Okay, I'm having problems with my new doctor--I changed my insurance, and my doctor is brand new. In fact, I think I may have been her very first patient. Anyway, my former doctor (whom I loved) had switched me from the synthetic meds to Armour because he prefers it. However, this new doctor had never heard of Armour Thyroid and feels uncomfortable prescribing it for me. She did relent, and I've been taking it since last November. Recently, I began to suffer from symptoms of hypothyroidism again, which has happened three times since my diagnosis last September. After two recent weeks of severe symptoms that included extreme fatigue, foggy thinking, heart flutters, and wild temperature variations, I realized what the problem was....however, it was late on Friday evening, and my doctor wouldn't be back in the office until Tuesday. So, of course, I upped the medication from 1-1/2 tablets to 2 tablets (2 grains), felt lots better, and then called my doctor on Tuesday to tell her what I had done and why. I also asked her to please call in a prescription for the higher dosage because I would soon run out and need to replace my medication. Well, she blew a gasket over the fact that I had "self-medicated" myself without proper testing first even though a test I took on Saturday indicated that I'm right where I should be after taking the higher dose for more than a week. She refused to increase my dosage and told me to cut back to my original dosage! Yeah, maybe SHE should experience for herself how absolutely awful it can feel to be hypothyroid--no way am I going back to feeling cruddy and doing a poor job at work. I told her that many doctors rely on a patient's symptoms and not always on tests when it comes to managing a thyroid condition. She would have none of it...so I fired her. So, here are my questions: Is taking two grains considered too much? How much do each of you gals take of Armour Thyroid to control your symptoms? Am I still in the conservative range when it comes to dosage? Should I have upped the dose by 1/4 tablet rather than 1/2 tablet? I think part of my doctor's concern is that she thinks I might be overdosing on my medication(since she isn't acquainted with Armour). I have a lot of respect for your opinions, so I'd love to hear what you think. BTW, my TSH was 1.8. Thanks!
Laura H. (RoseTapper)