A few weeks ago, I blogged about my unsuccessful attempt at taking the T4 only medication, Levothyroxine, and my previous difficulties with Armour thyroid. To read that post, click here.
I received numerous responses to that article via Facebook, blog comments, Instagram and Twitter, all offering some exceptional advice. I had a follow-up appointment with my local LLMD and I presented him with some of the ideas you, the readers, had given me. After reviewing my labs, he agreed that I would indeed benefit from thyroid replacement and that Nature-Throid would be an excellent option for me to try.
I had to special order Nature-Throid from the pharmacy. Because it was over a weekend, it took 4 days for the medication to arrive. I began by taking half of a 1/4 grain tablet. This amounts to an initial starting dose of approximately 8.125mg. I am on day 4 of the medication and although I do feel a slight surge in energy and perhaps jitteriness, it has been tolerable thus far. I stumbled upon a wonderful website called ThyroPhoenix that discusses the benefits of taking enough time to allow your body to absorb the thyroid before increasing to the next dose. My plan is to stay at 8.125mg for the next 4-6 weeks and reevaluate at that time how I feel. I feel very content with going at my own pace on this medication. Slow and steady usually ends up being the best approach for me.
Many thanks for all the wonderful suggestions that were given to me regarding this part of my treatment!!