Hi there, I'm new here but have learnt a lot from reading others' posts. I'd love some advice on my situation if anyone can help?
Here's my story: in 2007 I became very unwell with severe fatigue, muscle weakness, and lots of other symptoms ... I had to drop out of university, was diagnosed with M.E. and became housebound, sometimes bed bound. It took six years before I was able to start working again. During this time I was found to have a vitamin D level of 16 and my GP kept saying my thyroid was borderline low but he wouldn't treat it unless it dropped below the line. After switching GPs, I was put on 25mcgs of levothyroxine and also treated with vitamin D. I think these contributed to me getting better over a couple of years.
I have now been able to function to a high level for 3 years but recently my energy started dropping again and I've been told to take time off as I'm unable to keep up. The symptoms most affecting me are severe fatigue, muscle weakness & lack of stamina, dizziness & vertigo and brain fog.
I had blood tests recently and my vitamin D level was 35 nmol/L so I've started supplements again. My thyroid results were:
Serum free T4 level 18.6 pmol/L (12.0 - 22.0)
Serum TSH 1.95 mU/L (0.3 - 4.5)
Before I got these results I upped my dose to 50mcgs on advice of a relation who has hypothyroidism. I probably shouldn't have done this but to be honest I'm so desperate to get back to finish my college course. I have an appointment with Dr Magovern in Dublin next week whose name I found on here - hoping he can shed some light on my symptoms.
With my blood test results being normal, is there a chance my symptoms aren't caused by my thyroid? Should I drop my dose back to 25mcgs?
Apologies for the long post but I'm really desperate to not lose another six years - I'm 28 - and another college course (which I absolutely love).
Thanks for any advice!