I have just been diagnosed with Under Active Thyroid.
This is after 5 years of fatigue and just generally not feeling well, I had my second child 5 years ago and never seemed to get back on top form. I visited the doctors many time telling them about feeling constantly tried, I had different responses from oh it post viral fatigue to being told oh you have to expect to be tried with young children, etc, etc.
Finally I could not stand it any longer and agreed with my husband to see a private doctor, we paid for a very expensive blood test which showed the following
THYROID STIMULATING HORMONE* 4.45mIU/L0.27 - 4.2
FREE THYROXINE 17.3pmol/l12.0 - 22.0
FREE T3. 3.7 pmol/L 3.1 - 6.8
D.H.E.A. Sulphate 2.8umol/L0.26 - 11.0
25 OH Vitamin D * 26 nmol/L 50 - 200
Interpretation of results:
Deficient <25 nmol/L
Insufficient 25 - 49 nmol/L
Normal Range 50 - 200 nmol/L
Consider reducing dose >200 nmol/L
Thyroglobulin Antibody 52.7IU/mL0-115(Negative)
Method used for Anti-Tg: Roche Modular
Thyroid Peroxidase Antibodies 11.5IU/mL 0 - 34
Method used for Anti-TPO: Roche Modular
That doctor gave me a herbal supplement called T3 convert, progesterone cream and vitamin D and sent me home. A week later I felt very ill. It was like having a perpetual hangover or fog in my head. I could not concentrate at all, was very very tired, cold all the time apart when I was having hot sweats!!
In desperation I went to my GP. I saw a Dr I had never seen before and he actually listen! Maybe it was because I took my husband and blood test with me, I don't know. Anyway he said I have an Under Active Thyroid and has prescribed me Levothyroxine Tablets 50mcg daily. I have to go back in three weeks and have more blood tests and possibly an scan of my thyroid.
I have spent some time on the Internet and realise I am now facing a lifetime condition, I would like your thoughts on what I should be asking the doctor and what I can do for myself at home.
I am so desperate to feel better so any help would be appreciated.
I am also a little concerned to see so may stories on the web of people feeling terrible even after being diagnosed and receiving medication. Any success stories would be extremely helpful as I face the start of my journey.