Just Diagnosed and need some help

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Hello, I wondered if I can have some advice. Went to the Doctor as I was having severe carpal tunnel and I was having a lot of pains in my hands. By the time, I went to a specialist I had started retaining fluid, he suggested I have my thyroid checked. Anyways bottom line is my TSH came back at 477.30 which explains why I have felt pretty crappy the last while( yes I had most of the symptoms but thought because I was 46 I was just getting old), they started me on 150mg of Synthroid and I have been only taking it for 3 weeks. I just got a letter to see about the CTS surgery on my wrists but from what I have been reading, I am not sure whether I even need the surgery. But my big question is how long before I start feeling better?? I go back for more blood test and to see the doctor next week. Do all the symptoms reverse when you get your TSH back to a normal range? How long does it take to get the TSH back to normal? I guess I thought by the next doctor appointment, I would feel like I made some progress but I feel the same as I did a month ago which is pretty depressing.

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    No the TSH generally makes no difference!! Doctors like the numbers to be within range but that does no in any way mean that everything goes back to 'normal'. You MUST go by how you feel and not blood test results, do not agree with your doctor if you feel he or she is not listening to you.
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    I was diagnosed with Graves disease (hyperactive thyroid) in 2006. Started taking Synthroid immediately. It takes 3 months for the drug to saturate your body (and for it to show up on a blood test) and for you to feel the effects of it. The problem is getting the right dosage. Every 3 months I got a blood test and they changed my dosage, until they got it just right. That took 16 months. However, I started feeling better after about 8 weeks and almost normal after the first 3 months. The beginning is the worst, it settles down after that. I guess your body becomes accustomed to it a bit. Be patient, it will come.
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    Sorry, forgot to mention, I had my thyroid completely removed, which is why I needed to take synthroid.
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    I'm so sorry to hear of all your health issues. Thyroid disease can sure cause a lot do trouble for you. I have been fighting thyroid disease for 3 yrs. I too was started on Synthroid and took it for 2 yrs. just a few months ago my doctor finally changed my medicine to Armour. Thank Heavens my hair is not falling out like it did! Synthroid helped some but never took care of both T3 and T4 levels.

    I do believe you will get better. Be sure to be true to yourself - you know your body better than any doctor! Keep notes if you have to and tell him/her everything that goes on during the span between appointments.

    I have more energy now but still have a lot of health issues.

    Good luck !!

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