I have recently been diagnosed with auto immune problem Hypothyroid. I had a number of symptoms but facial dry skin flares were unusual to me and bothered me along with some menstrual changes. GP told me (I'm 46) it was probably that time in life...! I asked for bloods and my TSH levels were 5/6. After doing research online I later asked for more tests (took a long time to get permissions) They turned out like this:-
Vit D - 24
Ferratin /iron - 25
Oestrogn - 1718
Progesterone - 5
Cortisol (9am) 388 and then again was 300
TPO - 966
Free t4 - 11.2
Celiac - negative
H-Pylori - negative
B12 - normal
With other blood serums and folate in normal range. Liver function ok.
So the bio chemist did not think anything unusual with the cortisol although it was nearly half of the cut off point. Knowing I've had a stressful ten years or so and five years of that with a child with sick health due to lack of NHS accurate diagnosis - rendering four consistent night on night loss of sleep, a bankruptcy, loss of job, loss of home, loss of business and income, skipped meals, poor diet, moving home 5 times in 3 years... 2 years with parents with child and so forth its been challenging to say the least.
My father aged 84 has Hashimotos about ten years now but no great symptoms, and has been on levothyroxin ten years. A retired Dr is used to medicating anything. However I have lost half an eyebrow, know my stomach acid has been low, acid reflux, know the exhaustion and fatigue has been there for years, have had a pale puffy face and loosing collagen in the skin around and under my jawline, weight gain around the abdomen and skin areas, hair thinning and dried out a lot, eyes fuzzy and sometimes feeling sore, red and dry creating blurry vision.
The GPs haven't given any answers other than, you are subclinical, expect it to get worse, here's medication if you want it.. and book in to see and endocrinologist in 3 months (soonest poss) to do some more cortisol tests... we're not really sure what causes it, or what else you can do but there is no cure... That's it.
So, after reading as much as I could on line I have made dietary changes by eliminating dairy, soy and wheat/gluten, alcohol, caffeine, no exposure to cigarettes (wasn't really a smoker but on occasion in last year had had occasional cigarette), eating whole foods and organic and trying a bit of protein in every meal, and avoiding blood sugars dipping where possible... also taking Selenium, Zinc, Vit D, Vit C, Iron, Adrenal Support, Pro Biotics, L Glutamine, L Acytel, Magnesium - was taking THyrocin but read that Iodine support can be unhelpful - Can't avoid the stress but am doing my best. Also visited a homeopath and booking in with an osteopath for massage and possibly an acupuncturist.
I understand that everyone's Hashimotos is or likely to be slightly different but the above input is on the whole good for all.... although the dietary change is hard its something I'm committed to as I've given myself 3 months to see improvements although I am not expecting them to be huge and may end up taking Levothyroxin if the symptoms are severe still whilst trying to progress a natural and complementary course of action.
Its very hard as its quite a lonely road with few people understanding the lethargy, depression, flare ups, and so forth. I understand that estrogen dominance can cause too much thyroid binding globulin which retains active T3. I've also understood that poor adrenal function can reduce progesterone causing a pregnenolone steal from cortisol which too will create an imbalance.
Its a bit of a mine field - and I'm really asking anyone out there for their advice or opinion on whether I should take Levothyroxin or if there's something I'm missing out on doing - and if anyone has had similar results and managed to reduce inflammation and TSH successfully? I'm awaiting final blood panel this week which will finally give me T3 results and I am also sending off hair for mineral analysis and food sensitivity.
Amazing that the GPs don't hand you a booklet from diagnosis that isn't big pharma biased, that actually allows you to make informed decisions and support the overall picture better... as I read on many blogs that although people are on the medication they don't always see a great improvement in symptoms and the auto immune problems obviously remain and can continue to cause tissue destruction. I do hope over time someone sets up a clinic dedicated to this condition where people can get help... as the private and GP system really don't seem to offer it.