Good afternoon one and all!
I thought it was about time I let you know about my success story. First, I must say that it is because of this site that I am well - without the knowledge and friendship I found here I honestly do not know where I would be now.
I am now 62, and have had weight issues all my life, always suspecting thyroid probs, but always being told that my results were the "N" word.......normal. At Christmas 2013, I just went downhill, couldn't stay awake, piled on weight where I had been the same weight for years - yeah, still overweight, but the same weight. I had most of the symptoms, as I later found out, particularly uncomfortable one was a psoriasis that was on my palms.
I went to the Docs and gave him a list of my symptoms. He asked if there were thyroid issues in my family, and the light went on. I had the blood test, and guess what - normal. I was so upset I went on a search and found Thyroid Uk, and that was the best thing I could have done. I insisted on more blood tests, which were not allowed, so did my own privately very early in the morning and Bingo - there it was TSH over 5. I got Doc Peatfields book and read it from front to cover. There and then I decided that I was not going the synthetic route with Levo, and I wanted the real deal with NDT. To begin that process I went to see the Doc in Winchester, and he prescribed an initial dose which had an immediate effect. He doubled that dose after a couple of months, and then I wrote a lengthy letter to my GP, explaining why I wanted NDT and he prescribed it!!!!!!! I have experimented with the dose and now find that 2 1/2 (and a half) grains seems to suit me best - anything over that I start to get a fine tremble. I take it as I get into bed at night. Touch wood, I am well, the weight has evened out, the brain fog has gone, the hair has mostly returned, and the very nasty "palmoplanter pustulosis" which a dermotoligist (skin person) told me last Christmas that I would have to live with, has all but gone too. So I suppose it has taken me approximately 18 months to get this far into recovery - the thought of feeling like that for the rest of my life was like looking at a prison sentance. Don't give up hope - just get determined!!
Lots of Love to all