When I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s, I was told that the only treatment available is supplementation with Levothyroxine (the generic form of Sinthroid) for life. There’s no cure and nothing else I could do – that’s what my doctor told me. I now know that’s not true but I didn’t know any better back then. He also said that once I start taking Levothyroxine, it would be a few weeks until I feel better and from there on I shouldn’t have any problems. I was so happy that I finally got my diagnosis and according to my doctor would start feeling better soon.
The first time I took Levothyroxine
It was in the afternoon when I got my prescription from the pharmacy – he started me on 50 mcg of Levothyroxine to be taken once a day in the morning. The first time I took it I experienced terrible side effects – my heart was racing, I was sweating and when I tried to sleep I was waking up every 30 seconds. I felt even more tired and generally worse than before taking the medication. I went to the doctor’s office and asked why this was happening. You can imagine my disappointment with this situation when I was expecting to get better and actually felt worse. The doctor – an endocrinologist, mind you, said that it couldn’t be from the medication and he didn’t know what was going on. I’m sure he thought that I was a hypochondriac or something. At least that’s what I thought judging from his rude attitude. So I went home and started researching
the Side Effects of Levothyroxine
And surprise, surprise. They were exactly what I had experienced:
- excessive sweating
- insomnia and trouble sleeping
- fast or irregular heartbeat
Some other side effects include:
- changes in appetite
- allergic reactions
- weight loss or weight gain
- mood changes
- chest pain
- leg cramps
Why didn’t my doctor know about all these Levothyroxine side effects?
For me, he clearly was a poor choice to continue visiting so I decided not to go there anymore. A practioner who isn’t knowledgeable about the “lifelong” medication he just put me on probably wouldn’t help me much. The other issue was the dosage he put me on. I consulted another doctor and she said that he should have started me on 25 mcg to begin with and see how I felt on that before increasing the dose. I followed her advice and when I found the right dosage for me – 3/4 of 50 mcg levothyroxine I felt much better. It’s important to go by how you feel too and not just what’s on paper. If you’d like to share your story leave a comment below or go to the Submit Your Story page to be featured on ThyroidDiseaseSucks.com.
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