I'm new to this site, so apologies if I'm going over old ground but I'm not really sure where to start!
I'm 38 and was diagnosed with Hashimoto's disease when I was 7. My great grandma, grandma and mother all have Myxoedema that was diagnosed when they were adults. Because I've pretty much always had the condition, no one has ever really explained it to me and to be honest, it hasn't been a problem for most of my life. I go for my blood tests and they adjust my levothyroxine if necessary. I've had the odd bout of insomnia and my skin occasionally got dry, but nothing too severe.
My weight was never an issue until my mid/late 20's and in fact I was probably a little underweight until I was around 22. About 10 years ago my dose was increased to 225 a day. I'm not sure when the weight started to pile on, but by the time I was 30 I was a size 16. I reached my heaviest around 5 years ago and was a large size 16, but the side effects of medication for another issue resulted in some weight loss and I went back down to a size 12. However, once I came off that medication, the weight accumulated again although I didn't put it all back on. Since then my weight has been pretty stable, give or take a couple of lbs.
I went for my thyroid function test 12 weeks ago and the doctor called me in and reduced my dose to 200 per day. I said to her at the time that I was struggling to lose weight. She told me to take up exercise, such as walking. I think she presumed because of my size (I'm 5'4" and a size 14) that I don't do any exercise. I told her that I go to the gym at least twice a week, I work three jobs, one of which is as a sports massage therapist for an ice hockey team, and another is at a roller disco where I spend between 3 and 9 hours a week roller skating. In addition to that, when the weather is good I skate outside at least once a week covering between 6 and 13 miles. She didn't really react when I told her this and just gave me my new prescription and told me to come back for a retest in 12 weeks (which I will be booking this coming week).
Since being on the lower dose, my insomnia has returned with a vengeance, I'm constantly tired to the point of struggling to stay awake at my desk, my skin is dry, my hair is brittle, my back aches and I've put on 2lbs. Because I do train and skate a lot, I don't just rely on scales, I also measure my body fat and it is up slightly. My calorie intake is less than 1400 a day and my carb/fat/protein split is not far off the ideal, so I'm finding this whole thing very frustrating and extremely stressful.
So, next week I'll be booking in for my function test. If I don't get called in after the results, I will be making an appointment to speak to the doctor because something clearly isn't right. The thing is that I have no idea what I should be aiming to get her to do. Should I ask for a copy of my results? Should I be pushing for any other kind of tests? Any advice would be gratefully received.