Hi all - apologies for the length but I hope you can help.
I was diagnosed in August 2013 with an underactive thyroid following the birth of my son. I had put on 4 stone in my pregnancy that I just couldn't shift no matter what I did and was incredibly anxious/down and lethargic with a lot of head fuzz and hair loss. I also have a long history of general anxiety disorder and have had depression in the past (10 years ago), but haven't suffered from depression recently until my underactive thyroid diagnosis (the anxiety is ongoing).
I was put on 50mg levithyroxine and pushed for a higher dosage as I didn't feel any better after 3 months on the medication. I'm now on 100mg and have been advised by my GP surgery that I'm 'within normal range' but still don't feel right (I'm not sure I even remember what right actually feels like!).
My current symptoms are inability to lose weight, hair loss, low moods, brain fog, high levels of stress/anxiety, quick to anger, constipation and lethargy (I fall asleep on the sofa nearly every night at around 8pm)
I've been back a number of times complaining about lethargy and low moods and not being able to lose weight but the various GPs have all blamed it on my history of anxiety/depression and one GP even told me that I couldn't lose weight because my body "had changed" following the birth of my son and that I was "blaming my thyroid". Her advice to me was to accept my weight gain and quit my job and become a stay at home mother and I'd feel better. She also accused me of 'eating takeaways' due to being tired because of my job/commute/being a mum which is why I couldn't lose weight(!!!!)
Following this appointment back in April, I went on a strictly calorie controlled diet (1200 calories a day) and I've managed to lose 8lbs in 3 months but the weight loss seems to have reached a plateau. I asked for another blood test as my partner and I want to try for another baby - this was done last week and was for TSH, Iron and vitamin D as I was deficient in these in 2013.
Serum TSH Level - 0.99 miu/L (0.38 - 5.5)
Serum vitamin D level - 65.3 nmol/L (>50 nmol/L may be adequate)
Iron Profile 12 umol/L (9.0 - 30.0)
Transferrin saturation index 19% (15.0 - 50.0)
Serum ferritin level 45 ng/mL (22.0 - 322.0)
Yesterday I had a follow up appointment with the one GP at my surgery who I actually think is good and she told me that I was at the low end of the normal range for my TSH and my Iron/Vit D looked fine so wouldn't look to do any further testing due to this despite me explaining my symptoms. I raised the question of taking T3 and/or a referral to an Endo but she said that because my TSH was fine that she wouldn't look to do this. I was also told she'd never heard of T3. I tried to explain to her about the research I'd done and the things I'd been reading about from the various charities/support and this website, but she seemed pretty skeptical and basically told me that I'd have to go private if I wanted more help or more tests. She did promise however to speak to the surgery partners about T3 and would let me know.
I didn't have much hope of hearing back from her but had a call this morning and they're testing my T3 and T4 levels for me and I'll find out tomorrow about those results.
If they come back 'within normal range again' should I go for a private blood test? I really don't think it's mental health issues that are causing these symptoms but my GP surgery thinks I'm in denial. I'm happy to be proven wrong, but I'd rather not take medication that will make my brain even foggier and tried than I feel now.
PS. In addition to the levithyroxine am taking Iron, Vitamin D3, B12, Selenium, Folic Acid and Cod Liver Oil supplements.