days never heard of that. I thought thyroid was a lifetime chronic illness. That said, I didn't have headaches but I lost so much hair! I am on Armour Thyroid now. Still losing hair but not as much and I deep condition once a week! I pray you feel better!

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      What on green earth are you going on about?  what does thyroid have to do with levafloxin?   Also  losing hair happens when your ths I high or low. I can condition till the cows come home and it don't make hair grow back.  Also she is concerned about a headache, something she rairly gets.  That to me is cause for concern.  I used to drink to many, many moons ago, maybe you should sleep it off.

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      Darlene, thyroid disease can go into remission. While traditional belief is that thyroid disease is for life, there is a ton of information out there on diet

      and supplements that help calm the immune system problems that result in thyroid disease. 

      Immune disorder is caused by the body's exposure to foreign substances, either chemical or microbial.with the increased used chemicals, and increased potency of microbial infections, you can see why thyroid disease is on the rise.

      Heal the immune system and it stops attacking the thyroid and thyroxin produced by your thyroid. Often, with chemical exposure, this require a combination of cleansing, dietary changes and supplements. As with a triggered immune system, adding additional foreign substances make things worse, so you want to stick to natural hypoallergenic products as much as possible when dealing with the immune system.

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    Hi Janice, yes, I had extreme migraines with levothyroxin. They were so bad I fear I'd have a stroke, so bad I couldn't do anything but lay in bed. It was several days before I could get up enough to go to urgent care. I tried a bunch of different forms of levothyroxin and they all caused severe headache when switching, going on or off. The headaches lessened over time, but I wish I'd listened to my body because the side effects were devastating for me. It could be a sign that this is not the right medication for you.

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      Thank you Catherine:

      They are subsiding some now and I feel dizzy sometimes, too, DEFINITELY not a good sign. I'm keeping my eye on it now because dehydration does that to me as well (almost vertigo feeling) and I have been treating that with tons of water and it's better. We'll see

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      Hi Janice, the dehydration continued the entire time I was on the meds, and I'm still following up with natural treatments for both kidney and liver. I did some research and found there are many case studies that make it obvious that even very low doses for short time periods on  levothyroxin causes severe liver disease, lesions and autoimmune hepatitis

      The he liver problems are indicated in part by boating, water retention, especially in the belly area. I had it all over my whole body, and still do. I happened to have an abdominal ultrasound shortly after starting this medication, because of the massive bloating and a liver lesion was found. I also had elevated cholesterol and triglycerides, which had not previously been a problem. Unfortunately, the doc didn't realize the high possibility for liver problems on this medication. Like I put on 30 pounds in a couple of months. Even my upper back is bloated with fluid, still after I've been off for over a year.  From what I've read, people who develop liver problems should be taken off this medication immediately.

      So, yikes! Keep a close watch on yourself and be able to make the decision as to whether the medication is doing more good than harm for you. Unfortunately, this is difficult for most thyroid patients due to the brain fog.

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      My goodness that's frightening and i'm so sorry you had to, and stil are, going through that! 

      Luckily I have no brain fog or any other symptoms of the hypo other than elevated TSH and some lethargy. At only a little over a week on the medicine I feel better energy-wise and the dizziness is now gone since the hydration was easy enough to fix, even if it took a few days to get there. I will watch closely now. Did the bloating happen right away? I don't have that and in fact have felt and seen some bloating/weight gain/fat whatever it was diminish 

      THanks for the reply. 

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      For me the bloating happened fairly quickly. I can't remember the exact timeline since I was totally out of it for at least the first month. But in less than three months I went from a size small to XL, or from a size 4 to 12. 

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