Should I start taking levothroxine 0.025mg 1xper day? I'm not totally on board to start the replacement hormone based upon my readings. Need your guidance. Patient info: 38 year old female 5'0, 125 lbs (athletic body type) recently diagonsed with REFLUX, ENT prescribed daily meds Battle with skin rashes including yeast growth, DERMO prescribed topical - 99% gone No aches, pains, joint or muscle Go through periods of tiredness, but have a very busy lifestyle Go through periods where I have difficulty concentrating at work Went through major life changes, divorce, moved to new city, single mother of 2 small children. This was 2 years ago. Moments of brain fog or racing thoughts but havent had those in several months I did go through a period of depression that lasted about 4 months, I didn't take any meds for this, but considering my major life changes I knew it was something I needed to work through and not mask. TSH level 3.4 a year ago checked by doc - said NORMAL TSH level 3.4 checked 1 week ago by different doc - said NEED to be 1.0 and must start meds, will recheck in 30 days.
I am very active physically, I work out at the health club 2-3 days a week including 10-15 miles on stationary bike, do yoga 3-4 days a week. I eat healthy meals and snacks. Stay away from fast, processed, and fatty foods. I eat more protien than carbohydrates.
My biggest concern is the meds will cause my hair to fall out and or cause my body to react in a negative way. I generally do not respond well to medication. Do you recommend I take the prescribed medication? Thank you.
Although most endocrinologists like the TSH to be 1-3, yours is just a little higher and has been stable, and you don't have symptoms specific to hypothyroidism, so I would agree with you, I don't think you need it.
Should I be aware of certain symptoms that could indicate a rise in the TSH level? I so, what are they?
Fatigue, constipation, cold intolerance, low appetite, weigh gain, menstrual cycle disturbance, lack of energy, sleeping too much. If these symptoms appear and persist, check your thyroid levels again and include thyroid antibodies.