Levothyroxine and headaches

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I started taking levothyroxine as my doctor thinks I could be developing hypothyroidism. I have taken it now for two days, is it normal to feel fluish symptoms and have headaches/achy feeling? If so how long can I expect it to last.
can i take my levothyroxine with food and is it normal to have headaches with that..
Since my thyroid was removed in January this year, I have recently been suffering from migrane headaches. Also I have awoken a few times with a dull ache behind my eyes which lasts most of the day. I am currently taking 200mcg of Levothyroxine per day. Is this related to medication or should I see my doctor?
I am recovering from thyroidectomy due to cancer and have been on my initial dosage of 137 Synthroid for three weeks. It seems that I have had a constant headache since starting it. Sometimes pain relievers help and sometimes not. Has anyone else had this experience or should I look for another cause. I don't go for first 6 week blood drawing for 3 more weeks yet.
Started on Friday on levothyroxine, 50mg. the first day and all four days have had severe headache; the pain goes into the back of my neck. In addition, I am dizzy; not 100% of the time, but most often when getting up suddenly, or moving around. The doctor told me to stop taking the Rx for four days and see if the symptoms stop. They seem to be dissipating after a day. What is different in the generic to the brand name that causes more reactions in people, and are mine common.
It is a pig-extract and therefore totally natural and not synthetic. It contains both T4 levothyroxine and T3 liothyronine and it's been like a miracle for me. I worked out my equivalency and now have my level worked out. I take it every morning without fail and for the first time in three years I feel relatively healthy again. I can't tell you the difference it has made to my life.
Yeap I rang the office back again and they said it is definitely 300mcg levothyroxine for the 3 days forthcoming and then I get the scan on Wednesday. Cross fingers it should be ok and I definitely don't want to do this hypo/Lid diet thing again..
I also suffer from chronic migraine and have been on 160mg of propranolol for over two years now and managed to get them down to one a month, however, soon after I started taking the levothyroxine my migraines increased dramatically and now I am getting one a day, I saw my doctor today and he said the levothyroxine can cause more migraines and decreased it back down to only 50mg a day and also told me to take 10mg of amitriptyline along with the propranolol as a migraine preventative and only t
6 weeks ago had increase to 75 mcg because GYN and Endo believed my anemia and bleeding problems were thyroid related and TSH had gone up. 6 days ago increased to 88 mcg. Yesterday at GYN appt I was told I have high blood pressure, which I have never had before. It has always been normal. I also suddenly feel shaky and have a little chest pain. Do you think this could be from the increase from 75 to 88? I am not due to have labs done for another 6 weeks.
From looking on the internet, I now realise that this was absolutely the wrong thing to do (especially the kelp) and that you should never mix levothyroxine and iodine supplementation. I've now stopped both the multivitamin and the kelp, but I'm really, really worried that the sudden massive intake of iodine for six weeks will have totally murdered my thyroid.
I'm wondering if, since the pains are in the morning, if it is the point where the Levothyroxine levels are decreasing and my thyroid levels are not stabilized, so I'm feeling it? Maybe a little higher dosage? Or, do you suppose it is an "after effect" of too much? Any similar experiences and explanations for the cause?
I feel better without the meds. Did any one else have headaches and weight gain on levothyroxine? Did you change to any other brand and feel better and did not have weight gain or headaches? Please help.
Now, I'm taking 0.1MG (i guess to wean off of the triple-dosage) and am having TERRIBLE headaches throughout the day, fatigue, depression, and my back pains came back. These are pretty much the same symptoms I had before medicated. SO, I would like to know what problems come with being overmedicated. Could it have worsened my progression into hypothyroidism? I never had headaches, and now I can't go an hour without one.
I started with 112mgs of levothyroxine but I have too much pain on feet and arms, my arms weigh a lot, headaches and very low energy. Some years ago I tried the Armour and I felt wonderful. I weigh 182 and my height is 5ft. 6 inches tall. I need to know how much Armour I have to take since I am going to start it next week. Also if its true that I have to divide the dose and take it twice a day because it peaks in 4 hours.Should I test my TSH before changing to Armour?
I would call the dr and tell her what you are feeling. I started on 50 mgs and after 2 months was increased to 75 mgs. I think the jump from 25 to 75 may be too much for you to handle at one time. My endo wants me to take the max. I can tolerate, but will find that dosage in gradule increases.
