How long does it take to make a difference?

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debbylee22
debbylee22 Posts: 456 Member
Hi everyone,
I really appreciate this board & being able to read what you all have been through.
I am new to Hypothyroidism, have known for less than a month that I have it.
I started on Synthroid about 10 days ago. Thought I "might" be getting better at first.
But have been having lots of the same symptoms with palpitations, A bit of dizziness,
and dry skin. Seems like the brain cells are working a bit better, but had someone
notice that I talk slower now. Ah!! I hoped no-one was noticing! I am still losing wt.
very slowly, but at least its going down.
Sure hope these symptoms go away soon. I'd sure love to know how long it takes.
I have to wait 4 weeks before the blood test to see if they need to raise the dose.

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  • hsrunningmom
    hsrunningmom Posts: 126 Member
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    I know when I was first diagnosed, it took about three months before I felt any different and adjusted to the medication. However, I never really felt that great on Synthroid and eventually switched to a natural thyroid medication (Armour first, but now I'm on NatureThroid). Give it some time.
  • debbylee22
    debbylee22 Posts: 456 Member
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    Thanks. I'm hoping to get a different Dr. once I get my blood tested again. (I go to a clinic). Also considering a naturepath, But I don't want to change the way I eat, and especially don't want to give up my coffee. LOL... I'll just have to keep taking herbals to deal with the palpitations I guess.
    The cold I just got rid of just came back again too. Wah.
    Someone suggested kelp to me, but I see lots of advice against it.
    Thanks for your reply. :smile:
  • tecallahan
    tecallahan Posts: 732 Member
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    Thanks. I'm hoping to get a different Dr. once I get my blood tested again. (I go to a clinic). Also considering a naturepath, But I don't want to change the way I eat, and especially don't want to give up my coffee. LOL... I'll just have to keep taking herbals to deal with the palpitations I guess.
    The cold I just got rid of just came back again too. Wah.
    Someone suggested kelp to me, but I see lots of advice against it.
    Thanks for your reply. :smile:

    I would not use Kelp or anything with extra iodine in it until you are tested for iodine levels. Here's the excerpt from www.stopthethyroidmadness.com -- yep, almost any question you have about hypothyroidism is out there!!

    Supplements
    On the opposite side of the coin of insufficient iodine is taking too much from iodine-containing herbs such as kelp, bladderwrack, or bugleweed can increase your risk for hypothyroidism. Many multivitamins, glandular support formulas and combination products contain these supplements.
  • debbylee22
    debbylee22 Posts: 456 Member
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    Thanks again. :drinker:
  • incendia3
    incendia3 Posts: 57 Member
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    I struggled for a year and a half after having my thyroid removed to get my levels in the appropriate place for me. But once I did the results were almost immediate. Make sure you and your dr. are keeping an eye on your symptoms as well as your lab results. Good luck!
  • enaves1986
    enaves1986 Posts: 46 Member
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    You could notice results within one month at the earliest but be aware, the first year on thyroid medication you may need your dose adjusted a few times.
  • debbylee22
    debbylee22 Posts: 456 Member
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    Thanks! :wink:
    I thought I felt better the first week, but now it seems almost the same. Good to know.

    Yes, actually the day I went in for the results, I was having panic attacks. Told him my symptoms & he just says "hypothyroidism can give the strangest symptoms." (I couldn't believe he didn't even take my heart rate)! LOL