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Self medicating on Armour

I am waiting for my delivery of armour to arrive. I am annoyed that I have had no support and help from my GP, but this site has made me realise I am not alone in this!

Half of my thyroid was removed about 7 years ago, and over that time I have started to display symptoms of hypothyroidism. All the test from the GP come back "normal". The last visit resulted in the Dr wanting to refer me to a well woman's clinic to help me with my low mood! But my low mood is driven by my lack of energy, muscle pain, vertically no eyebrows left and zero energy. But hey I am no Dr so how dare I challenge them!!!!!!!

So I have ordered 30mg tablets of Armour, but am not sure how much to take. Ant help and advise would be great, thank you.

If this works my intention is to go back to the surgery and demand the NHS help me.

BTW, I am a 55 year old lady. Names Sue.

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Do you have a copy of your latest thyroid blood tests with the reference ranges? This would be helpful for members to be able to assess how underactive you are. Have you ever had your iron, ferritin, B12, folate and Vit D checked? Low levels of these can also give symptoms of muscle aches, lack of energy etc and good levels are needed to help with processing of thyroid hormone. They should all be at the top end of the reference range.

Having said all that, I am not doubting your need for help and it is probably fine for you to start very slowly by taking 30mcg a day and see how you feel but I think we would all like to see some thyroid blood tests just to be sure. Sorry to sound cautious but self medicating is always worrying. I do it myself but still wish I could find someone who really knew what was going on in my body!


Thank you for getting back to me, and I will follow your advice. I just hate going to my GP, they are not helpful. But if I go armed with info maybe I'll get more joy


Hi Sue,

Welcome to our forum and we do get frustrated when we appear to be stuck with continuing ill-health particularly as you've had half your thyroid gland removed. The first thing to do is to get a copy of your latest thyroid blood test results with the ranges and post for members to comment. Also if you haven't had a Vitamin B12, Vit D, iron, ferritin and folate ask for these to be done.

This is info from STTM but wait until you have some comments on your blood test results.

In future, when you go for a blood test for your thyroid hormones, do not take medication on the morning of the test, take it afterwards and have it as early as possible.


Where do you purchase Armour online?


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