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Help do I need medication?

Hi I am new to this site but wonder if anyone can enlighten me. 10 years ago whilst pregnant with my son, at antenatal check up, hospital asked me how long I had been on a Thyroxine, I said I wasn't on Thyroxine and they said "we'll you should be". I refused to take medication whilst pregnant but they monitored me during pregnancy and after. After pregnancy thyroid was apparently ok. Back in March this year, I had a blood test done and the doctor said my Cholesterol was high and my thyroid was playing up. (T4 9.8) (TSH 2.98).

In July this year, went on holiday and my hair started falling out. I went to the doctors she prescribed me with a steroid liquid and sent me for a blood test. My (T4 11) (TSH 3.65). I returned to the doctors this week as my hair is still falling out and she has told me my thyroid results are fine.

Over past couple of years, i have had a few issues (ie heart palpitations where I was put on beta blockers) and some sort of attack that left me partially numb and burning down my left side of torso and leg. Could all this be thyroid related, and where do I go from here?

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Welcome to the site and thank you for posting your results. Its better if you can always quote the ranges as well as they differ from lab to lab but it looks as though there is room for improvement. Cholesterol being in the high side and hair falling out are symptoms of being hypothyroid. If you look on the Thyroid UK site there is a lot of information and a list of symptoms. Its a pretty long list and I feel sure you will find some more that you can tick. Print it off and tick those relevant to you then talk to your GP and ask if you can have a Thyroid test for TSH, FT4 and FT3 ( you may only get the TSH -labs not very helpful even when GP's ask for them) then let us know your results and we can then best advise you what to do next. Just spotted your results are recent and GP says you are fine so that's not unusual either. Again ticks on the list and ask if you can trial Levothyroxine to see if it helps your symptoms. Most people feel better with a TSH nearer 1 and medication will/should bring your level down. Read the info and any questions please ask for help so you are better informed when you see your doctor


I'm not surprised your antenatal team said you should be on Thyroxine. There is an increased risk of miscarriage with TSH over 2. Fertility clinics routinely test the TSH of their female patients.


I would just like to say that thyroid hormone replacement isn't 'medication' as such. It's not like an aspirin or a beta blocker or anything that can do you harm. It treated with respect (no over-dosing!) it can only do you good.

Thyroxine is a hormone, not a chemical, and it just replaces the hormone that your body can no-longer make for itself. Don't be afraid of it, embrace it as something you need to make you well.

Hugs, Grey


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