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How long for TSH to get to normal?

From: Jodi8134 - 41 weeks 4 days ago

I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism about 5 weeks ago when my primary care doctor called me sounding a bit alarmed to tell me my TSH was 80.46 and I needed to see an endocrinologist right away. I saw one within a few days and she put me on 75mcg. I also found out I have an enlarged heart and osteoporosis which are new diagnosis. Some days are better than others. Some days start out OK and I can get a bit of stuff done, even getting on my treadmill but by 2pm I am down for the count. Other days I can barely get dressed. If I have something to do in the evening it's a 50-50 chance I will make it. Also the depression is pretty bad.

How long before it takes to get a TSH of 80.46 down to normal so I will feel better and can get back to my life?

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You practically described my treatments exactly. I had cancer in 1992, and the diagnostics and dosing procedures were really bad - and slow. I understood it is all handled so much better these days, but you are still describing what I went thru. When we were trying to find the right dose for me (back then), they started low, and increased it very slowly. I can't remember how long it took - forever- to find out I need a whopping dose of 250mcg, which is rarely seen. BUT you also describe your depression very well. I'm all too familiar. I found out rather quickly that depression and thyroid problems do not mix well together. At all. I got so bad, needing so much sleep, the depression getting worse, weight gain and concentration problems. You can certainly take more than 75mcg, but you also need to see someone about treating your depression. I'm afraid, from my experience, the outlook doesn't get very much better. But, hey, we're all different. good luck

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