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4/20/19 10:59 A

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My levels are slightly down either due to the trauma to my body from surgery or the water pills I've needed to lower my water retention. Maybe both are playing a factor. My endocrinologist is monitoring it closely, and I'm keeping him informed. He was happy I'd had the heart surgery. He said my heart sounded so much better.

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4/8/19 5:35 P

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Wow! Do keep us posted Granny. What's changed? Sleep, food, stress, infection, injury, environmental exposure?

My PCP does the same thing every time there's a dosage change recheck in 6 weeks and we keep doing that until things stabilize and then, the time between checks gets extended once things settle down.

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3/24/19 2:10 A

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Thanks for your information, I'm having trouble my TSH is off the chart from 5.12 now 21.47 my PCP has change my dosage has change for the next 6 weeks and another blood test. I will keep you posted.

This is the day thatI really put my all into this weight lost journey. Starting weight 185 and my goal is 150.


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3/20/19 2:37 P

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Kind of late to the conversation. But your weight change would effect your dosage because thyroid supplementation is based on body composition. So you should probably always get it checked if you lose as significant amount of weight. It is easy enough to look up the dosage recommendations and get checked when your weight changes.

That being said, my OBGYN treats my thyroid. I went to and endocrinologist who told me all my symptoms were in my head...because I seem to be a person that needs to be on natural thyroid instead of synthetic, but he didn't want to listen to me. Kind of poisoned me on endos.

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I have an appointment with an endocrinologist April 1. At first they didn't think they'd have an appointment til the end of April. My primary doesn't show much interest in the thyroid. I've been going to a board certified internist who is also board certified in weight management. He was one of the only docs who didn't just automatically renew my thyroid prescriptions at the previous level. He changed the dosage twice, but then his nurse said that the primary should be checking on it. He didn't run the complete tests. I don't trust him, so decided to go to the endocrinologist for the thyroid and also for problems with the adrenal glands.

Does anyone else have problems getting a good primary doc? I've found excellent specialists, but it would be special to find a primary that could coordinate. My primary is very patronizing and is an "I'm the doc" type guy.

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2/2/19 8:26 P

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You're welcome, Ann. Trust yourself, lady!

My PCP told me that thyroid levels DEFINITELY impact cholesterol levels and the results on our lipid panels. Although my lipid panel numbers have always been good, whenever they begin to head in a *not so good* direction we're checking my thyroid. And, every time those lipid panel numbers moved in a *not so good* manner, my thyroid levels were off. Get the thyroid in order and the lipid panel results go right back to their *happy place*.

Wishing you the best in finding a new endocrinologist to support you.

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1/31/19 3:25 P

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JEANKNEE thank you for the advise, I would never have thought of checking the drug manufacturer. I'll look at my prescription and see. I've used an endocrinologist when I lived in Georgia but just haven't made the effort to find one since moving back to Oklahoma. I will definitely hold off on the cholesterol lowering medications before finding out the issue with the thyroid because I honestly believe my issue with my cholesterol is coming from my thyroid.

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1/31/19 12:53 P

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I am sorry to hear you are struggling to stabilize your thyroid levels. It can be challenging and frustrating. Hang in there!

I have experienced wild swings in thyroid levels like that over short periods of time. And, often times, had no idea why. Seeing an endocrinologist sounds like a good idea to me. I have never been referred to one. My PCP is the one that's treated my thyroid condition.

We did find that the levothyroxine did not support me. She (my PCP) had to switch my medication to a natural preparation. I have been using Armour thyroid since. Currently, I am using two different dosages and take one dose 5 days a week and another dose 2 days a week.

DO NOT let them put you on cholesterol lowering medications without addressing the underlying thyroid issue first!!! My PCP stressed this particular point quite strongly when I was first diagnosed with hypothyroidism.

Oh! I just thought of something else. Has the drug manufacturer changed? That information is listed on my prescription bottle. That is another thing that I have been advised to monitor. If the drug manufacturer changes, there can be impacts to our thyroid levels as well.

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1/31/19 10:52 A

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I have been diagnosed with hypothyroidism for many years and been on levothyroixine for a long time. It wasn't until 2016 that I got tired of being overweight and decided to get active and lose weight. I had lost 75 pounds but between March and September of last year when I saw my doctor last my thyroid went all wacky and was basically no where on the chart the level was so low. My doctor thought I might be taking too much levothyroxine so he lowered my dosage and I had to see him again in December. In the meantime with the lower dosage and other factors I gained 20 of the 75 pounds back and when I saw him in December my thyroid level was out the roof on the other side and was now too high along with my cholesterol and triglyceride levels. He raised my medication back up but I'm having a hard time losing weight now. Is it unusual for the thyroid levels to go from one extreme to the other in the span of three months like that? I've been seeing my PCP since I moved back to Oklahoma but lately I've been thinking I might need to just break down and see an Endocrinologist, especially if nothing changes by the time I see him again in March.

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