Hi I am having a dilema and wanted to use the comminity here for advice on what I should do. (see previous posts ("Consistently high tsh results" and "Consistently high tsh results gp update" ) for background.
Options I have:
1. Start supplementing T3 bought online and self medicating.
Pro: something that would be relatively easy to start and use symptoms to guide me to the correct dose. also well documented in threads here to follow.
Con: could deter endo to help me if I have decided to self medicate - something I can't maintain forever.
2. Start NDT bought online and self medicating, and reducing T4.
Pro: Seems to be the concensus that this might be the best option, also some of the vitimins are supplemented with the extract as well as T3 and T4.
Con: working out very expensive and probably doing it all with support group guidence only rather than GP so no blood testing till levels are right, unless I pay.
3. Start additional supplements of folate, ferritin, B12 and selenium
Pro: could help the T4 to T3 conversion assuming that deficiency in 1 or all of these are the result of my continuing symptoms.
Con: could muddy the waters if levels haven't settled by the time I have to see endo. also working out very expensive and probably doing it all blind as I don't have the support of GP for repeat monthly testing till levels are right.
4. Wait until I eventually see addenbrookes endo.
Pro: Endo will have full clear picture.
Con: Fell really terrible till I get to see him and potentially not even resolved in first visit if he doesn't agree immediately that something needs to be done and treat me holistically rather than refer back to gp to treat individual symptoms (this has been my experience in the past with other endos)