I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia ten years ago after two years of constant pain and tiredness, sore throats, hoarse voice etc etc. Until the summer of last year, I survived - but with a much-changed lifestyle - taking the pain killer Meloxicam, Omeprazole to counter its effects, Duloxetine for depression and Amitriptyline to sleep and help with night pains. I take a daily multivitamin.
I then discovered Dr Skinner who diagnosed me with no hesitation (I ticked over 90% of the items on his symptom sheet) as hypothyroid. I miss him dreadfully. I have been on Levothyroxine since first seeing him in July 2013, against the wishes of my GP. Dr Skinner gradually increased my dose of Levo to 100 mcg, which I am on now, again against the wishes of my GP. I am getting less joint and muscle pain - and asthma - and have halved my dose of Meloxicam to 7.5g, but feel constantly exhausted. I need to sleep 12 hours a night and still wake feeling tired. If I go to my GP, he will just tell me I should not be taking levo at all. I eat a wheat, gluten and dairy-free diet. My husband described me yesterday as bed-ridden and I just felt, for his sake at least, that I needed to try and sort this out!
I had some blood tests done in January 2014 by a very unsympathetic endo and asked my surgery for the T4 and TSH to be repeated in June, plus T3, which amazingly they did. Here are the results (all Jan 2014 except where stated):
Iron:15.8 (10-28 umol/L)
Transferrin: 2.50 (2-4 g/L)
Transferrin Sat %: 24
Vit B12: 416 (180-2000 ng/L)
Serum Folate: 16.4 (2.8-20 ug/L)
TSH: 0.71 (Jan) 0.05 (June) (0.2-4.5 mU/L)
Free T4: 12 (Jan) 14 (June) (9-21 pmol/L)
Total T3 : (June) 1.5 (0.9-2.4 nmol/L)
Cortisol: 211 - 539 (nmol/L) over half an hour
250H VitD imm'assay: 72 (nmol/L)
Anti-tTG Iga (DS2): 0.40 (0.1-5.0U/mL)
Please could I have some views on these? Nobody has gone through them with me, except say they are normal apart from the June TSH.
Also: I don't know whether the multivitamins I am taking (Waitrose Love Life A-Z Multivitamins and Minerals are good enough; they only have 27% RDA of magnesium, for example; otherwise most are 100%.
I also do not know if I should increase my Levo from 100mcg to 125 mcg or, if am not converting T4 to inadequately, should I try T3? if so, please could someone PM me with the details of how to source?
Sorry this is such a long post but without Dr Skinner and a sympathetic GP, I feel a bit lost!