•I'm 58, male and live in the UK. 5ft 10in. 13 stone 5lbs (187Ibs)
•Originally diagnosed with hyperthyroidism (Graves disease) in my early 20's.
•Took Carbimazole for about 15 years and then in 1995 had radioiodine treatment - went hypothyroid.
•After a period of adjusting the dosage, having regular TFT's - (I believe the Thyroid Function Tests in those days were TSH, FT4 & FT3) – was put on 150 mcg Thyroxine for about 15 years (always the same packaging, so probably same manufacturer) and when it became Levothyroxine about 5 years ago, there seems to been many different manufacturers, as packaging keeps changing.
•Tested annually and assumed (wrongly) I was having the TFT test but on the last test discovered it was TSH only.
•Always “normal” – but comment this year from Doctor “we might be over medicating you”.
•Result last 6 years now discovered was TSH - 2010 2.0, 2011 1.4, 2012 1.3, 2013 1.2, 2014 0.86, 2015 0.44. Hence comment from doctor.
•Added about 14Ibs weight over last 10 years despite good diet and exercise.
•Health OK except diagnosed with “chronic idiopathic urticarial” – basically a rash and nobody knows why. Started about 5 years ago. Some months fine and others flares up. Research suggested could be different manufacturer’s fillers? As previously “normal” not thought the rash was Levothyroxine related before now.
•Doctor unable to prescribe anything else other than Levothyroxine, reluctant to refer to endocrinologist and would only test TSH. So went private. He prescribed Purified Thyroxine in Calcium Phosphate to see if rash abates. Should get these tablets this week.
•Having read this forum and the book “Stop the Thyroid Madness” since seeing the specialist, I would like to try NDT when I see him again next month. Not sure whether NHS will pick up the ongoing bill, but they have for 28 tablets of the Purified Thyroxine which cost £300!
•Decided to get proper blood results as a base for future reference and guidance from you kind people on this forum.
•The blood results received today are:
Test Patient Result Normal Range Units
CRP 1.80 <3.0 mg/L
Ferritin 100.5 30 – 400 ug/L
Free T4 22.42 12 - 22 pmol/L
Free T3 4.85 3.1 - 6.8 pmol/L
TSH 0.27 0.27 - 4.20 IU/L
T4 Total 142.9 64.5 - 142.0 nmol/L
Anti-Thyroidperoxidase abs 14.2 <34 kIU/L
Anti-Thyroglobulin Abs 28.7 <115 kU/L
Vitamin B12 270 142 - 725 pmol/L
Serum Folate 15.73 10.4 - 42.4 nmol/L
I would really appreciate your comments please and any guidance gratefully received.