I desperately need advice before I speak to my GP tomorrow morning. Sorry for the length of this.
In July 2008 Dr Peatfield diagnosed me as low adrenals/low T3 and T4 (urine testing: T3 below range, T4 very low normal, saliva cortisol below range). He thought my problems stemmed from weak adrenals, which would have made sense since I had endured extreme emotional stress for many years. I tried thyroid extract on his recommendation but it didn't help and I got palpitations. In 2009, then living in France, I had blood tests done as follows:
Free T3 - 4.41 (range 4.00 - 8.30
Free T4 - 9.02 (9.00 - 20.00)
TSH - 0.86
I had all the hypo symptoms but French GP and endo both said I was in the normal range.
Tested in January 2011 by Dr Dalle inn Paris:
T3 - 4.72
T4 not tested but TSH 1.12.
He felt I need Erfa thyroid and hydrocortisone although he too thought my main problem was weak adrenals. I took hydrocortisone for a few months but ultimately felt no better and put on loads of weight so was weaned off it but continued to take Erfa - 30mg twice a day.
I felt a bit better but not great; I then sought the help of Dr Chapman in London in London in August 2011 - he ran rune tests and both T3 and T4 showed below range, HOWEVER, back in France just 3 months later my blood tests were as follows:
Free T3 - 5.2 (2.0 - 4.4)
Free T4 - 11.0 (9.3 - 17.00)
TSH - 0.02
My French GP made no comment here. I carried on taking the Erfa but moved back to the UK in Feb 2012. I have been taking the Erfa ever since but in the last few months have not felt too good and have had increasing weight again and rapid heartbeat in the night plus very hot at night. I was also starting to have bowel movements many times a day and also in the night.
I asked my new GP for blood tests and these were as follows:
Free T3 - 7.1 (3.95 - 6.8)
Free T4 - 13.0 912.0 - 22.0)
TSH - 0.02
Cortisol test was normal although it was blood not urine. Also, my pituitary is apparently OK as I had at one time suspected not as my TSH was always so low.
Having searched around on the forum/internet I thought it possible I am now hyperthyroid, not hypo. My GP just initially said the results were "weird" - no explanation. I went to Spain right after these blood tests and thought I would try cutting back the Erfa. Within 2 days I had cut it out completely. I stopped the increased bowel movements and also the heat at night. I felt more energetic generally. I am back now and am supposed to be talking to my GP tomorrow morning.
I would be so grateful for any advice as I don't think much help will come from my GP.
Does anyone else think maybe I should never have been diagnosed hypo or have I just changed now to hyper now maybe my adrenals have improved? I really feel confused ...