I just want to share my experience in case someone is in my situation.
13 years ago I was diagnosed as Hypo Thryroid. At that time a normal TSH reading was 5-9. I spent years going to Dr after Dr because I did not feel well, NO energy, dry skin, hair falling out, weight gain, not sleeping, stomach pain, irregular heart beat, and overall pain, etc. Since my TSH was in line I was told by Maines leading Endo it must be mental issue. I found that self adjusting the dosage gave temporary improvement (my GP fired me for doing this)
I went to different Dr.'s regarding the overall pain. I was told I had Fibromyalgia.
In seaching for good endocronoligist I started reading some web posts and realize all my problems had to do with Thyroid. I found a Dr. in Boston that truely saved my life. He believed if you did not feel well a TSH of 5-9 may not be right. He was willing to "over prescribe" to get the TSH reading as low as 1. The medical community considered him a "fringe DR" and he faced a lot of harrasement. He also believed that in many cases synthroid was not enough and gives a small dose of T3 compound.
These days the medical community has wised up and a TSH of 1 is considered in the normal range, seems he was right afterall. He also says he has seen many "Fibromyalgia suffers" that really are just hypo thyroid.
t took about 2 years to get all my levels adjusted. As long as I keep my TSH at 1 and T4 at 9-10 I feel great.
Otherwise all the problems come back including the overall pain that I was told was Fibromyalgia.
A really great book on Thyroid is Living Well with HypoThryroidism by Mary Shomon.
Suzan, hoping to ski again one day