Hi, I'm new here and looking for some advice. I was diagnosed with Hypothyroidism 3 weeks ago after a blood test to see why I was getting numb hands at night that was keeping me awake. My results were:
Serum TSH Level = 100mU/L (0.27-4.20)
Serum free T4 level = 5 pmol/L
I also have some abnormal kidney levels which they're still investigating whereby my creatinine was high at 101 umol/L and total bilirubin level was low at 3 umol/L. I also have a low red blood cell count (RBC) at 3.73 10*12/L.
All this has come as quite a shock to me, having spent many months, maybe years, thinking fatigue and feeling a little down was down to a demanding job involving lots of travel, feeling cold was just a thing girls did and weight - I've never been skinny but not overweight either, although I did feel if I don't exercise 2/3 times a week I put weight on.
Since my diagnosis, I've been put on 50mg of Levothyroxine and have been taking it for the last 2 weeks every morning following dr's orders. Since I've started on it though, I feel horrendous. I'm tired all the time, want to nap any chance I get, wake up with numb hands numerous times, have to sleep in jumpers I'm so cold, and have these odd spells lasting up to 5 mins a few times a day where my whole body 'powers down', speech goes slow, and my limbs feel too heavy to lift. My face feels puffy and uncomfortable and I generally don't feel well.
I know the drugs are meant to take a while to kick in, and I'm due back to the dr's for repeat testing in 3.5 weeks time, but will it get any better?
Also - I am getting married in 8 weeks time! I had been on a strict diet and exercise regime before this diagnosis, and since then I don't have the energy to walk upstairs, let alone the gym. I'm also eating sugar to give myself energy to get through my working day. What if I don't fit into the dress!!
Is there anything I can eat, take, do to get back to how I was? Any help is very gratefully received.