I have been diagnosed with Hashimotos since April 2013 and have all the symptoms of hypothyroidism:
overwhelming fatigue - huge need for sleep
sudden inexplicable weight gain - more than 2 stone in 5 months
acute intolerance to cold - always cold when others hot
sudden spike in cholesterol - 7.3 when usually 4.5
strange numbness and pain in toe area of foot - it comes and goes
very low mood - weight gain and lack of energy causing anxiety
Doctors say all thyroid function tests are normal, though antibodies proving Hashi's were very high. Here are my latest results (they did not redo antibodies test, oddly, but Hashi's was diagnosed twice since April 2013):
Serum free T4 level - 11.2 pmol/L (9 - 23)
Serum free triiodothyronine level (This is free T3 right?) - 4.1 pmol/L (2.5 - 5.7)
Serum TSH level - 2.47 mu/L (0.3 - 4.2)
You are all so very knowledgeable so I am hoping you can help me figure out what to do.
The free T3 reading puts me as normal but not optimal, not in the top quarter percentile.
Because of these readings, my GP is saying I do not need any treatment for Hashi's.
Frustrated as my symptoms are acute.
Many thanks for weighing in!