I have been visiting and reading tons of posts here for last month or so and learnt a great deal of information from this site so finally decided to join to be a part of the community.
I am a 37 year old male. I had been feeling tired, depressed, lifeless and lethargic for a long time so got lots of blood tests done recently. The FBC was normal as was the KFT, LFT, PSA etc. Other results which were not so normal are given below:
TSH 5.7 (0.27 - 4.2)
FT4 16.64 pmol/L (10.6 - 22.7)
FT3 5.4 pmol/L (3.4 - 6.8)
Anti-TPO 88 UI/mL (< 34)
TSH and Anti-TPO - were OUT of Range (above).
ESR 44 mm/h ( < 15)
CRP 0.228 mg/dl (< 0.5)
Cholestrol Total 219.2 mg/dl (per range, it is borderline High)
Cholestrol LDL 156.4 mg/dl (per range, it is borderline High)
Lipid Total 719 mg/dl (400-700)
I also had "Serum Protein Electrophoresis (SPE)" blood test which was ever so slightly out of range too. (Other hormones like FSH, LH, Free Test, SHBG, Estradiol, Total Test, Prolactin etc are totally Normal).
Endocrinologist also performed a thyroid ultrasound following the results and said that my glands look "TIRED" (no other abnormality was found apart from that). I was diagnosed with Hashimoto's Hypothyroiditis and prescribed "Euthyrox 25mcg" first thing every morning for 3 months initially (which i have been taking for 3 weeks now).
In addition to Euthyrox 25mcg/day, i am also currently taking :
1000mg Vitamin C
1000iu Vitamin D3,
Omega-3 EPA & DHA 950 mg, and
Centrum Performance - Multivitamin daily
I am taking the above multivitamins and minerals 4 hours after my Thyroid pill (with meal). I exercise around 45 mins 3-4 times a week. I have not noticed any remarkable difference in my tiredness and depression, so my questions are as follows:
1) is the diagnosis correct according to you guys/ladies?
2) i was quite concerned at my elevated blood levels but the endocrinologist said that my high ESR of 44, high cholestrol and lipid levels are all as a results of Hypothyroid (according her, if CRP was elevated, that would have been a cause of concern but it's normal) - is that correct?
3) My minimally "out of range" Serum Protein Electrophoresis (SPE) results are also due to hyothyroidism - is that correct?
4) i am also thinking of taking Probiotics on a daily basis as i feel bloated most of the time after eating for few hours - has anyone done that? if so, does it help? which brand to choose? or is it to do with your digestive system only and nothing to do with thyroid?
5) anything else i should be doing or taking?
i am also thinking of running some vitamin, mineral blood tests to see exactly how deficient i am, would that help? has anyone done that?
any comments/advice is welcome..
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