Living With Hashimoto's: Knowing the Numbers

This week was chaos as hubby and I tried to find our way back into some semblance of a normal life after our trip to Florida. We had a wonderful time, but I realized very quickly that there are some parts of Hashimoto's that will always follow me, whether it's at home or on vacation. The cold/flu crud.

It started with my son. I blame him for bringing home the massive cold just a few days before our trip. As someone with Hashimoto's I've learned that no amount of prevention is going to keep me from getting the myriad of things that my family brings home. I did my best, disinfecting, take supplements, keeping my distance, but I was a walking target for the crud.

Shortly before I left I had another TSH (Thyroid Stimulating Hormone) test. This test the level of hormone and gauges the activity. From these periodic tests my doctor will decide whether to stay at the current rate of medication or increase it. Keep in mind that I had this test 6 months ago and there were very little change in the rate, but she decided to up my Synthroid dosage.

1 year ago: Initial prescription of Synthroid at .25 mcg (No TSH Level indicated)
4 months ago: Upping dosage to Synthroid at .50 mcg (TSH Level: 2.11)
3 weeks ago: Upping dosage again of Synthroid to .75 mcg (TSH Level: 4.95)

An acceptable TSH level is between 0.5 to 4.0

The drop of TSH level is pretty significant considering that I had an upped dosage not 4 months ago. I am tracking the changes so that I know what is expected and what I should be at. Not expecting my doctor to recognize the changes herself. She's busy. She might miss it.

For the most part Sythroid handles the majority of symptoms. I still struggle with hair loss/chaos and definite weight gain, but the aches and pains are minimal and I am usually clearer of mind. I have noticed some tremors lately, but not significant enough to worry about.

Anyway, I put this info out there not as a rule of how it should go, but more for an example. So many times I find that I am searching the net for answers about strange symptoms or news about the disease. Staying forewarned is forearmed.

If you have any questions about my personal journey with Hashimoto's I'd be glad to answer them. You can put them in the comments below, or drop me a line at


(please note that this is in no way intended to diagnose or treat your own individual symptoms. Only your doctor can do that. This is merely to offer a look at my own journey.)

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