I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism in 2008, by TSH level only,after at least two years of symptoms, illness and two sinus ops,that my then GP put down to my age,the menopause,my work etc. A truly miserable and debilitating time. I started on 25mcg Levo which increased to 50, then after about five years to 75 and then 100. Then the inevitable happened,TSH became 0.35 so was told to reduce levels. Now after one and a half years TSH is 1.91 I have gained 10kg, terrible skin problems,which are made worse if the Levo is increased,no energy etc etc. all very difficult when you still work full time aged 60.
I made a decision recently to reclaim my health,so went to see Dr P. The meds he suggested for me,Nutri Adrenal and Nutri Thyroid are not really helping. The Nutri Thyroid made me feel ill the other day, as if my throat was closing over. I have discussed all with my GP and persuaded her to do bloods as suggested on here. Have tried before to get T3 tested,but lab returned it saying no need as TSH level within range! Outrageous that they ignore the GP's request. This time they were sent to a different hospital,and were done.....all except the antibodies! Not helpful when I am certain I have Hashi's as have been intolerant to wheat and gluten for years,plus other issues like IBS/ diverticulitis,repeated shingles, acne,carpal tunnel,joint pain if I eat the wrong things,weight gain and no energy,all when supposedly taking miracle meds Levo!!
Bloods were as follows:-
Serum cortisol 474 nmol/L. (150.00-720.00nmol/L)
Serum free T3. 4.0 pmol/L. (2.80-7.10 pmol/L)
Serum free T4. 19.1 pmol/L. (9.00-26.00pmol/L)
SerumTSH level 1.91 mu/L. (0.27-4.20mu/L)
Vit D. 69nmol/L. (>50.00nmol/L
B12. 513ng/L. (191.00-663.00ng/L
Folate. 10.0 ug/L. (4.60-18.70ug/L)
Ferritin. 82ug/L. (15.00-350.00ugL)
Calcium. 2.24. (2.10-2 .58mmol/L)
Albumin. 47g/L. (35.00-50.00g/L)
Magnesium. 0.86 mmol/L (0.70-1.00mmol/L
Any comments on the above bloods will be gratefully received. I already know I need the antibody tests.
I was referred to a Dermatologist last year who did a biopsy which came back as "skin problems related to auto immune disease" .,and he wrote to my GP suggesting I change meds ( on my advice to him,which he agreed with) My GP said Liiothyrionine very expensive,and would have to check with her practise over this. Hence my visit to Dr P. GP now agreeing to refer me to an Endo for diagnosis,and I have asked for "sensitive" ones names on this forum,thank you. Will see Dr B in June now,but feel totally disillusioned my health will ever get on an even keel again.
Thanks for reading.