A very Happy New Year to everyone first of all.
Well I've managed to get the endo to try me on a course of T3 only, but it was like squeezing blood from a stone to be given this medication! When I look back at the amount of perseverance needed to get this far it's just ridiculous that any of us have to go through so much to be given the opportunity to see if this form of treatment will make us feel any better!
Anyway, I've been taking 40mcg of Liothyronine (no T4) now since 5th November and I hate to say it but for me it's not made a massive difference. My weight has gone down a few pounds and seems to stabilise at about 10st 5lbs instead of it's past high of 10st 10lbs (I'm only 5' 3" so neither of these is good for me really but I'll take 10.5 if I have to!) Also I don't know if I'm imagining it but my eye bags seem to have reduced slightly, which indicates to me that the fluid build up around my eyes has decreased even if only by a minimal amount? My endo has put me forward for the traditional 'chronic fatigue clinic' session (as your average endo seems to do?) but I'll play the game and happily go there as she says they'll test my vitamin levels etc (which was going to be my next concentrated effort on the road to wellness). I truly believe that we need to get our vitamin and mineral levels up and am reading as much as I can about this subject and trying to get it all worked out in my poorly functioning brain. I'm therefore very happy to go along to any clinic they send me to as long as I get more information about the levels of everything going on in my body and then use that information to help me get my body in tune with itself. No-one but me knows how I feel inside, so I just wish my GP and endo would take note of my symptoms and work with me instead of being annoyed that I don't say I'm ok when they fail to give me the correct medication or tests? I'm just a simple person of average intelligence and they are so knowledgable and have the ability to work wonders, but their arrogance and ignorance of the facts when treating hypothyroidism astounds me!
I'm toying with the idea of adding some T4 back in alongside the T3 OR maybe upping my T3 and would welcome any comments in doing that if anyone could offer me advice on that score?