I was training for a competition approximately 9 months ago. I was eating so ‘clean’ and was not doing an excessive amount of exercise. But yet I was fatigued, felt horrendous and eventually my trainer sent me for blood tests, especially for thyroid function. To cut a long story short my blood results indicated that there was something out of the ordinary. My trainer requested the results and demanded I get a consultation with an endocrinologist as said my results were far from normal. The endo diagnosed me with severe secondary hypothyroidism!! As I was training and eating healthy and trying to ignore every symptom he couldn’t get over that I had such an uphill struggle and had a bodyfat level of 17.9%, definitely not textbook.
Since then I have been on approximately 100mcg of levo and recently have been wakening to a migraine every day. I am irritable, tired and verging on depression. When I attended my GP appointment they advised that the private endo had been requesting to see me on the NHS and I had not been told. Apparently the last bloods weren’t ‘normal’ when I was told they were and he had wanted to discuss this with me.
I asked my doc yesterday for T3 as i didn’t think I was converting the amount of T4 i was taking. She advised that they couldn’t prescribe anything and that ‘I looked exceptionally healthy’. She did request new tests which I received the results for yesterday, They read as follows:
TSH – 6.79, FT4 – 10.6 & FT3 – 3.7
All of which are either high or low and indicate to me that my body is not converting. The doc rang to discuss the results and I again requested the possibility of T3 as I feel Horrendous! She advised that the endo usually has to prescribe the medication, but she would speak with the practice manager who will not be in until tomorrow. I won’t hold much hope as they don’t seem keen on using T3, is this because of cost implications? Surely my blood results are screaming that they need assistance and not in the form of levo?
I am at my wits end, I am trying to survive daily life, plan a wedding and be hopeful of beginning a family this year. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.