I'm new here and just wondered if anyone could offer advice on what I can do next. I was diagnosed Hypothyroid in February after insisting that I had a physical problem and not depression!! I was started on a very low dose of Levothyroxine 25mcg for three months. Initially I felt there was an improvement in the middle of that period but soon went back to feeling as rotten as I had been. The dose was upped to 50mcg two months ago and I didn't really notice any improvement.
I visited the doctors this week for the result of my latest tests and was told that I'm perfectly normal on 50mcg and that the symptoms don't matter because the test says as far as my body is concerned I'm at the normal level. The doctor (who isn't the one I HAD been seeing as he has left) laughingly told me that because I had been working on low levels for a long time it would take a long time for the levo to work fully but seemed to thing the 50mcg was my first dose ( I had to tell him it's been nearly six months since diagnosis), he still insisted things will feel better eventually I have to give it time.
I'm so unhappy and frustrated because I feel like his attitude has totally invalidated all of the problems my poor partner and family are hearing me complain about. It feels like if the blood tests are normal this utter exhaustion must just be in my head. I know I'm not imagining the constipation and bloating or the hair thinning ( more on my brush than on my head every time I touch it) but I just feel like I don't know where to go with this.
I also asked him about Addisons as I have some seriously dodgy skin pigmentation going on under my upper arm but he actually laughed outright and told me he could see by looking at me that I don't have Addisons. Everything he said contradicted what I have read about it (I googled, cross referencing variations on thyroid and skin pigmentation cos it's been there consistently since I was diagnosed and used to come and go before that). He said that the pigmentation would be all over my body, which isn't what I've read. He also said that because my sitting blood pressure was ok at that point he didn't need to measure it when I stood up.
Goodness knows I don't want to GIVE myself Addisons but a lot of the symptoms are the same and I have some of the others (thirst, frequent urination, salt craving, dizziness) and I've read that Hypothyroid can mask these. I assume that because I have put some weight on with Hypo rather than losing it as Addisons would do he doesn't think it can be Addisons - but couldn't they be balancing each other out? I probably have put on less weight than some people report and wondered if it could be the two working against each other (although the weight I've put on certainly won't shift).
I'm sorry this has been a big moany ramble, it's just that I was actually excited when I was diagnosed, I knew it would be a while to get the right dose but I was excited to feel better when we got there. Now I'm apparently at my optimal dose and many of my symptoms are no better! I just want to cry because I feel rotten, I feel like no-one thinks I should cos my TSH is normal at 1.14 and that I'm never going to feel better because nothing else is going to be done.