Hi everyone Im new to this!
Very briefly, Ive been on thyroxine since I was 12, and my dosage is set at 250mcg pday. Now problems seem to have started since I had my daughter 5 years ago.
Firstly back then I needed 200mcg, so that's had to be increased, since then, despite the same stress levels, the same food, and activity levels (to be honest Im far more active now) I have been gradually putting on weight. Ive always struggled with getting rid of weight, but at 11 stone 10, and 5ft 9 I always thought I was ok. It was 6 months ago I hopped on the scales, expecting to find roughly the same weight and found 12stone 8. yes I know its not alot of weight in reality, but when you know yourself you've not increased anything but more regular exercise, it seems strange.
So I upped my dosage, myself which, is naughty I know but I did it anyway. I upped it to 300mcg. that was three months ago and now I back to 11stone 10, my weight hasn't moved and I feel as normal as anyone with a thyroid condition can get.
SO I have a blood test. Shows zero production of tsh, and I believe my t4 was high?
So IM back down to 250, and a blood test due in 3 months. that's great except I again will have no periods, (sorry forgot to mentioned this had happened too) and put on weight oh and end up with zero energy and feel tired all the time, but if the truth be told, you tell these things to a doctor, and all they see is the numbers.
heres my problem,
all these little numbers and this is wrong this is right, this is where you should be etc is getting me very confused...
here are my questions and any help would be very grateful!
Does being taller and therefore bigger than an average female affect where my levels of thyroid hormones should be?
What are the normal ranges?
If my thyroid is working properly/compensated for do I need to produce tsh?
Can levothyroxine loose its effectiveness over time (bearing in mind Ive been on it for 14 years!)
How can I get a copy of my medical records/ blood test results for comparison?
how many others feel like doctors really don't know that much about thyroid issues, and are just reciting from a text book that is rather outdated??
and lastly How long does an increase/ decrease in dosage take to make an effect on both your levels and how you feel??
Sorry this is so long, but maybe some of these answers will help others many thanks. xxx