By ONeil Latest Reply 2010-01-11 05:38:30 -0600
Started 2009-12-29 19:07:29 -0600

I would like to know if any one has the problem of being sleepy all the time , with haveing the thyriod problem or being on the meds to, Because that is all I want to do, with no enrgey at all. I would like some ideas on this. thanks.

23 replies

Rita B
Rita B 2010-01-09 18:28:09 -0600 Report

So you've just been on thyroid meds for about 4 weeks. It takes about the whole first 6 weeks to fully kick in. When I first went on them, and as well with my daughter, we got to feeling worse before we got to feeling better. Then at 6 weeks, I got to feeling so good that I went back to the dr and asked if maybe he overprescribed. He said it was just the pendulum effect and that I would settle down and I did. But then it may take awhile for your dr adjusting your meds to get it right. Usually, they work you up to the level that you need b/c it may be too much of a shock to your body to go there all at once. Good luck with it. Like the others, take it at the same time every day, on an empty stomach and wait awhile before you eat anything and follow your doctor's instructions on this.

ONeil 2010-01-11 05:38:30 -0600 Report

thank you , for the information it dose help me out on this and I go back to the Doc in feb, and that is even the A1c leval test that need to be done, so when I go back I hope that every things come out good, and just realised that thing do take time now so thank you for everything..

nerdse 2010-01-06 19:23:33 -0600 Report

Yes, it takes around 6 weeks to kick in which is why your next appt. isn't for a couple months. Don't be surprised if they adjust it up; they adjusted mine from 50 to 75 to 100, & I was on that for a long time. They don't want to give you too much; it will make your heart race & you'll risk being dizzy & falling, so be patient. They'll take care of you. You'll feel better soon. They'll increase it until they get the right dose, & monitor you regularly to make sure you don't need more. After your dose is stabilized, always call if you get too tired. Once I fell asleep walking down the hallway from the bathroom back to the office! If anyone but one of my colleagues who was compassionate, had seen me, I'd have been fired on the spot! I called my doctor, he talked to me on the phone, sent me to the lab (I worked at a hospital, so a quick break got that done right away). Before the normal quitting time, I had a new Rx with an increased dose. During the initial period, you kinda just have to be patient; once you're on a stable dose, though, if you start to feel tired, call the endocrinologist.

When I was feeling tired during one adjustment period, I looked up somewhere a list of foods that can block thyroid hormone from working. I can't recall all of them, & it was a while back so I don't recall the web site, but I do remember that carrots block thyroid hormone - and I love carrots! So I cut back on how often I had them & I did feel more energetic. You might want to do a search on foods that interfere with thyroid hormone.

I don't advise trying any homeopathic or herbal supplements to help the thyroid; they're of questionable value & you want to be stabilized on LT4 (that's an abbreviation doctors use for levothyroxine) first. After you're stabilized, if you want to try something, fine, but always look up the ingredients first to see what they are. In my experience, those supplements were a waste of money.

I also have chronic fatigue syndrome. It & the fibro pain keep me guessing as to the source of the fatigue, because the pain can wear me out. But the pain & fatigue are so much worse without the LT4, plus I've noticed your sugars can go high if you forget (once, the LT4 slipped out of my hand when I was taking several pills & I didn't realize it until later, when I happened to see it under a chair; the sugars were high all day). Hormones mess with other hormones, & LT4 & insulin are both hormones. Sex hormones can also mess with both, but fortunately, LT4 tends to mellow out the female hormones once you're stabilized.

Hope the info helps. You'll feel better soon! Just hang in there.

Pat Roth
Pat Roth 2009-12-30 12:41:15 -0600 Report

I am so old, that my information may not be current, but when I had my 2nd pregnancy, I was anemic, was also put on thyroid med, along with iron! The Dr said that without the thryoid help, my body would not absorb the iron, was sssssssssooootired—When Itried to quit the thyroid med, a few months later, I became so tired, I would black out, still standing???? at the sink washing dishes—-holding onto the cabinets until I could find the chair to set and lay my head on the table.

I struggled on without the thyroid med a few years—-kept collapsing with exhaustion, had 2 more children had to have IV B12 shots every week in order to even carry my last child—ended up trying to commit suicide as I felt so GUILTY that I couldn't stay awake and care for my sweet children—ended up in a psych ward, was put on a thyroid med (for the depression—) .200 a Large dose, and have been on it since, aabout 45 years now. It helped me to lose 40 # in 2 mos., but my depression was deeper than just a med, so was in psychotherapy for all of the years since, am improving—-

I have not had too much trouble with being anemic since, do not take iron now, now on Synthroid .175, still a big dose they tell me, but my body seems to really need it, they said once you have an underactive thyroid, you always have to take meds, but they check once a year to make sure of the level. To show how sensitive the body is to that med, I was on .175 every day, but that was a tad too much, am now on .175 5 days a week, then on Mon and Fri, I take just half of that dosage—-so see, just a tad makes a difference. And it does take time—they like to start low, then work up if it is indicated. Thyroid meds are nothing to sneeze at, are powerful little things, so take JUST as PRESCRIBED. And about 3 mos. it takes that long to see a difference and they sure do not want to over medicate you, so hang in there.

