Hi, I am 46 and have been on thyroxine for a year and a half now as I had a reading of 79 and went into a bit of a coma one weekend, ooops!!
the doctors gave me the tablets and told me that would work and make me feel better as thousands of people have thyroid problems and Levo sorts it out completely (in other words go away and don't make a fuss) hair was falling out, I put on 2 stone in a month, scaly skin, oedema, voice so deep I sounded like a man, could not string two words together without having to think about it or sounding like I was drunk etc etc
I am currently on 125mg a day, I have been having regular blood tests at my GP's and only after having them for a year did the doctor tell me not to take my medicines before the tests, which i did for my last test.
my last reading was TSH 0.06 T4 16.1. I asked for a T3 test as I have never been given one and this came back as 3.8 but our local lab levels are from 2.9 - 5.9 so doc says that is OK, although thyroid UK says levels should be 4.0 - 5.5??
The doctor says that I am over medicated, although I feel ok to get through the day, I just do not have any reserves and every few days just have to lay down or I start slurring, which I am sure people think I am drunk, but I am not.
I have never been referred to an endocrinologist and today I asked the doctor if there was any reason why I cannot take a mixture of T3 and T4 as, from reading a lot on the internet, this has had good results. He says he cannot prescribe unless and Endo gives permission, but I have never been referred!!!
Does anyone take a combination and if so, how did you get it prescribed, also, I have heard that Armour is very good, can you buy it in the UK and do you have to have a prescription for it from your doctor or can they go by the Levothyroxine prescription?
sorry to blab on, but, as you may ascertain, I am a little disappointed with the system.