My wife has been on levo for 51 years since the age of 5, however the past 14 months her health has declined rapidly.
The major factors have been rapid weight loss (11st to 7 st in the first 4 months), very sluggish bowels, tummy gurgling ,excess wind, lacks energy, and feels cold, gets stressed and displays OCD.
Her last blood test when well on 125mcg Thyroxine was in Sept 2012. The readings were: TSH 0.01 FT4 21.2 FT3 4.9.
Retesting in May 2013 when becoming unwell showed TSH 0.01 FT4 30.0 no t3 result while still on 125 mcg. (hyper signs)
After 4 endo visits her Thyroxine has been reduced to 50 mcg Last blood test in Feb this year on 50 mcg showed: TSH 0.788 FT4 13.5 FT3 2.3 We were told the T3 reading was at the bottom end of range. When asked if a T3 supplement would help we were told it would make no difference.
Her GP puts it all down to stress. Numerous blood tests show negative apart from Vit D which she now takes.
She went through similar ill health 13 years ago, weight loss etc, when the hospital discovered her thyroid levels were too low. ( Her doctor had gradually reduced her dosage the previous year from 200 to 75mcg which later told on her health) Her thyroxine was readjusted to 125 mcg and within weeks her health and weight restored. Sadly none of the medics we have seen are interested in what took place years ago.
Is the Thyroxine not working as well? as she showed signs of 'overcooking' on 125mcg while T3 readings have reduced.
Has the menopause played a roll with some hormonal imbalance?
Is a T3 supplement the way to go and where can it be obtained? as none of the doctors will trial her.
Her weight at present is 6st 6lbs.