Sorry the post is so long but wanted to give you the full history!
I started with underactive thyroid about 10 years ago and was treated with thyroxine.
Four years ago I started to get swellings in my clavicular area, armpits and groin and was in considerable pain and could not do anything physical.
My GP tried various treatments from water tablets to anti inflammatory tablets with no success. After a year of pain I was dismissed by an endo at BUPA as nothing to do with thyroid.
I heard about Dr P and he cured me with Nutri adrenal and Nutri thyroid, my swellings and the pain disappeared and I was able to exercise again.
My GP retired and early this year my new GP after seeing my blood levels instructed me to stop taking thyroxine and Nutri thyroid. Levels were FT4 34.2 (12.0-22.0) TSH <0.05 (0.30-4.20), FT3 not tested but on prior test was 7.7 (4.0 – 6.8). After a week I got him to put me back on thyroxine but all the swellings and pain came back.
After a couple of moths of suffering I went to see another endo on BUPA who did various tests and tried T3 and T4 but I showed no sign of improvement. He then put me on Armour FINALLY and pain and swellings started to improve. As soon as you start on NDT you are not covered by BUPA policy so now it is costing me a fortune!
After finally getting to 2 grains of Armour my first blood results were FT3 4.8 (4.0 - 6.80), FT4 12.3 (12.0 – 22.0), TSH 0.11 (0.3- 4.20) but I had taken Armour the day before the blood test.
I am not perfect and still struggle to exercise so for the next test I did not take the medication for 2 days before (did not tell the endo this) and my bloods are now:
FT3 3.5 (4.0 - 6.80), FT4 11.4 (12.0 – 22.0), TSH 0.27 (0.3- 4.20)
I was hoping the endo would increase to 2.5 grains but he says he will not as my TSH reading is better. I am seeing him again in January, should I not take for 3 days before bloods?
I was after advice as I have some from USA should I increase to 2.5 or try and persuade endo to increase? I am tempted to stop going and self medicate in the future but don’t want to put myself at risk.