So I had all of the classic hypothyroid symptoms for ages but kept being told normal (obviously because of TSH)
My TSH Was always betwen 1 and 2 so not even close to being a problem. But I had been suffering very much with feeling the cold, brain fog, not being able to lose weight, hair thinning and constipation. It was only when I did loads of research and wrote a letter to my GP asking her if she would request free T3 and free T4 so I could be sure it wasn't that (before I went down the chronic fatigue syndrome route!) She was reluctant at the appointment, saying I would definitely not have a thyroid problem with my TSH at 1.5 ish. But it turned out she requested them and these were my results at the beginning of December:
TSH 1.4 (0.3-5)
Free T3 2.1 (3.1-6.8)
Free T4 10.7 (12-22)
The first couple weeks of taking thyroxine were awful, I felt SO tired, so depressed and just sluggish in general. Then after about four weeks things started moving, i have way more energy, I've got my spark back, I visit the toilet sometimes three times every day compared to once every 4 days! and I feel warmer. I also havent had one episode of brain fog, which is so unusual because that was one of my most debilitating symptoms. Not sure if I will start to lose weight because I've been eating excess due to university exams.
Anyway I had my 6 week blood test this week and here are my results:
TSH 0.97 (0.3-5)
Free T3 5 (3.1-6.8)
Free T4 16.5 (12-22)
To the naked eye this looks pretty good, combined with my clinical progression as well it seems that things are working. I was wondering though do you think I will stay on my initial dose (50mcg) or should I ask to try 75 mcg. I kind of want to feel the best I can possibly feel and really back to normal. I do feel way better but I know there's room for improvement. Maybe I should downplay my clinical progression to see what the doctor thinks.
This also shows that some people are more affected by a smaller TSH window i.e I feel crap at 1.4 but good at 0.9.
Hopefully I can receive some guidance and also provide more information for people out there suffering. The last 6 weeks of my life have been massive after feeling rubbish for so long.
Thanks for all your support, when I was first diagnosed this board was my rock and everyone was so helpful and I promised I would always come back and say that things do get better- as everything had been so negative about thyroxine...but it can and does work for some people, I guess.