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Another disastrous story, I just wonder when the situation will improve in the diagnosis and care of patients with thyroid gland problems. It does take time to get better but personally I think you should be given an increase every six weeks until you reach an optimum. I would ask if they would add some T3 to your T4.
We have to read and learn as much as we can due to the fact of the guidelines laid down by the BTA and RCoP that levothyroxine alone is to be prescribed. False statements are made by them re other thyroid medications, probably due to the fact they are more expensive. How ill can they allow people to get?
Female problems are an issue and there is a myriad of symptoms connected to hypo which are diagnosed as a stand-alone-condition, when it in fact is a clinical symptoms which they wouldn't know if they came face to face.
One doctor, who died early this year, says in his book (not only him but some others too) that women often have unnecessary operations when it is their thyroid gland hormones causing the problem in the first place. Needless to say he was pursued by the authorities which I am sure contributed to his demise by appearing before the GMC for his views on which he was trained as a student doctor. Nowadays we appear to be diagnosed by computer, if we're lucky
Our own thyroid gland produces T4, T3, T2, T1 and calcitonin (T3 is the driving force for our bodies, without which it doesn't function). Levothyroxine contains T4 which should convert to enough T3 but sometimes it doesn't convert to enough and the doctors are told to diagnose everything according to the TSH alone. Sometimes you are lucky and your GP will prescribe some T3, but reluctantly. There is also a natural dessicated thyroid, which they condemn by false statements, made by pigs or cows thyroid gland and it is more synergistic to our bodies than synthetic..
Always get copies of your blood tests for your own records with the ranges and post for members to comment... Check for other important vits as stated previously. If you've had a recent increase in levo, and in six weeks if not feeling better get another blood test as you may need another increase. Take your levo with one full glass of water and don't take breakfast for 1/2 to 1 hour. I have heard it stated that calcium may interfere with the uptake so maybe avoid milk for 2 hours. Do not take levo on the morning of your blood test and have it as early as possible.Take your meds after.
Many people do well on levothyroxine so give it a little time. It is unbelievable how unwell we can be but only the ones who've suffered can really understand. Your body has been deplete of thyroid gland hormones for a long time, clinical symptoms ignored, probably no blood test given or more notice taken of the point of the TSH.
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