Me again, this time with my own recent results!
I am currently on 75mcg Levo. I was put on 25mcg 2 years ago after a fight with the doctors (symptoms plus family history!) which I stayed on for a year. I then went back with further symptoms 1 year ago and finally got a dose increase to 50, then to 75. 75mcg was good for a while but now my symptoms are back again. I've put my table of results over the years at the end of this post.
My latest results were as follows:
TSH 2.1 (0.2 - 4)
FT4 14.5 (10.00 - 20.00)
Serum T3 1.4 (0.9 - 2.5)
I was so excited to see T3 until I realised that Serum T3 is total T3 and not Free T3. Can this result still tell me anything?
My doctor said when we went for these tests that he didn't want me to be upset if my TSH came back below 2 and therefore he couldn't treat me. Well, fortunately it's 2.1, but as the tests say "All fine!" I suspect I am going to need to fight in order to get it done.
I suspect I have malabsorption issues. I haven't had a recent vit/minerals test, but have had low Vit D (61, and 65) in the past for which I've been taking daily 1600 iu replacement for the past 8 months. My B12 has also come back on the low side (390, 423, 419) but I'm not currently supplementing that - I plan to but want to see my latest levels first to work out where the issue is. I have also had low calcium and at one point had a high parathyroid result: (vit D 65 (75-500), calcium 2.17(2.2 - 2.6), Parathyroid 8.5 (1.5 - 7.6)) So I am supplementing iron, vit c, calcium, magnesium, zinc. I suspect I need to do more supplementation, and this might be causing my symptoms.
I also suspect an adrenal imbalance, and am looking to go back to the doctor to get this checked - and then to do a private 24 hour test for cortisol. I'm also going to look into dietary ways to support my thyroid and adrenals so that I can throw everything at it! Will also see what vit/mineral tests he'll do and then consider BlueHorizon.
I'm just sick and tired of these symptoms, and sick and tired of fighting numbers that show me as "well". If they refuse to treat/investigate I'm doing to do a letter to the practice manager and threaten self-medication!
As a summary, as I know I've written a lot here.
- Can we tell anything from my Serum/Total T3 result?
- Any particular arguments I can use with my doctor to strengthen my case?
-Am I also going along the right lines with looking for optimal vits and minerals, then optimal adrenal function, and then if all that doesn't work considering addition of T3?
- Should I also be asking for a hormone profile?
Thank you all so much in advance.