Levothyroxine and eye problems

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my doctor told me that i have hyperthyroidism and put me on .05mg of levothyroxine to start with. i have read about alot of side affects and am worried about the hair loss and weight gain the most. anyone on this medication and can give me some feedback that would be great. i am already overweight, at 170 now i have gained almost 40 lbs in 4 years. my left eye is also larger than my right, she said it will get better with time.
I did lose weight after going on thyroid hormone but still think I have to be more careful than b4 having Hashimotos about gaining so I'm very careful to eat healthy - Ive developed lactose intolerance to milk - other dairy okay - also I eat almost no wheat/gluten - some people get problems with allergic type problems when they develop immune problems and some dont - I drink soymilk everyday in morn coffee but not many hours b4 I take my Levoxyl - I lived in Hawaii - asian folks have very little
She felt that my Thyroid could have a lot to do with my eye problems and also mentioned the possibility that it could be a neurological/optical problem. She's going to do a field of vision on my eyes to see if I still have the range of vision. Basically, she's saying it's either caused by an Endocrine problem or a Neurological problem. Come to think of it, I didn't have these problems as often until I had been put on Levothyroxine and had it increased twice.
However, you are young, have no other health problems, and have no demonstrated sensitivity to meds. So, it's probably a fine starting dose for you. However, if the diarrhea should persist for more than a few days or you develop other symptoms more typical of hyper, you might call your doctor and ask him about dropping back a bit (perhaps to 50) for a few weeks before increasing to the 75. Sometimes when we have been hypo for a long time (13 years qualifies!
Hey, your subject line caught my eye, since I was once on Levothyroxine as well...AND I kept losing more and more hair. I'm not a guy, but I figure I lost 50% once it was all said and done. And I think I know what was going on with me--it was that I was only getting T4--Levothyroxine is T4 only, a storage hormone which is meant to convert to T3.
Now I am feeling the effects of the Levothyroxine and hyperthyroidism. I may also add that I do not have my large intestine, as it was removed due to ulcerlative colitis in 1991, so I may not absorb medications as most people do. My diet is limited to certain foods and almost all vitamins and hard coated time release pills pass through me intact. I know it's gross, but it's true. Anyway, I will try to keep taking the 100mcg of levo a day and have blood tests in 4-6 weeks time.
It is as if my brain has no sense of how firmly I am grasping something until it is too late and the object is out of my grasp. I also have had poor eye/hand coordination and poor eye/foot coordination as two parts of a long, long list of symptoms with a neurological overtone. AppleJacs, whoever thought to test your thyroid functioning when you were having grasping problems was a sharp physician. I assume that a neurological problem has been ruled out for you.
So for two years endured only TSH tests and minimum Levothyroxine while undergoing chemo, radiation and later, pelvic floor reconstruction. Now I have a doctor who is willing to let me switch back to Naturethroid but is not familiar with it and only does Free T3 and Free T4, along with TSH. I am sluggish, have patches of dry skin, itchy scalp, often depressed, cold, emotionally drained, and feel I just can't do 'it' anymore.
You need to see an Eye MD very soon as these could be serious eye disease symptoms. Find an Eye MD ophthalmologist near you at www.aao.
As I mentioned in another post I have been on synthroid for couple of years and and the past 2 years on levothyroxine at 125mg. Over these years I have had no good results from them as far as eliminating ANY of the problems associated with my thyroid. My TSH on 3/05/07 was 8.27. Doc said my T4 & T3 levels were within normal Range and to come back in 3 months.
Doctors are just begining to learn that with thyroid problems they should treat the patient and not just the numbers. Hope this helps. I ask most of my questions on the thyroid diseaase chat center. You can do a search and come and ask your questions. I have gotten really good answers there.
Only I'm hypothyroid and I'm having vision problems and waiting to see an Opthalmogist. Do you know if eye disease is part of hypothryoid too?
Pray she will put her on it....I am thinking equal to what she is on (125 mcg Levothyroxine) and give it a week and see how she feels, then possibly titrate up 1/4 grain for a week or two? Have her labs done (TSH, FT3, FT4 & RT3). I am going to get to the bottom of why I can't get all the labs, when I know they've done them? The doc's office will not like me tomorrow, yet once again.....good grief! I just know she has the RT3 problem too!
I did well the first two weeks then started having the anxiety feelings and tingles in the chin and numbness too. I had started taking Levothyroxine about the same time as Levo too to subside my goiter, but stopped the Chantix and the Levo at the same time. Are you telling me that it could be related to the numbness, excess symptoms of thyroid??!!! OMG!
so it did help somewhat, but there is still pain and problems with my hips also. I've posted pics of my spine and hip surgeries in my photos to share. I am not allowed to have Chiro manuevers done to my back due to the stress it could do to my already pinched nerves (as per my neurologist and orthopedic specialists). I do wonder though...does it work/help?
