Found this site yesterday and hope you will be more help than my doctor. Here is my history ... just turned 49 and until a year ago was pretty healthy never visiting the doctor and pretty much never taking any meds not even paracetamol/aspirin. At a routine sight test was told to see my doctor as changes behind my eye were discovered Oct 2014. Followed advice and b/t showed high cholesterol especially LDL levels and due to family history of heart disease (usually males) referred to specialist who did tests and put me on statins. Pretty much as soon as i started the statins I started to notice I fell asleep instantly (and I mean instantly) and within a few weeks started to gain weight and suffer from muscle cramps. By Feb 2015 I was starting to slow down and muscle ache was more noticeable so stopped the statins and saw my doctor. She prescribed another type of statin but also wanted to test my thyroid (something to do with the shape of my face) and advised I take co-enzyne 10. Thyroid test came back normal.
Persevered with statins until Nov 2015, but no improvement in muscles and continued to gain weight (this was put down to my age and being menopausal), and decided to stop statins and try and lower cholesterol with diet and exercise.
Beginning of this year I started to have a slightly hoarse voice, being a dog trainer for the past 15 years I put this down to overuse. And at the end of March the tingling started in my hands (which again i put down to overuse as i had been doing a lot of DIY), then my toes started to tingle a few weeks later.
Didn't bother to see a doctor as I had an appointment with my specialist beginning of May - after he lectured me about my cholesterol he asked what i took for my thyroid problem, when i said i'd had a test and my thyroid was normal he told me to see my doctor again. In the letter i received that was also sent to my doctor it said my TSH was 11.3 and under recommendations he wrote; GP to repeat thyroid function test in six weeks, consider medication if patient remains hyperthyroid - further in the letter he says borderline or hyperthyroid and that we are aware that hyperthyroidism may also give rise to weight gain and tiredness which have been some of the symptoms that this patient has had.
By mid May my voice was getting more and more hoarse and was starting to feel more tired but although i tried to see a doctor was told there was no point until the thyroid test had been repeated after 6 weeks.
Had the b/t, I fasted as both receptionists i spoke to seemed unsure if i had to fast or not. Rang for results to be told i couldn't have them as i needed to speak to a doctor and as no appointments were available I telephone appointment was made for a week later.
And it was in this phone call (23rd June)i was told I was hypothyroid (not hyperthyroid as specialist wrote) and i had to start 25 micrograms levothyroxine and would need to take them for the rest of my life, he then went on to tell me that on a positive note i would never have to pay for a prescription again. I did ask if it was something i could do with supplements he said no and if i didn't take the meds i could become seriously ill And all this came from a blood test nobody had actually seen me!!!
So been on them for nearly 3 weeks and no improvement in voice or tingling hands/toes. And since starting them Ive had itchy scalp and body, tickly cough, head cold, stye, conjunctivitis, aches everywhere and pretty much feel like crap (cant even remember the last time i had a cold/cough but must be 2-3 years ago).
And that brings me to here - found this site yesterday and after reading about T3 T4 and other results decided to pop down and get a print out of my results.
27 Feb 2015 Thyroid Function Tests
A. Normal, no action required Serum TSH level 1.19 mlU/L (0.27 - 4.2mlU/L
14 June 2016 Serum free T4 level
A. Normal, no action required 12.6 pmol/L (12.00-22.00pmol/L
14 June 2016 ! Thyroid Function Tests - C Give routine appointment ! Serum TSH Level 7.15 mlU/L 0.27 - 4.20mlU/L
Sorry its such a long post but wanted to include everything i remember to see if it could all be related. I keep noticing menopausal coming up time and time again in other posts could this not be a temp thing to do with that? Am i definitely hypothyroid? or borderline hyperthyroid as my specialist wrote? Is it just a coincidence that Ive felt so ill since taking the medication? And i guess what i really want to know is do i have to take this for the rest of my life or is there supplements life style changes that might resolve it instead.
I don't smoke or drink, am not on any other meds, I do take a couple of supplements in smoothies, supergreens, golden linseed, macca (my daughter works for a herbal shop and these were suggested to help with the change). I eat quite healthily, rice, veg, salads, lots of fish but do like the occasional treat, slice of cake or fish and chips. The one area I do have to work on is my stress levels - have been extremely stressed in the past few years but am working on that, or trying to ...
Any suggestions advice would be much appreciated - this is all new to me and don't think i'm going to get any answers from my doctors that's if i ever get an appointment to see one ... thank you for taking the time to read this