Hi everyone I am new to this site, searching for the solution to my problem! I was diagnosed with underactive thyroid about 15 years ago, levothyrixine didn't help me feel any better I eventually went private and got on Armour thyroid, was on that for many years but intermittently trying levo again at my doctors request,in the end I had to buy the armour from abroad myself as the doctor didn't agree with it at all. Last year I had sudden onset pain all over my body, excruciating, was sent by my doctor for tests etc which took all year, finally started to feel a bit better by August (which looking back I put down to the natural stuff I was doing and the weather, I managed to feel warm by August) last year but then the pain kicked in big time this January, have been for more tests, which show inflammation. I am a naturopath and acupuncturist so have been using various natural ways to reduce inflammation and ease pain but the main problem is alwasy there, freezing cold most of the time, pain all over my body with muscle spasms, fuzzy head, lack of sleep!! Last week I came across research papers for doctor Lowe and fibromyalgia linked to hypothyroid. I thought this is it, this is what I have so I took the research papers to my doctor and asked for t3 and t4 tests, convinced that the t3 would be low but when it came back the t3 was at optimal level and the t4 was below range. I know he will want to put me back on levo but in the past it just hasn't helped!
For a long time while taking the armour I was ok it was never the solution but I felt a bit more normal, it sorted the constipation and some of the energy problems but I never had the pain. When I was first diagnosed my muscles were heavy rather than painful, but I also got more involved with exercise which I think kept my metabolic rate higher, over the years I have been treating myself with food intolerance problems, feeling so tired I could fall asleep anywhere which I also put down to gut problems but I'm now thinking that the armour wasn't really the solution????? I'm really not sure what to do, have been up all night again last night in pain all over, can't live like this! Any advice would be appreciated! Thanks