I’m confused about the significant change in my test results that has occurred in a very short time and would appreciate any comments. I am hypo (not Hashi’s) and have been on Levothyroxine (50mcg) for 12 years.
First set of test results from the beginning of August are as follows:
Second set of test results from mid August are:
The only difference is that I started taking supplements after getting the first results back (vit B12 (1000mcg initially), selenium, zinc, magnesium and vit D). Also, the first sample was taken around 5pm, while the second one was taken at 9am (fasting).
I have several questions:
1)Can supplements have such a dramatic effect, and within such a short space of time?
2)Can the time the samples were taken affect the results so drastically?
3)Is the free T3 level in the second set of results still a bit low, in your opinion?
I don’t think it’s a simple case of a miscalculation at one of the labs, because my symptoms seem to have improved too. At the time of the first test, I was experiencing hypo symptoms (tiredness, depression, hair loss, difficulty losing weight, pins & needles/tingling etc.) and that was the reason for having the tests done (I was sick of being told that my thyroid function is “normal” by the GP). By the time I had the second set of tests done, I was actually feeling much better (tingling had completely gone, mood and energy greatly improved), so this does correspond to the improved levels.
I have decided to keep taking supplements (vit B12 5000mcg, minerals, vit D and a B vitamin complex) and keep a diary of my symptoms. Then get re-tested in mid September and go from there.
Any advice would be gratefully received!