I'm new to the forum but have been hypothyroid for several years.
I have only recently discovered this forum and realised how important the thyroid is.
I was completely led to believe that being hypothyroid wasn't a problem by my GP. 'Oh your thyroid is low take levotjyroxine and all will be well. So blasé that for years I hadn't even done any research stupidly!
A friend recently gave me a book and I was so shocked by what I read.
When you are first diagnosed there should be a leaflet explaining the thyroid and all the symptoms you may have and just how important it is. I am going to start a lobby for this!
For years I have felt so unwell and have pretty much all the symptoms the most alarming being being my cholesterol as was always 3.2 and is now 6! (Last check anyway) and my brain function is so bad at times I thought I must be already going senile at 49! You start to feel like you are a hypochondriac as you know you feel so ill but it is just ignored and you are told there's nothing wrong with you.
I'm off for bloods and will insist my T3 levels are done as until recently I had now idea about them.
I feel so stupid I didn't research sooner but then if the medical profession didn't play it down so much, it's like they are trying to hide it.
I will post my bloods on and if anyone could help me decipher them I would be very grateful. I also am going to find an endocrinologist if anyone knows of a good one I'm the SW of England.