One Hundred Days with Hashimoto’s. Day 7: Racing heart

Thyroid Calendar

Total length of time on 125 mg of Levothyroxine: 19 days. This morning was the very first time I woke up with my heart racing.  I am curious if this will be a repeating event or just a blip as my body adjusts to the medication.

The nurse did warn me to watch for heart palpitations.  Prior to today I have not had any side effects that would worry me.  In fact, I haven’t felt much different than the day I started taking the medicine.  4-6 weeks is the expected adjustment period.  At the start, when I began this dosage, however, my mom expressed concern that it sounded like a high level for someone just beginning.  Family doctors that she’s encountered have regularly started someone on a low dose, like 25mg, and worked their way up depending on labs and symptoms.  I took her concern and made a call.  The nurse on the phone assured me that my specialist is very good, having folks travel to see him, and that his approach is a direct targeted treatment rather than amping up the dosage little by little.

Though a family doctor had been seeing me numerous times since 2011, they let me down.  Not listening to my persistent symptoms against the proof on the ultrasound of nodules plus the goiter in my neck…well it was all evident *except my labs were normal*.  And they just paid attention to the labs.  A book on my reading wish list is: Why Do I Still Have Thyroid Symptoms When My Labs Are Normal; click on that title and you’ll see it on Amazon.

It was an endocrinologist that finally diagnosed me with Hashimoto’s thyroiditis and prescribed the medication–after having a hunch in 2012 that I had the disease, at our only appointment prior to July 21, 2016.  Nevertheless, I am wondering if the length of time that had passed since his first suspicion propelled him to start me out at a higher dosage of Levothyroxine now almost 5 years later.

What dosage did you start at when diagnosed?  Did you have any side effects during the adjustment period?

Hit the comment button and leave me some thoughts.  In the meantime, I’ll be keeping an eye out for any repeats of the heart racing and update you all later.




2 thoughts on “One Hundred Days with Hashimoto’s. Day 7: Racing heart

  1. U know my history of thyroid disease started and ignored prior to the age of 42. Now newly diagnosed a day apart from you. Biggest concern is the fatigue. Weight does not make or break a person. Feeling upright and ready to go is my goal.

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