Hi all. I'm new here so will give as much info as possible. Last April I missed a period, thought it was menopause as I'm in my mid forties, but after tests was told I had an underactice thyroid. I had no other symptoms, weight was 8 stone, thick hair, plenty of energy etc.
My THS was 10. This is the only blood test I was told. I was put on 50mg Levothyroxine but had many side affects; muscle spasms, weakness in arms and hands, felt 'wired' and hysterical, stabbing pains in the head, arms,chest and back and also lost a huge amount of hair very suddenly.
Went back to the docs who was unconvinced it was the tablets but allowed me to reduce meds to 25mg and increase after a month. This helped and I felt more 'myself'.
Have gradually increased to 75mg and TSH is now 0.61, Ferritin level is 23 (am still taking 2x iron tabs daily), no Thyroid function test was done. GP is happy with this and keeping meds at 75mg Levothyroxine. However I have put on nearly a stone in weight, am tired all the time and am continuing to lose my hair. GP says this is due to low iron but my iron must have been lower before they put me on any tablets at all and I never had hair loss before now! My mental functioning is dreadful. I am behind with everything. Last week I walked out of a shop without paying for something. I feel lost and confused a lot of the time. I put cups of tea in the lounge then ask who I have made them for! Have nearly been run over a few times. Everything is a struggle; I feel fat and balding and fed up. I also somethimes have a muscle spasm in my hand; a thumb twitch and am wondering if this is something else or due to the meds/thyroid. I seem to be having thyroid symptoms due to being on the medication rather than taking meds to stop the symptoms.
I have read that some people transfer Levothyroxine into DHT which can cause male pattern baldness and that Evening Primrose Oil can stop this but I am reluctant to take it as I had a fit twenty years ago after a head injury.
Have got a referral to an endocrinologist but am concerned they won't take me seriously as my dose is only 75mg. Should I ask for a combination of T3 and T4 treatment to help the brain fog? Will this help with my weight gain and hair loss too?
Have read some posts on this forum and it is all very involved and quite baffling to a newbie. Any advice on how to deal with the appointment, what might help my symptoms and how to go about getting it would be extremely helpful. Thanks in advance.