3 weeks ago I just called my endos office and pretty much begged for meds and so she called in Levothyroxine 88 mcg, no problems. I'm not seeing her until end of October and that's when I'm having my next thyroid panel done as well. But I do have a few questions already now, almost 3 weeks on medication. I can't say that I feel much better. Sure, I was hopeful in the beginning, kind of like exited. Will I finally get to feel ok now?
I felt weard, hair was falling out, itchy scalp, felt hyper and too energetic, felt my face pulling in temple area, headaches, migraines, dilated eye just one, etc... my dr wanted me to wait 8 weeks to test me with me telling her something was not right.... SO I HAD TO FIND ANOTHER DR WHO WOULD TEST AT 4 WEEKS AND LISTEN.
My #1 suggestion for people with thyroid problems is to get an endocrinologist and one that treats LOTS of thyroid patients (many see mostly diabetic patients). It often takes a few tries to find a good one that listens to patients and is willing to dose based upon symptoms as well as lab levels. I hope this helps.
I coped with this for a year and half and then started having eye problems. Pain in rt. eye and hurt and IOP was elevated. I first went to regular eye doctor who referred me to his friend, and opthalmologist. I was put on eye drops for the elevated IOP then with out any findings of glucoma but was told that I was a "suspect" for glucoma. No eye problems previously.
How do you feel now after completing your treatment? I love this forum, but lately my eyes are giving me more and more problems... So now I limit my computer exposure to work only... BTW, now I feel like my hearing is decreasing too (!) Is it also treatment related? I just had my 38th birthday and I'm going deaf and blind?? God help me to finish this treatment! Atherwise, everything is great! :) All the best to everyone!!
Much to my pleading not to - He had my tsh level checked it was 2.9 and he reduced my synthroid to 75 mcg and changed from synthroid to levothyroxine. Since this change, I have felt horrible, all the symptoms I had before i started treatment are back, joint pain, cold, constipation, dry hair, gained back all the weight I lost (60 pounds in less than 5 months).
I cried so many times coz i dont know what to do my grandmother died recently too coz of other ailments. coz of financial difficulties we ask for only medication. the doctor gave us levothyroxine and calcium coz cannot take surgery if we wanted too. hope for prompt reply.
I was diagnosed about a month ago with Hashimoto's and have been on 50 mgs of levothyroxine. i don't feel any better and my vision and dizzy episodes seem to be getting worse. I was just back at the dr today and he said that the vision problems and dizziness are usually not a symptom of Hashimoto's. He suggested i might also have lupus and did blood testing for that as well as did more blood tests to re-check my TSH, FT4 and FT3 levels. i get my blood test results back in a week.
i am on blood pressure medicine right now to control my blood pressure. I also take levothyroxine for my thyroid both my thyroid and blood pressure are pretty well controlled. when this issue happened my mom checked my blood pressure and it showed in the normal range it wasnt high or low.
some want to reduce glasses use to a minimum then a mini-monovision with either distance bias (0.00 one eye and -1.50 other eye or near bias -2.5 one eye (read) and -1.00 in the other. -3.00 is closer than many people like to hold their near focus. You can tell there is no best option and lots of choices. In my most recent case like this the patient had a cataract in the dominant eye. We set the IOL power to 0.
adrenal fatigue usually get the same things back - as a subclinical thyroid patient gets. And that is You're stressed.... overworked.... fat..... lazy and your diets bad... and they too get sent on their way without no help. Would you consider saliva testing to see if your adrenals are tired?
as every test to check thyroid function has been debated...and eventually discarded. Haven't they all had problems and haven't they all been discontinued eventually? I do not understand how the medical establishment has gotten away from what worked - diagnosing hypothyroidism from the patient's medical history, symptoms, and physical findings.
Iron deficiency can cause vertigo and dizzynes and i think a lot of people with thyroid problems might have iron deficiensy , but you need to get tested to know for sure. Great life saving info at http://www.************************* You should inform yourself and get some real help info about iron and thyroid here http://www.
Our eyes are so precious, and so many can go wrong. My daughter would be blind if an eye MD had not caught her problems. I have had 5 retina surgeries. My sister has graves. Only my daughter's condition and mine are related. Please take care of those precious eyes.
Welcome to the forum, since your geno 1, it's not the sovaldi but the peg/riba combo that will cause thyroid problems Endocrine Disorders Pegasys causes or aggravates hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism. Hyperglycemia, hypoglycemia, and diabetes mellitus have been observed to develop in patients treated with Pegasys. Patients with these conditions at baseline who cannot be effectively treated by medication should not begin Pegasys therapy.
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