I'm a 32 year old male who was first diagnosed as Hypothyroid around 18 months ago.
I'd struggled with symptoms from an early age, most noticeably weight gain, and regularly tested as 'borderline' from the ages of 13 until 16 when we (my parents and I), perhaps foolishly, gave up and accepted that maybe I was just a fat child. Fast forward to 18 months ago and, after severe symptoms including a headache for 5 and a half months, a doctor ordered a full set of bloods and diagnosed me with hypothyroidism and started me on 25mcg of Levothyroxine which was increased to 100mcg over the course of 12 months.
I'd always ate well and took regular exercise since struggling with my weight from my pre-teens, but radical dieting, high intensity cardio and, later, the addition of thyroxine, seemed to kickstart my body and I was able to lose around 8 stone in approximately 2 - 2.5 years.
Since April last year, my symptoms seem to have taken on a life of their own. I've gained almost 2 stone in weight, I'm lethargic, severely fatigued, prone to bouts of depression (maybe due to the massive swing in symptoms?) and the brain fog (as I've seen it called on these pages) has worsened. Mental slowness had crept in and bothered me before I recognised any of my symptoms were getting worse, but until I read the words 'brain fog' on this and other thyroid forums, I didn't know how to categorise it. I don't have much in this world, but I've always had my brain and it's frustrating to feel as if I'm losing cognitive function.
I saw a doctor recently to address my worsening symptoms and, after checking TSH, T4 and liver and kidney function (the latter of which had to be repeated), before further investigative blood tests were offered, I was offered counselling and a 'health coach' because maybe I'm stressed or don't realise when I'm eating cake.
I specifically asked for a Free T3 test and after much discussion of budgets, the doctor acquiesced and off I went to have blood drawn.
I received the following results and the doctor has begrudgingly written to an endocrinologist to ask whether he believes I am worth referring. Whilst I'm wary of putting too much faith in the Internet community, I have so little faith in my GPs - I've been passed around and seen/spoken to 6 different GPs at my practice since phoning about my worsening symptoms just over 2 weeks ago - that I'd like to hear some thoughts from fellow sufferers who understand what I'm going through.
Thyroid Function Test:
Serum TSH level: ............................................. 5.3 mu/L
Serum free T4 level: ......................................... 12.9 pmol/L
Serum free T3 level: ........................................ 4.2 pmol/L
Thyroglobulin autoantibodies: ....................... <10 iu/mL
TPO - Anti-Thyroid Peroxidase Antibody: ....... 464 iu/mL
Any feedback/support/advice would be greatly appreciated.
Thank you very much.