Hello, this is my second attempt of posting. Hope it goes through this time. I have recently had a Thyroid Ultra scan, and it has been revealed to me that my thyroid has shrunk, is small and more or less given up the ghost. This is the conclusion that myself and my Consultant Radiographer (superb man) came to the agreement about. He said that judging by my history of 20 years hypo and on T4 that my thyroid was now more or less relying on that medication to keep it going. There was nothing untoward in the adjacent lymph nodes, other than it was a smaller shrunk thyroid. He is also sending me for a Barium meal as I said that I had had some choking, swallowing issues, so this is to rule out anything else. Since my last bloods I have started on NDT Natur throid and feeling a lot better. I started on 1 grain and I have now worked up to 2 1/2 grains. I did a blood test with the Endo the day before starting and these are my results:-
TSH 0.35 mU/L (0.35-4.7)
free T4 7.4 pmol/L (7.8-21)
free T3 3.3 pmol/L (3.8-6.00)
Bothe the free T4 and T3 had warning written next to them, but my doctor simply wrote tests organized by Dr .......... Look ok to me and signed it. Right!!!!!!
Then I have received a letter to me via my doctor saying simply ;- I have received the results of your thyroid function test and these indicate that you requirre a higher dose of Levo. Please see your doctor to collect a prescription of 100mcg daily. We will seyou you as planned in 5 months.
Right I was already on 100mcgs!!!! Unbeknown to the Endo as he had lowered me to 50mcgs then upped to 75mcgs but I upped it myself to 100mcgs after feeling dreadful, as I have been taking that dosage for 20 years and lower than that I feel awful. No mention of the low T3.
Judging by results of my Ultra Scan, small shrunk thyroid and the upping and downing of synthetic T4 and T3 I took the bull by the horn and started NDT. Now the scare I have is that I go it without prescription, and I need to reorder but this time 3 grains, and the site says it is out of stock until November 2015. I then was intending to do my bloods after 6 weeks. Been on NDT since 25 February. I would welcome all advise and help. Like I say feeling ok on NDT and looking after all my Vits and Minerals, all checked and will ask for recheck. I need to know (within posing rules) help for my Nature throid 3 grains please. Any information would be gratefully appreciated.