As far as my depression was concerned, I had to hoe a different row, is better, the weight is partly back—not the full 40 # but #10 of it—but can control it better, still tired but that has been due to my nerves frayed too many times and they are trying to heal too. MAYBE if I had stayed on the thyroid med as I should have, many years ago, I could have avoided the current exhaustion syndrome——-but we were so poor——we could barely afford milk and other necessities——so many decisions to make during our lives, I PRAY that all of you make better ones than I have—one reason I like to write on this site, to HELP others!! HUgs, Pat R

London 2009-12-29 23:32:49 -0600 Report

I am on 88mg of levothyroxine. It will take a good 6 weeks or more for your body to adjust. Your thyroid can be tricky to treat at first. I think mine is starting to drop I have been in my PJ's for 2 days and I feel like I have been run over by a truck. It's best to take your meds at a certain time then eat 1/2 hour after. Good luck, be patient, your levels will get there in time.

ONeil 2009-12-29 23:44:54 -0600 Report

thank you , you are a sweet hart that is what I feel like to were all I would like to do is stay home but My husden try to get me out of the house. but when he dose all I do as soon as I get home is sleep. well I hope when I go back to the Doc in Feb that the Blood test will tell him something along with my A1c ,
well thank you.

dyanne 2009-12-30 02:22:35 -0600 Report

I "am also on the same med it was just upped to 150 and I still feel tired !!!! Give it a chance and they will probably up yours when u get your next blood work done. Also ask them to check to see if u are Anemic at all… I am so that can also make u very tired. Good luck and know that u will feel better soon,,,, they will get u on the right dosage for u !
Happy Healthy New Year to u.

ONeil 2009-12-30 05:45:58 -0600 Report

thank you, I will ask my Doc that question . and their is a lot more that I need to ask him to . on my Blood work. so I do thank you very much for this note it is very helpfull so thank you.
Happy holyday to you and in good health.

Deb7892 2009-12-30 10:52:33 -0600 Report

Hi there…I was diagnosed with depression…then thyroid…then diabetes 2…and anemia…all cause the tired symptom…which was the reason I went to the doctor in the first place…it just wasn't like me to be sitting there…and just fall asleep…and mean ASLEEP…exhausted…! I started taking the Levothyroxine in Sept…and it took about a month for it to kick in…stick with it! It will all come together…Sounds like you and I are in the same boat…give me a shout if I can help with anything!


ONeil 2009-12-31 14:58:33 -0600 Report

Deb. thank you very much I will give you a shout so we can talk. thank you for you info it dose sound like that we do have the same problem do to that is what happen to me in that same order. but some time it makes you wunder why don't it . I will talk to soon okay
Hugs Anna

Pat Roth
Pat Roth 2009-12-29 22:30:56 -0600 Report

I have had a some thyroid problems, been on synthroid for 45 years—-no energy if I don't take it, supposed to take it the same time every day, on a bare stomach, it does take awhile for it to kick in, then you want to keep that level, level. A lot of other things can cause fatigue too, get a complete check up, I advise. Hugs, PR

ONeil 2009-12-29 23:38:53 -0600 Report

thank you I just mite have to resee the Doc if this dose not inprove soon. and I am on LEVOTHYROXIN 25mcg once a day at the same time. but I have been on the meds from 12-10-09 and I do not have to go back and see him till Feburay so I just don't know now long it take to start working. I will have to do a Blood test before I go back to see him that is when I will find out if this is right for me or not. But I do thank you for all your information.

Deb-G 2009-12-29 21:43:49 -0600 Report

Are your BS levels ok? Severe highs will make you sleepy…very sleepy…be sure to test often :)

As for the thyroid stuff I dont know…

But I hope you are feeling better very soon!!

ONeil 2009-12-29 23:31:12 -0600 Report

as for my BS well it start out from 120 am then it will go up to over 200 through out the day , and that is eatting very little through out the day to.
Thank you.very much

Harlen 2009-12-29 19:35:05 -0600 Report

Not much I can add to it looks like they know what they are seying
Best wishes

AddassaMari 2010-01-07 00:08:47 -0600 Report

I am with Harlen. Hope it all get it self together.

ONeil 2010-01-07 04:26:07 -0600 Report

thank you, I hope so , because I would like to do things instead of sleepen all day and being tired to . I don't get things done that way. and that is not like me at all.

Becky123 2009-12-29 19:26:08 -0600 Report

Before I started taking meds for hypothyroidism I would literally fall asleep sitting up on a wooden chair. If you just started taking meds, be patient, it takes a while before you get your levels to where they should be.

ONeil 2009-12-29 23:27:33 -0600 Report

yes I just started takeing the med on 12-10-09 and it is only 25mcg of LEVOTHYROXIN. AND yes I can fall a sleep anywhere and that is not like me at all do to I am always doing thing. thank you for input

Hinboyz3 2009-12-29 19:14:10 -0600 Report

So you take thyroid meds? What kind if you do? And do you take them the sametime daily?

ONeil 2009-12-29 23:23:49 -0600 Report

I am takeing LEVOTHROXIN for my thyriod and it is only 25mcg and I do take it at the same time every day.see I only been on sence 12-10-09 and it seems that is should kick in by now. , but what do I know. thank you