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My levels have gone from very low in March to high in July. I have started to feel quite a lot better, but I still have some symptoms. I have a feeling that it has been low for much longer than I realised. Does anyone know how long it takes to feel 100% again? I am getting frustrated at not being to do things I could do a year ago.

Asked by  tjr2917551900 on August 17, 2015

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  •  tjr2917551900 on

    See title

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  •  IAW on

    It would probably be a little more helpful it you can say what your levels measured at in March and July. Make sure to include unit of measure as nmol/l or ng/ml.
    Also what symptoms do you continue to have and how much Vitamin D are you taking?

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  •  tjr2917551900 on

    Thanks for reply. I’m in UK. Level was 18 nmol/l in March. At the end of July it was 248 nmol/l. I had taken 2 x 20,000 iu D3 on Dr’s prescription for 7 weeks.
    Then for 10 weeks I followed a protocol I had a lot about, taking 5,000 daily initially, and 10,000 after 2 weeks, with Vit K2 and magnesium.
    I had to pay for the blood spot test in July to do at home. I assume it is accurate. I was advised to spot supplementing for 3 weeks to let it drop a little, then take 1 – 2,000 daily afterwards. I’m tempted to take 5,000 when I re-start! I still have restless legs sometimes, a little brain fog sometimes, sometimes get exhausted, and I don’t feel I can stand for more than a few minutes – my legs feel like they’ll give way, so I hold on to something. But I am way better since I started treatment. I just wonder if it takes longer for the body to fully recover even though levels look good on paper eg 6 months or 12 months perhaps?

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  •  IAW on

    So first how much magnesium do you take and what kind? Magnesium Oxide is not very good and daily requirements are more like 500 to 800 mg. a day.
    If you weigh more than average weight of 150lbs you may have to take more Vitamin D than what we recommend which is 5000iu a day.
    When you stopped taking it, Vitamin D has a 1/2 life of about two weeks therefore your level went from about 250nmol/l to 125nmol/l and then it went a little lower by week three. (I probably would have had you just cut back to 5000iu a day and not stop.)
    More and more people ask “How long before I feel better?” Yesterday I asked someone to try and keep track for me, how long it takes them to feel better and report back so I can pass that info onto others. Everyone is different and it may take awhile to completely heal but that is only a guess.
    I would definitely take 5000iu a day and not lower. If you feel symptoms are getting worse again then you may need to take a higher amount. If so then try 8000iu a day and see what happens. The upper end of the range is 250nmol/l and we know 375nmol/l (150ng.ml) is safe and taking 10,000iu a day is safe. So really you were not over the upper end of the range.
    Hope this helps!

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    •  tjr2917551900 on

      Many thanks again. It’s so hard to know if advice I hear is right or not. My Dr is great, but is not an expert on this! I’d not heard about D3 half life… I’ll start 5,000 again straightaway. I weigh about 140 lbs. I have gained about 12 lbs this year, tho I think some of that is because my thyroid treatment was too low again. I’m taking 3 x 120 mg magnesium capsule daily. It was suggested I take 4, but my stomach doesn’t like that much. My symptoms haven’t really got worse again (yet, anyway) but I had not felt fully right, even when my levels said 248 nmol after 4 months treatment.

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  •  IAW on

    Has anyone ever checked you for thyroid antibodies or do you have Hashimoto’s? An excellent website http://www.tiredthyroid.com. She explains why you cannot just use a TSH level to treat someone with hypothyroidism.

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  •  tjr2917551900 on

    No I haven’t had antibodies checked. But I was hyperthyroid – Graves – about 30 years ago, then radioactive iodine treatment about 2 years later, and consequently hypothyroid since then. I’ve been on the same level of thyroxine for many years, but had to change manufacturer before Xmas 2014, and I think that made my thyroid levels too high, and I had a few months to get on a good dose again. My Dr does check TSH T4 and T3, and also always asks how I actually feel, so we do get it right between us I think!

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  •  IAW on

    Just keep in mind that the Free T4 and Free T3 ranges are badly “skewed”. Meaning you probably will not feel well if your level goes below 1/2 way in either range.

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  •  tjr2917551900 on

    Thanks. Though my main problem this year has definitely been very low Vitamin D. My present symptoms are still from that (but a lot less than months ago). They are a bit different from when I get thyroid symptoms. Just hope they finally disappear before too long…

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