I have taken ten Levothyroxine (.05mg) tablets and so far, and I am here to report that I am actually feeling better. I have less fatigue, and wait for it……..less PAIN! I am actually still in a disbelief mode and keep checking the pain level in my feet and hands. I have not added the Gabapentin to the mix “yet”, as I like to be scientific and only make one change at a time.
I think I am most grateful for the relief in my hands at night. They still go numb and ache, but it is nothing like it has been; I noticed this change three days after starting the Levothyroxine. I thought it was a fluke but the degree of numbness and pain at night, seems to be less; I am actually able to sleep.
The foot pain has also gone down a notch or two; typically when we teach dance classes on Wednesday nights, I am in complete agony by the third class; last night I was still able to participate without limping. To say that I am thrilled beyond belief is an understatement.
The other really great outcome has been the lifting of the dark, gray cloud that made me feel so fatigued, that I was unable to move far from my sofa. This past week I have been able to plant flowers, start a knitting project and begin my painted markers for the garden, in addition to my “typical” daily routine. I do not know who is happier about this; me or my husband!
Of course at this moment, I am going to attribute these small victories to the Levothyroxine, despite the voice in the back of my head that keeps saying, “But what if this batch of Sprycel isn’t working?” Although, the optimistic side of my heart says, “But what if the Sprycel IS working, but this batch just isn’t causing all of the bad side effects?” I have been on this new bottle of Sprycel for eight days.
I have been on an increased dose of Sprycel for one month due to my increased PCR, and had a PCR drawn yesterday to see if it is working. I will have a thyroid check in about a month. Keeping my fingers crossed for good results on both fronts.