I’ve been on levothyroxine for 18 months now. My dose has gone up gradually from 75mcg to 150mcg. There’s been lots of negotiation with the GP. He’d prefer me to still be on 75mcg because he doesn’t like my suppressed TSH, but it was suppressed when my FT4 was only 14 (9-26)! When last tested in November it was 19.3 (9-26) so I treated myself to another 25mxg to bring me up to the 150mcg. I don't feel any different, but I can see a difference in my finger nails and I am growing some more hair.
All in all I feel pretty well. I’ve shopped and catered and stressed about Christmas as Mums do, and survived. We did a five mile walk on Christmas Day and a nine mile walk yesterday, so no energy problems and lots of benefits. I’m generally getting lots of exercise, cycling 20 miles a week at least.
But – there’s always a but. How can I get the last 10%?
I would like a complete set of eyebrows and I would like my hair back please. It grew back in abundance when I first started levothyroxine, and then half of it fell out again. Weirdly, when it grows back, it’s wavy.
I'd like my memory back too.
Finally, I’d like the rest of the weight off. I lost 20lbs when I first went on levothyroxine, but then the weight loss just stopped. I’ve been on a plateau for over a year now and nothing is making any difference. I’ve tried 5:2 for three months – nothing. The other things that have not made a difference are low carb, giving up alcohol for a month, giving up chocolate and alcohol for Lent. I even tried the Zest for Life eating plan and came out heavier than I went in. According to the NHS, I’m still overweight and 14/16 instead of the 10/12 I was when all this started.
Vits and mins are all good. Ferritin just over 100 at the last count, vitamin D over 100, vitamin B12 and folate at the tops of their ranges.
Any ideas or suggestions? I'd be wary of adding T3 because I was on T3 only for two nightmare years when I had a horrible mixture of symptoms.