I was diagnosed hypothyroid last October with a TSH result of 7.03 (range 0.27-4.2) and what I think were results for t3 and t4 of 2.88 (range 1.8- 4.6) and 1.2 (range 0.7 - 1.8) respectively. I'm not certain about the last 2 as my printout is in Catalan (I live in Spain) and I only speak spanish. I also had raised Cholesterol 243 in a range of 180 - 240, very different from the UK range, I know!
My Dr put me on 50 mcg of levothyroxine and told me to come back in 3 months. I felt very much better at first. In January I had the TSH test again - result 1.72 ( same 0.27 - 4.2 range). Nothing else was tested. The Dr told me to continue with the same dose and return in July.
Although I am much improved I still have some symptoms. My hair is falling out and my skin is very dry. I don't have as much energy as I would like and I suffer terribly from insomnia. Before taking the levo I had a really sore and swollen throat. This went almost immediately I started the tablets but now it comes back once in a while. I tried talking to the Dr about it but he dismissed it. He also told me the high cholesterol was unrelated and to eat less fat.
So I've been following the posts on this site and doing some reading and I wonder if I should be taking supplements? I've read that adrenal support can help and I've seen some Nutri Advance tablets which claim to do this. The reason I've latched on to this idea is because I've suffered from a number of auto-immune problems for years - hypoglycemia, IBS and asthma. I've managed to keep them in check with probiotics and a low GI diet. I eat pretty well, little caffeine, lots of fruit and veg, not too much red meat etc. I've always thought I should be able to get everything I need from my diet but now I'm just not sure. I also wonder about selenium? I've seen tablets claiming to be thyroid support but these contain iodine and I'm wary of messing about with that.
My mother is also hypothyroid and claims to have been happy on levo for decades. Unfortunately she has exhibited symptoms during that time - such as irritability and extreme sensitivity to cold, which make me think she hasn't been treated correctly either.
I would welcome any thoughts or advice please.