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I was started on 25mg levothyroxine in April after feeling terrible for 6 years, everyone just thought it was down to the menapause (I'm 50). I went and saw my doctor for a cortisone injection for my shoulder and mentioned that my hair was falling out, my joints were aching and I felt tired all the time, he sent me for blood tests and then again after 3 months. He said my TSH levels were higher than the last test, I was started on 25mg of levothyroxine and the first 3 week it made me feel so good but then it all went back to 'normal' (joints aching, tired, hair falling out). I had more blood tests but my TSH levels remain the same so the doctor left my dosage at 25mg. I have no idea what my levels are and will ask next time I'm in for a blood test (Oct). My main concern is my hair (which has always been thin/fine) continues to fall out at what seems an alarming rate, and I just have to look at food and I can feel my weight increasing - will these symptons ever settle down. What TSH level determines the dosage and does it take a while to kick in (6 months) ?
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