Hi, apologies for this very long post, I just notices other members asking for results so thought I would post the whole story and see if anyone has any advice on dealing with this and also what foods I should be eating (and avoiding). Since March I've been suffering from red hot and sore soles of the feet. I worked out that this was erythromelalgia and the web forum I found on this said that it may be caused by something else, so to ask my doctor for full blood tests and to test glucose, kidney, liver, thyroid etc.
The results came back as underactive thyroid. Results are below. I've been on 25mg levythyroxene for 3 weeks and don't feel any better. I think my thyroid must have been sluggish then in Feb and March this year, I went on an intensive exercise and dieting kick. I thik it must have just given up then and I felt ill really quickly. I feel as if I've had one long hangover for months and haven't been myself at work or socially.
First test: 17th April 2013
THS 10.27 (0.35-5.00)
Free T4 10.1 (9.0 - 21.0)
Everything else tested was within the ranges except:.
Slightly High - Chloride at 107 (95-108)
High - Liver Function Total Bilirubin at 10 (0-20)
Slightly Low - Haematocrit at 0.397 (0.370-0.470)
Low - Lymphocytes at 1.7 (1.0-4.8)
Low - Eosinophils at 0.1 (0.1 - 1.0)
Glucose was fine
(I've no idea what most of these things are, but have read up a bit on THS now).
Doctor just said thyroid results would need tested again in a few weeks. She didn't want to put me on medication until I had a second test. I read this website and asked her also to test for Total T3, Vitamin D and Calcium which they did (results below). I also however asked for Total T4, Free T3, Vitamin B12, Ferritin and Foliates. The doctor said the lab only tested for what they thought was necessary which was:
Second test: 16th May 2013
THS 7.16 (0.35-5.00)
Free T4 11.1 (9.0 - 21.0)
Total T3 1.50 (0.90 - 2.50)
Calcium 2.18 (2.2 - 2.6)
Calcium adjusted 2.28 (2.20 - 2.60)
Phosphate 1.15 (0.8-1.5)
Albumin 37 (35 - 50)
Alkaline Phosphatase 78 (30-130)
Vitamin D 25. (no range but doc said 25 is low, 50 is normal?)
Doc started me on 25mg levothyroxine. I took the first tablet on 24th May 2013.
Week 1 - sleeping all the time like jet lag
Week 2 - bursting with energy, thought I was back to normal
Week 3 - crashing with a vengeance, can hardly drag my body around, my eyes just want to sleep all the time.
I already take 20mg of fluoexitine anti depressent, have been on this for nearly 2 years.
The doctor told me to take 1000 of Vitamin D as well, so I've been taking this for 3 weeks too.
I know not to take the levo with anything else, just water for a couple of hours either side so I take my levo at bedtime then my other meds in the morning.
And the feet are as bad as ever. Like sunburn on my soles, or red ants under the skin. I have cooling mats to put them on in bed and also at work. I can only wear one pair of flat wide shoes that I change cushion insoles every week. Bare feet is best. The front tops of my legs are also on fire from time to time and also the palms of my hands and tips of my fingers. It made sense thinking thyroid was involved as it feels like bad circulation and blood pooling wherever it can go rather than where it should go.
I'm craving carbs I feel. Any ideas on what I should eat? My diet is all carbs. A typical day would be:
Crunchy nut cornflakes and semi skimmed milk.
2 slices of seeded toast with lurpak.
Baked potato with tuna mayonnaise.
Piece of chicken with carrots and potato
Snacks: tea biscuits, 1 bar chocolate.
Thanks so much if you can comment.