Hello, I would appreciate some advice as GP is not being helpful. Since 2011 my health has declined and I eventually got a diagnosis of subclinical hypothyroidism. Here is my treatment journey/results since March 2014.
March 2014 - I had many of the symptoms (fatigue, brain fog, aching arms, sensitivity to cold, hair loss, insomnia, sinus problems, can't lose weight, allergies, sensitive to noise etc). I am 43 year old woman.
Blood results (which do not solely relate to thyroid, lab ranges and comments):
Thyroid peroxidase anti antibody level 345 IU/ml (likely to become overtly hypothyroid) <100 (
Zinc 19.6 umol/L 11.00-23.00 umol/L
ANA HEP2 Weak positive (weak antinuclear antibody of doubtful clinical significance)
Full Blood count - normal
TSH level 7.2 mU/L 0.27 - 4.20mU/L
Serum free T4 level 14.9 pmol/L 12.00 - 22 pmol/L
Serum FSH 7.5 IU/L
Serum prolactin 170 mU/L 0.00-700mU/L
Serum testosterone 1.1 nmol/L
Serum ferritn 83 ug/L 16.00 - 445.00ug/L
At this time I was placed on 100mg Levothryoxine. I saw a kinesiologist and supplemented with:
Beta Glucan Immune Complex
I stopped eating gluten, dairy and sugar (except Agarve) and soya. I have not eaten meat for 25 years.
After taking T4 my energy levels increased, brain fog lifted and the ache in my arms disappeared but the other symptoms continued.
On the 6th May, I was re-tested as follows:
Thyroid peroxidase antibody levels 313IU
Serum TSH level level 0.060 mU/L 0.27 - 4.20mU/L
Serum free T4 28.4 pmol/L 12.00 - 22.00pmol/L
My Levothyroxine was reduced to 50mg
On 23 June I was tested:
Full blood count - Normal
Serum Vitamin B12 404pg/mL 180.00 - 900.00pg/mL
Serum folate >20.0 ug/L 4.40 - 20.00ug/L
Serum TSH level 0.95mU/L 0.27 - 4.20mU/L
My hair continues to fall out, I feel sensitive to the cold/noise, dry skin, can't lose weight. My GP has said "we have reached the end of the road with your thyroid" and when I argued for testing for T3 she screwed up her nose and replied "well it depends on if you believe all the stuff you read." I pushed for a referral to see an endrocrinologist. My GP has said she would do this, and added "what happens normally depends on what I write in the referral so don't get your hopes up." With all this in mind I am thinking of going private. Hypthothyroidism, rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes and gall bladder problems run in my family. I have also struggled with stress over the years. I am wondering if I have Hashimoto's, am aware I need to get T3 free and perhaps reverse T3 checked and adrenals. Any other advice or comments on my results or next steps would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.