Me again! I have now been taking my B12 complex and B12 lozenges for 2 weeks and have also changed my Levothyroxine to night time about 3-4 hours after any food. I keep expecting to have a sudden burst of energy or feel better one morning, but it doesn't seem to be happening!!
I think the worst thing for me seems to be my low mood, crying and insecure feelings - this really is not what I am normally like. Any tips/strategies for getting out of these low moods would be gratefully received.
I have started my gluten free diet this week,
I have now received my letter from the Endo that I went to see before Christmas and he has stated that I have Hashitoxicosis and he feels that although my GP suggested antidepressants, he feels that I can manage on my own , which I was quite happy about as everything that I have read seems to point to not taking antidepressants. My Endo also advised me that the reason my Levo is not working, is because he feels that all of my symptoms are nothing to do with my Thyroid. (although not really sure what he thinks that they are due to!!)
After reading so much literature and trying to educate myself about the condition, I seem to go through phases of 'I will beat this', to 'this is completely unbeatable'!!
Anyway, the things that I need to ask my GP to do at my next appointment:
* Test for Ferritin
* Test for Vitamin D
* Not going to ask about test for Gluten as I was going to go gluten free anyway.
* I understand that TSH levels should be around 1 for optimal health - so as mine were higher than this previously, I should ask for a rise to 75mcg
* My TPO levels should be within normal range but as they were 416, apart from Gluten free diet, should I be doing anything else to reduce these?
I also have a question - If my antibodies are killing my thyroid and I have Hashitoxicosis which is causing a swing from Hypo to Hyper from one hour/day/week to the next - rather than slowing down the process of killing off my thyroid and spending x amount of years waiting for it to be killed off completely, why don't we speed up the process of killing off the thyroids so that the swings from hypo to hyper are over quicker then the Levo that I would be taking would be the exact dose for my constant levels which may level out my mood swings?? Or is having the thyroid removed completely a much better option?
I'm sure there may be very good reasons for not doing this, but it seems strange that we have to spend a long period of time trying to get everything so finely balanced and after all that I have read, it is a bit daunting to think that they may never be balanced.
Incidentally, how long does it normally take for the thyroid to die off completely?
Finally, could you please remind me what the optimal range for T3 and T4 were please.
Thank you in advance