This is my first post although I have been following the forum for a couple of months now. Love this forum, it's so active and helpful!
Now I feel it is time to start asking for help. (I have a few questions that don’t really relate so maybe I better start new threads for each question?) For more background info please read my profile!
I was planning on self medicating (but hesitate as some people warn against it for good reasons) as I have no diagnosis of hypothyroidism. The ref ranges here in Sweden are lower than in the UK but it’s still very hard to get a doctor to listen and consider your symptoms. Especially the general practioners are IMO not very knowledgeable of thyroid matters. Anyway after years with diffuse symptoms and feeling tired and not at all optimal (but not VERY ill either) I have decided to take matters in my own hands. After reading a lot I started supplementing vitamins and minerals so that I’d at least be as optimal as I can before starting any treatment. I first wanted to see how I felt after some months taking supplements. I am also trying out Progesterone cream for about a month now since I am probably perimenopausal (53 years old).
But, yesterday I got a phone call from the doctor saying that my cholesterol was sky high. Total was 10.6 and LDL was 7.2. She wanted to start me on statins immediately. I have only read worrying things about statins and I have no intention of taking them…. I also have read so many times that high cholesterol can be a symptom of hypothyroidism. I am quite skinny, don’t smoke, eat mainly meat, fish, vegetables, eggs, nuts and not many carbs. But she got me worried and I was thinking maybe it's time to start my trial of NDT now instead of waiting several more months?? (I have Thai Thyroid and some Armour at home)
The reason for the doctor testing my cholesterol was that I have been feeling a little tight chested at times, no pain but more of a kind of muscular tightness under my breasts. A new symptom for me…This started at the same time I started taking vitamins/minerals and doing rehab pilates but it has improved lately. I had resting EKG done and it was fine, but she wants me to do an exercise EKG too. My blood pressure is on the low side, and so is my resting pulse.
This are my latest bloods:
TSH 3.12 (ref 0.20-4.00)
T4 14 (ref 9-22)
T3 4.4 (ref 2.5-5.6)
B12 495 pmol/L (ref 150-800)
Folate 18 nmol/L (ref 7.0-40)
Vit D 79.0 nmol/L (ref 25-105, optimal nivå 75-250)
Ferritin 29 mcg/L (ref 10-130)
This is my highest level of TSH so far.
I've had TSH tests and other thyroid tests quite regularly since 2009 and have been tested for antibodies (TPOAk) twice, in 2009 and 2012 which was negative.
My ferritin has been kind of low all these years, from 17-46 at its highest but I had no idea then that it should be higher in the range, this is something I learnt on this forum.
I don’t have the cholesterol tests yet, hopefully I will get a printout on Monday so I can see what exactly they tested.
I take my temps every morning at waking and they usually are 35.7-36.2C.
Another reason I have also hesitated starting on NDT is this: in Mark Starr's book at the end Jerry Tennant writes 'most people eventually develop antibodies to desiccated thyroid'. ??? What does that mean?
Any advice or thoughts are greatly appreciated! (Sorry for the long post)