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More than 30,000,000 people in the US and 200 million worldwide have a Thyroid Disorder Most affected are women. Some estimates are over 50 million in US and over 200 million worldwide, and growing.

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Thyroid disease is also an autoimmune disease. This means that over 27 million people have one or more of the over 105 known autoimmune diseases.

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Thyroid Medication Symptoms: Levothyroxine and Armour

Vida wrote the following, commenting on one of my blog posts:

Dear Kim,

Thank you so much for sharing your information and experience and this amazing website. I am also suffering from hashimoto’s. I am so glad that your hashimoto’s is gone, but does that mean that your blood work showed that the antibodies are gone too? or just the symptoms?

I was also wondering if you have any experience or information regarding Armour Thyroid vs Levothyroxine for hashimoto’s hypothyroidism. I am reading Dr.Kharrazian’s book “Why Do I still Have Thyroid Symptoms?” and on page 26 of the book he has mentioned that, “In severe autoimmune thyroid diseases, antibodies to T4 and T3 can develop.This pattern may be found in polyglandular autoimmune diseases that affect multiple organs. Clinically, people with these conditions do worse and experience more inflammation with bio-identical hormones than synthetic hormones.”

I used to take Levothyroxine 75mcg per day, but I had brain fog and fuzzy thinking and my energy level was low. So I switched to Armour (60mg per day). I immediately started to feel more energetic and my brain fog went away. But I started to get these hyperthyroid flare-ups very frequently and this weird pain in the veins in my ankles!!

To be able to get the benefits of both drugs, I am currently taking the combination of 50 mcg of Levothyroxine and 30mg of Armour per day. I have also started a gluten/dairy/soy free diet. I have been feeling much better since I have done these two things. But I am still wondering what if, now that I am strictly following this gluten free diet, Levothyroxine alone would work better for me. I still have this pain in the veins of my ankles, which as I said started as soon as I switched to Armour. I would appreciate your thoughts. (Of course, ever since I reduced the dosage of Armour from 60mg to 30mg and started the gluten free diet, the pain is much less and it comes and goes, but it’s still there.)

Thank you so much,


Dear Vida,

What I know is that finding the right thyroid medication(s) (thankfully there are only a few), diet and supplements is a lifelong  journey. What’s most important is to find a healthcare practitioner who really knows how to work with thryoid problems – give and read the right lab tests, etc. –  and to stay very strictly to your thyroid health diet.

I have not used Armour, so I can’t personally comment on that.  I went from 112mcg to 75 mcg L-Thyroxine and found myself tired, more fog brained and lathargic, plus my hair started falling out! I’ve been on 88mcgs the past 10 days and feel better again – hoping my hair stays put.

You also asked: “Your hashimotos is gone, but does that mean that your blood work showed that the antibodies are gone too? or just the symptoms?” My antibodies are stabalizing and symptoms are much better, so both. I keep weekly track of my symptoms; I use the 63 Symptom Check List in my Manual to keep me on top of how I’m doing. It’s easy to not notice or just get too used to some of the symptoms when they are not normal and need to be dealt with.

Pain in Your Ankles: This could be from fibromyalgia symptoms, common with hypothyroidism.

Thyroid health issues really makes one aware of ones body that’s for sure!

I wish I had more answers for you. Please make sure to check Mary Shomon’s site and her community forum for ideas too.

To your health, Vida!


6 comments to Thyroid Medication Symptoms: Levothyroxine and Armour

  • Tad

    FYI – I’ve been on Levothyroxine for 10 years with no issues until recently. I started to experience intense Brain Fog for 4 months while changing my medication levels and my Dr. added Cytomel to my daily usage. After blood work, I realized that I was B-12 deficent (but my T-3 levels were normal) and started taking B-12 shots and supplements which helped a little. Decided to make the switch from Levothyroxine to Armour-Thyroid and after 45 days, my Brain Fog has left. Feel awesome!

    • kim

      Hi Tad!
      I’m SO glad that you found a thyroid medication that helps you and B-12, etc. balancing things out! YEA!! 🙂
      Thank you for sharing good news!


  • Mary

    I am starting Armour tomorrow morning. I have been on Levoxyl for 15 years and continue to compalin about pain in hands and arms, brain fog and low energy and unable to loose weight. I had to change my doctor to get it. I am crossing my fingers. I so hope it helps!

    • kim

      Is your doctor a thyroid trained practitioner? If not, and if they are only telling you to take the little magic pill and you’ll be better, you’d better find a new doc ASAP. Find one here: http://thyroidu.com/practitioners/

      Plus, pain, brain fog, etc. is not just about that medication. It’s your diet and need for necessary supplements.
      If you are not eating a thyroid health diet you can order my Get Your Life Back manual with diet here: http://thyroidu.com/bookstoreresources/my-thyroid-health-plan-manual/

      A thyroid trained practitioner will help you with the supplements your body needs.

      My thoughts of great health are with you, Mary,


  • Mary

    I forgot to tell you that I started the gluten, dairy, soy and sugar free diet and felt great initially…but fibromyalgia is back…so Armour please help!

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