Having been diagnosed last July with hypothyroidism and later Hashimoto's my levothyroxine was gradually increased from 75mcg to 100mcg. My next test showed that my TSH and T4 were in range despite me not feeling at all well. I was referred to an Endo by which time I had increased my dose myself to 125mcg and started to feel a lot better. I told the Endo what I had done and he agreed that despite being in range it was right to continue on 125mcg if I felt better on that dose. I asked him, like I had asked my own GP, if I could have my T3 measured. My GP said the lab wouldn't do it and the Endo said he didn't believe that a T3 test proved anything. He said a recent study had proved that it was only necessary to measure T4. I complained about my weight gain - over 2 stones, and that whatever I did I couldn't shift it so if my T3 was measured then surely it would show if I was converting T4 and hence show that my metabolism was
/wasn't working. Fatigue was and still is a major problem. I got nowhere. That was back in early December.
By the beginning of February I was starting to feel quite ill again and lots of my old symptoms returned. As a result I increased my levo to 150mcg. It doesn't seem to have made very much difference. I am hesitant about returning to my GP to request another blood test as they don't seem to understand the bigger picture of hypothyroidism and if my results are in range they won't prescribe the 150mcg I am now on. I have enough to continue taking 150 for another month.
What can I do to get my T3 measured or get someone to listen. Would taking kelp help?
I am at my wits end!