Question: My blood test was about a month ago and I finally got my TSH results. They were a bit high. My doctor wants to put me on medication and started me out with a pretty high dosage. He wants me to come back in two months to have my TSH levels re-checked so that he can adjust my dosage. Two months seems pretty long to be on a medication that may not be the right dosage! How often should I check my TSH levels?
Answer: While I am tempted to say that you should trust your doctor, I am also aware that you should trust your gut and be safe now rather than sorry later. It’s your body and thyroid medications are nothing to play around with.
Tell your doctor that you are uncomfortable with the two month “readjustment” time-frame. Although it may cost you extra, tell him that you would rather only go a couple of weeks to a month for your first follow-up blood test. Then, you might want the second follow-up TSH levels check about a month after that. At that point, your doctor should have a good idea of what dosage is going to be right for you.