Well, I followed my action plan and went to see my GP yesterday for the result of the scan on my neck. The GP said it had come back normal, so the previous GP who suspected a Goitre was wrong, I had asked previously for a trial of Levo but this doc said to wait until after the scan. I asked if I could now have the trial, and she very reluctantly proposed a 4 week trial giving a bit of a lecture on how it is not usually given out to 'borderline' patients like me, and how I needed to be aware it could potentially make me more ill by sending me in to hyperthyroidism. I brought out my Thyroid UK check list of all my symptoms, with the ones which bother me the most highlighted in yellow highlighter pen such as puffy pale face, loss of libido, loss of body hair, ankle pain, brain fog and weight gain, and also the book by Dr Toft - both strategies suggested by the helpful 'Throidies on this site. It was like pulling teeth but eventually I wore her down and she finally agreed to a 6 week trial with a blood test at the end to see what affect it has on my results. Anyway, when I went to collect the script which was sent electronically to my local Chemist, I had a surprise - she had sent 2 scripts - both for 6 weeks worth of Levo. As they are only 25mg doses, I am trying taking 2 daily to make the regular start dose of 50mgs. Even the leaflet in the box says the usual start dose is between 50mg and 100mg - the lower being for petite or elderly patients. Well I am 53 years old but not petite so I think the 50mg dose should be OK. I am not sure if this is what she intended but I think it would probably be pretty pointless taking 25mgs a day, what do you more experienced 'Throidies think?
I took my first 50mg dose last night, and I took the venlafaxine and my supplements which were also advised by one of the knowledgeable members Grey Goose - whose advise is always excellent. I am taking Natrol Liquid Iron, which is all natural ingredients with iron and b vitamins, and also Solgar Vit. D3 25 ug/(1000iu) soft gel caps, Higher Nature Premium Naturals Vitamin K2, Solgar Calcium Magnesium plus Boron, Swanson Zinc Picolinate 22mg, some additional B12 (SYNVIT® Vitamin B-12 1000ug high strength Sublingual) as the NLI does not have the level suggested, and Vega Iron (Bisglycinate) 50mg Non-Constipating because the NLI is also not quite as high a dose as suggested all these were taken with breakfast.
I took my basal temperature this morning and it was the highest it has been for weeks. It had mostly been 35.6c but this morning it was 36.1c, so far I feel no different except I don't think my eyesight is quite as blurred