The Centre for Adverse Reactions Monitoring (CARM - Otago) has received over 1200 reports of side effects including, fatigue, headaches, muscle weakness, dizziness, brain fog, visual disturbances - and on and on it goes. Auckland is having a meeting tomorrow (04/10/08) for those experiencing difficulties with their subsidised thyroid medication. It is at 2.30pm at Kowhai Intermediate School Hall, cnr Onslow Road and Sandringham Road, Kingsland. (By the billboard on the way to Eden Park!
I've just started on 50mcg Levothyroxine for my hypothyrodism.........and my TSH is only 3.821 but enough to give me miserable symptoms such as: weight gain of 10 lbs, dizziness, nausea, fatigue, headaches, brittle fingernails, yellow-ish eyes, loosing some hair, and black marks in my finger beds... Has anyone experienced improvements with treatments with Levothyroxine? If so, what has improved and how long did it take? I'm anxious to start feeling better!
Anyway, a couple of weeks ago it started feeling as if my Levo dose was too high. I went from being Hypo to feeling very, Hyper. Really bad headaches, very fast and irregular heart rate, blood pressure spikes, feeling very anxious and nervous, insomnia, flushing etc. I've never experienced any of these symptoms before. On my own I went back to 50 mcg. of Levo per day and immediately all of those symptoms went away and I began to feel much better.
Had my thyroid checked about three months ago my TSH was 7. Was put on 50mg levothyroxine and was fine for around 5 weeks and then it seemed to build up in my system and i got these horendous headaches. Had to stop taking the medication as I couldn't stand the headaches. Started again a couple of weeks later at 25mg and after three weeks the same happened again. I need to take the medication but cannot cope with these headaches, whats the answer, anyone else experienced this.
There isn't an expiration date listed on the bottle, but since my numbers aren't changing at all, i was wondering if levothyroxine is known to expire very quickly and it's as if I'm not taking anything right now... thoughts anyone?
Since I've started taking my med I've felt even more emotional and in only the first week of taking it I had a few headaches and a few small heart palpultations but it went away.To get checked all I took was a tsh test a few days ago to adjust my medication. Yesterday my doctors office called and said it's now at 88.
headaches, numb hands, waking up early, and some nausea. Putting 2 and 2 together, I'm guessing the switch to the synthoid triggered these symptoms flaring up. In an act of desperation yesterday, I tried taking half a pill in half to see if a lower dosage would ease the pain. That was a mistake. I went through a wierd set of symptoms of jitteryness and dopiness that made it hard to concentrate at work.
I know for sure that the headaches are a sign of hypo and dizziness can be part of anxiety. If your symptoms continue and the doc continues to ignore, you may want to seek another endo.
I am hypo and I was given .50 Levothyroxine and I started filling shaky and light headed, I had trouble breathing and felt pressure in my chest, stomach cramps, headaches, and high blood pressure so my doctor told me to stop taking them and referred me to an endo who put me on .
It's been almost a year, I've had many adjustments of the meds, been treated by TSH only and looking forward to visiting a doctor who uses T3 Free and T4 Free and treats by symptoms!
so i started levothyroxine exactly 3 weeks ago. the first week was pretty rough with headaches,NO libido,very exhausted,heart palpitations. the second week every time i ate i had this pressure on my chest like something was sitting on me,and i was actually having chest pains and it was hard to breathe in deeply, i thought it could be heartburn so i started nexium PRN. nexium didn't really help. last saturday i had nausea and fatigue all day.
hi i am on levothyroxine too and i have the same problem of gaining weight, i do exercises too. all i can tell you is just watch what you eat especially snacks. i have started losing weight bit by bit, i drink alot of juices and fruits. try maybe it will work on you.
Thanks for the feed-back. I've been on 100mcg of Levothyroxine for a year or so and I still feel crappy. My TSH is .61 and I don't think I was ever told what my T4 is. Daughter has had her thyroid removed because of nodules and swears that there is a BIG difference between levothyroxine and Synthroid. Her Endocinologist has noted to the pharmacy to fill RX only! with Synthroid. That costs me $22 more a month. Really want to try Synthroid but my intenrist says they are all the same. So it goes..
He then tells me that the headaches I have been having were caused by the thyroid. Go ahead and I see another Dr. who wants to help me lose some weight by increasing my medication a bit. Seemed okay got pregnant which threw everything out of wack. Had the baby and they kept me on the increased dose because they said it worked with my levels, trying to figure out why I wasn't feeling good still. Dr.
Almost all the oddities began AFTER I started taking levothyroxine, and yet overall, it has seemed to me that I was deteriorating rapidly into unwellness anyway, and levothyroxine has been a good thing...but oh, the ups and downs have been something else again. AppleJacs, I am glad that you have a physician you trust, and I am glad that she has referred you to an endocrinologist.
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