Hi, I am new here so please bare with me while I get used to how everything works. I'm new to the condition too, so not clued up with what's what.
I have suffered for years, at least since the birth of my child in 2010, with terrible fatigue, severe anxiety & panic, hair loss, joint pain, freezing cold, recurrent infections etc etc, the list is endless.. And was always told I was 'developing' an under active thyroid and my problems were put down to already suffering mental health problems.
Anyway, after feeling close to death over the past year or more, my doctor started me on levothyroxine 25, which was upped to 50 6 weeks ago, and I'm due my next set of bloods next week.
My last lot were:
Took my levothyroxine as normal on day of test
Tsh 5.20 (range 0.35-5.00 U)
Free t4 14.5 (range 9.0-21.0 U)
Tpo Ab 136.8 (range <<6.0 U)
Should I be abstaining from taking my levothyroxine on the day of blood test, and take it afterwards instead. Does the meds mask real Tsh levels? Will not taking this give a clearer picture?
I have been on this medication for around 12 weeks and apart from a tiny tiny barely noticeable little bit of energy, I do not feel any better and still suffering all of my symptoms and barely functioning.
My b12 was low last year, I had 5 pills a day for a few months then just been told it's low again and now on more pills and I think being tested for pernicious anaemia this time round.
Thanks in advance for any input and advice