I'd really appreciate your advice.
I have a ridiculous number of hypothyroid symptoms, and have had for several years. In fact, I've never been blessed with an enormous amount of energy and despite trying to restrict my calorie intake, it takes forever to lose a few pounds (I'm currently more than 6 stones overweight and the only diet I've ever been successful on was a meal replacement diet - intake 450 calories a day). The moment I loosen the reins, even a little, the pounds seem to go right back on, with friends, within days.
Some of you will know that my OH has Hashi's and that we had to fight to get her treatment for her hypothyroidism. Eventually, she like so many others here has resorted to sourcing Armour on the internet. NDT has made an enormous difference - she can function now - but she isn't fully fit by any stretch and is in fact going to retire from her nursing job in August when she turns 55.
I'm 44. I have a job that feels more stressful than it really ought to be but I think that's because I'm exhausted all the time and my joints hurt all the time. It doesn't help that I think I'm heading into menopause because I keep having these weird hot moments - not yet flushes, but pretty uncomfortable while they last. My periods are becoming increasingly irregular too when this time last year I was having them every 28 days or so.
Having found this wonderful site when we were looking for advice and support for my OH, I've stuck around and learned an awful lot about hypothyroidism and its wayward friends, Vit B12 deficiency, ferritin deficiency, Vit D deficiency. I'm getting pretty good at reading blood test results and recently have even ventured into the realms of offering advice. And knowing that my symptoms matched so many of those whose stories are posted here, I decided to get myself some blood tests. In an ideal world, I'd have gone to a GP for these, but after witnessing OH's experience, I thought I'd dive straight into private blood testing and sent for the kits from Blue Horizon. My most recent tests were taken 3 months ago:
Total T4 was 93 (range 59-154)
TSH was 2.71 (range 0.27-4.2)
Free T4 was 14.6 (range 12.0-22.0)
Free T3 was 4.8 (range 3.1-6.8)
When I posted those results here, the consensus was that my thyroid probably wasn't happy, but I knew - from experience - that my GP wouldn't act on those results (we had enough trouble persuading the doctor to respond to OH's TSH of 7.2). My bloods tested negative for antibodies.
I thought maybe I had B12 deficiency, particularly as I get pins and needles in my hands when sleeping, but that came back fine (after being here for a while, I know it really is fine - it came back at 85 and that was the Active B12 test). Having spent rather a lot of money on testing at that point I stopped, but haven't tested ferritin or Vit D yet.
Anyway - sorry, this has turned into a novel! - I've recently reached the end of my rope, as they say. I'm exhausted but I can't sleep, find concentrating a real battle, keep getting horribly weepy all the time and living on painkillers for back pain and other assorted joint aches. I'm not sure how I'm going to carry on working, to be honest, I feel so poorly most days, especially when I have to travel, which is quite a lot.
My OH is now on NDT but still picks up her prescriptions for levothyroxine, just in case, so we have rather a lot of it around.
Do you think I'd be nuts to try taking 50mcg a day to see if it helped me feel better? Obviously I'd keep monitoring my own bloods to make sure everything was ok and would of course stop if I started getting any adverse side effects. Or is that a crazy thing to do? Would I actually make a borderline thyroid problem worse?