My 91 year old mother had a thyroid test at end of October 2015 showing low T3 below range..... serum free T4 level 16.2 (12-22), serum free T3 2.6 (3.1-6.8) and serum TSH 2.25 (0.3-4.2).
I showed the results to Dr P when I visited for my own appointment and he said that she should be prescribed additional T3 to her 100mcg levothyroxine. I wrote a letter to her doctor and couldn't get an appointment before Christmas. I then spoke to another doctor who said that it would have to go to her original doctor. I finally spoke to her original doctor and she now has to see an endocrinologist, a letter will be sent to the endo, then a letter back, then maybe an appointment. The trouble is my Mum is getting more and more fatigued and her brain fog is increasing, and today I found her in bed and she wouldn't get up, she said she felt it was the middle of the night and went back to sleep. I also noticed that she had sleep apnea, she stopped breathing for a while then a big gasp. I feel as though I am banging my head against a brick wall with these doctors and they just won't listen and drag their heals passing it onto others. I myself have gone onto NDT 6 weeks ago getting Thiroyd from Thailand myself, I feel so much better, more energy, not falling asleep during the afternoon. Has anyone got any ideas, I believe I can only get T3 on prescription here in the UK. Mum has been on levothyroxine for at least 25 years now, she has aches and pains, muscle weakness, brain fog. Although she was diagnosed with dementia 3 months ago it feels as though she has been written off. She can remember things from years ago but her short term memory is bad and is getting confused now. I am at my wits end. Her B12 in June 2015 was 1325 (197-866), Mum takes vit D 5000iu every other day and has been for years along with a good multi vitamin, selenium, etc. I don't know what to do now, its a shame Dr P can't issue prescriptions, or does anyone know an endo in the south of England, I would gladly pay to see an endo who would prescribe T3. I am even considering the NDT, it worked for me multidosing but the problem lies in Mum remembering to take it. x