I've perused the threads here on hypertension. I was diagnosed with Hashimoto's Thyroiditis two years ago this coming October. Since I also was diagnosed with adrenal fatigue, T3 was initially prescribed for me. It was OK, though my primary complaint this entire time and in the time preceding my dX was joint pain. I am coming to accept that I may have arthritis as a secondary condition, as autoimmune diseases seem to go hand-in-hand together.
A few months ago I started taking Nature Throid. My protocol was to start from basically an extremely low dose then up the dose by 1/4 to 1/2 grain every two weeks. This all seemed to go along swimmingly, aside from starting out at 1/2 a grain per day, which caused my body no end of aches and pains. But I survived that.
I'm now up to 1 grain in the morning, 3/4 grain in the afternoon. In the past two weeks I've been experiencing what could be hyperthyroid symptoms--itchy skin, night sweats, headaches, my menstrual period disappeared where it was consistently every 28 days (I'm 49 and going through perimenopause). And then I visited an orthopedist about my joint swelling. The assistant took my blood pressure and it was through the roof (for me), around 153/98, with a heart rate of about 60. I've never suffered from high blood pressure before, so this freaked me out. I purchased a wrist cuff (Omron) and have been using it religiously for about a week. It's clear that my blood pressure is higher than it should be, averaging about 140/86.
I'm concerned. Is it possible that I am on too high a dose of NDT? I've already stepped it back to 3/4 grain per day since two days ago and am prepared to give it up entirely and go back to T3 or nothing, if I have to.
Here are my last two lab tests, from before NDT and about 4 weeks into NDT.
Ferritin 48 (15-150 ng/mL)
FT3 3.1 (2.0-4.4 pg/mL)
Reverse T3 12.4 (9.2-24.1 ng/dL)
TSH 0.772 (0.45-4.5 uIU/mL)
FT4/THyroxine, Free, Direct 0.93 (0.82-1.77 ng/dL)
Thyroglobulin antibodies 587.3 (0.0-0.9 IU/mL)
Thyroid peroxidase ABS16 (0-34 IU/mL)
Ferritin 45 (15-150 ng/mL)
Iron Bind.Cap. (TIBC)292 (ug/dL 250-450)
Iron, Serum97 (ug/dL 27-159)
Iron Saturation33 (15-55%)
FT3 2.7 (2.0-4.4 pg/mL)
Reverse T311.8 (9.2-24.1 ng/dL)
TSH 0.159 (0.45-4.5 uIU/mL)
FT4/THyroxine, Free, Direct 1.09 (0.82-1.77 ng/dL)
Thyroglobulin antibodies 655.8 (0.0-0.9 IU/mL)
Thyroid peroxidase ABS 14 (0-34 IU/mL)
BTW, my creatinine, BUN/creatinine ratio, and eGFR (all kidney function blood tests) were checked in February 2016 and they're in the normal ranges.
Does anyone have any ideas? Should I stop NDT and go back to T3? I am going to continue monitoring my blood pressure. I have a doctor's appointment set up with a new doctor in mid August.
Thanks in advance.