Recently I received a request from a reader to discuss the latest happenings with my thyroid. It has been several months since I last mentioned it, so it’s high time I provide an update for those of you who are interested.
So, where was I? Oh yes. My last post on this topic was about 5 months ago after a very disappointing visit with my endocrinologist. The Synthroid medication clearly was not working, so he prescribed me a different medication called Armour. I’ve been taking 90mg tablets 2x per day.
The first week with the medication was a little rocky. I had been warned by my doctor that the Armour medication may cause insomnia for the first few days—and he was right. For the first three nights after taking the medication, I felt like I had a rapid heart rate and pent up anxiety. Such symptoms are totally atypical for me—I usually sleep like a log. Fortunately, those side effects subsided shortly, and my body adjusted.
As for the effectiveness, the new medication seems to be working. I returned to the doctor last December and was delighted to find that I had lost six pounds! That’s a weight loss of two pounds per month—slow but steady.
My doctor and I discussed the possibility of increasing my dosage a tad since I was tolerating the medication so well. However, once I got my lab results from that visit, my hormone levels (T3/T4) were on the high side, so the endocrinologist decided it was best to stay on my current dosage.
Since that December appointment, I’ve lost another four pounds, which brings me to about 15 pounds above my normal weight. I can’t say for certain whether that weight loss is due to the medication or the fact that I’ve been particularly vigilant about my running regimen recently. Regardless, I am pleased that my body seems to be responding to something.
Because my last check-up went so well, I don’t need to go back to the doctor until June. Here’s hoping that things keep going in the same direction…
Thanks for all your support throughout this process!
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