I had a baby 15 months ago which brought on Hashimotos's disease. I was really poorly and had every underactive thyroid symptom going and do feel a lot better now but I put on about a stone and a half in weight in a very short space of time and I just can't shift it. Last month as a test I bought some really strong appetite suppressants so that I could cut my calories down to 1,200 calories a day which I did for 3 weeks and I still didn't lose a single pound. Previous to this I've tried every diet from the 5:2 through to Atkins and I neither lose weight or gain weight, I just stay exactly the same!!
I've been to the doctors on a number of occasions, had loads of blood tests for kidneys, liver, cortisol and everything comes back normal. I'm sure that it must be my T3 but the hospital have refused to test my free T3 as my TSH is fine now. I told my doctor that I wanted to be referred to a private endo and pay for the test to be done but she won't refer me as she's worried that they'll prescribe the T3 cytomel drugs and thinks that they're dangerous and doesn't want me to have them. 10 months on and I'm at desperation point and am thinking of taking matters into my own hands and ordering them off the internet myself (I know that you'll probably tell me that this is stupid) but my doctor has scared me a bit. I'm so fed up of trying so hard to lose the weight and nothing at all seems to work, I'm really not stupid and know how to eat sensibly and exercise but it's just not working.
I'd be grateful for advice from anyone in a similar position who's taken Cytomel and if they had any side effects. If this was prescribed or advice on if I can pay to get a free T3 blood test without a referral from my doctor.