Hi guys. I'm new here. Looking back, I think I have had an underactive thryroid since I was 14yrs old. (I am now 38yrs old.) I had my 1st NHS test when I was 20yrs old, which came back "normal". When I was 30yrs old, I went to see Dr Peatfield. Under his care, for the last 8 yrs, I have been taking:
2 grains of armour 3 times a week.
25mcg of Cytomel 3 times a week.
C-1000 TR (vit C) 1 tablet, 3 times a week.
Coqu10 30mg 3 times a week
Nutri adrenal extra 3 times a week. (In the beginning I also took some stuff to get rid of my constant thrush, but I can't remember what that was.)
This has kept me going and I felt somewhat better, but I have always felt I could feel better still. I have no fertility/pain issues, but have most of the other symptoms. I have had Gestational Diabetes twice despite having a great diet, and I am now "pre diabetic." As well as the low sugar diet I have always followed, I have, in the last 6 weeks, cut out gluten.
Recently I went to the doctors (with another issue) and they tested my thyroid. They finally agree that I have an underactive thyroid (they did more tests this time, than they did 18yrs ago.) I told them about the medicines I was taking. They asked me to come off them for 3mths, then have blood tests done again, so they can see the full picture of what they are dealing with. (as obviously, being on the above meds will make my test results look "better" than they really are.)
Can you please take a look at them for me, so I know what "optimal" is, rather than just "normal"?
Free T3 2.8 (3.5-6.5)
Free T4 8.9pmol/L (10.0-22.0)
TSH 0.22mU/L (0.10-4.00)
Vit B12 Normal (It states no figures/ranges)
Ferritin Normal 24ug/L
Mr Doctor seems quite open to trying things. She has said that my T4 and T3 levels are too low and after my re tests she thinks they will go lower and is happy to start me on a trial of levothyroxine. However, it is my understanding that this is a T4 drug, and that I will need something that converts T4 to T3. Also, am I right in saying that if I have high levels of RT3 (which hasn't been tested), wont that stop the T4 from being absorbed?
Also, can I get by without the missing tests, or should I get those privately tested by Blue Horizon and take them to her afterwards?
Thanks in advance for ANY advice/info you can give me. Eleanor. xxx