This is my first post, I could write and epic, but I know my story is very familiar.
Years of being patronised by my GP then diagnosed with hashimotos and was on 50 mcg of Levothyrox until earlier thus year. During that time my weight didn't miraculously fall off as predicted, but I did wake up a bit. A new Dr discovered low Vitamin D & regular supplementation perked me up again, then came the menopause, HRT low dose helped there, Magnesium seems to have ended chest cramps so painful that I was hospitalised with suspected heart attack! Another spell of exhaustion & all that goes with it was treated with an increase in Levothyrox, so now 75 mcg. My TSH had gone up to 3.4, now it is back down to just above 1.
I have constantly improved my diet and low/no gluten really helps, so a bit of a lift there, BUT at regular intervals I crash and burn. That is the best way I can describe it. For example, I had lost about 10lbs in weight this Spring and was feeling better than ever, then suddenly, in the middle of the night I woke up with tremors around my mouth and after that I was barely able to function. I went from being a capable business woman to an incoherent wreck in the space of a few hours. My weight went straight back up, I am beyond exhausted, make mistakes, muddle my speech, start sentences and forget to finish them and generally run out of steam after lunch. I fall asleep quickly and wake up feeling as if I have been run over by a tank. I have also started having spells of dizziness and nausea.
So, today I went to see my Dr, who is lovely, thorough, listens AND has strong views of her own. We battled a bit and in my exasperation I cried and was deemed to be in need of psychiatric help. I protested and argued that not being confident that I would be physically able to cope with the everyday things of normal life is stressful, depressing and financially disastrous too (so more stress).
She was also really alarmed by my high blood pressure 166 over 90 and my high cholesterol. She is urging me to take statins and I know from posts on here that it is not a good idea if you are hypo.
I came put with lots of prescriptions and an appointment for a brain scan and lots of warnings about my health.
She did give me T3!and it does seem to help a lot of people on here, so I would like to try that first, 10 mcg added to the 75 mcg of levothyrox. My hope is that my energy levels will rise and my blood pressure/cholesterol will drop as will my weight.
I eat a healthy diet, probably 90% carb free, sugar is for special occasions only. I have reduced my coffee intake drastically and will give it up completely, I eat good quality meat/eggs/cheese and lots of fresh vegetables with some fresh fruit. I don't eat processed foods. I don't drink alcohol.
My exercise levels are pathetic, mainly because I get breathless going upstairs, however when I am feeling well I am much more energetic and feel naturally inclined to go for walks, run upstairs etc.
So, despite her misgivings about stubborn women and T3, do you think it will make a difference?
Should I introduce it slowly or can I start taking 10mcg straight away?
Is there anything else I could be doing to help myself. ?
Finally many thanks for this forum and all the information, I have been really heartened by people who have posted about their success in treating this bizarre/unpredicable and life changing illness and the medical profession doesn't generally seem very interested in.