I was found to be hypothyroid in April this year after visiting GP because of fatigue, muscle/joint aches and pains, very heavy periods, pins and needles in both arms and hands, tinnitus, dizziness, problems focusing eyes, sensation of pressure in my throat, IBS type symptoms and lack of interest in anything! (plus many of the other symptoms I've since found out are common to thyroid problems)
I've had three sets of tests done now, see below (2 routine by GP and one private by Medichecks). I'm 48 yrs old female, family history of autoimmune diseases - (I'm not Coeliac). Since the first set of results I've been taking 50mcg daily of Levothyroxine, early in morning with water. I also take 1 x 30mg daily Lansoprazole in evening for acid reflux/hiatus hernia (diagnosed in 2000, so have been taking PPI's for 16yrs now).
Serum free T3 - 4.4 pmol/L (3.1 - 6.8)
Serum free T4 - 9.9 pmol/L (12.0 - 22.0)
Serum TSH - 7.4 mu/L (0.27 - 4.20)
Serum TSH - 3.9 mu/L (0.27 - 4.20)
TSH - 2.52 mIU/L (0.27 - 4.2)
Free thyroxine - 13.97 pmol/L (12.0 - 22.0)
Total thyroxine (T4) - 98.4 nmol/L (59.0 - 154.0)
Free T3 - 4.36 pmol/L (3.1 - 6.8)
Reverse T3 - 21 ng/dL (10.0 - 24.0)
Thyroglobulin Antibody - 52.84 IU/mL (0.0 - 115.0)
Thyroid Peroxidase Antibodies - 159 IU/mL (0.0 - 34.0)
Vitamin B12 - 179.7 pg/ml (191.0 - 663.0)
Folate (serum) - 9.61 ug/L (4.6 - 18.7)
25 OH Vitamin D - 18.1 nmol/L (50.0 - 200.0)
Ferritin - 19.28 ug/L (13.0 - 150.0)
CRP - High Sensitivity - 8.1 mg/L (0.0 - 5.0)
I'd really appreciate any comments to help me decipher these as I'm still struggling to understand all this new information! I still have the symptoms even though GP says I'm normal now. After the last results I'm wondering how many of my symptoms are due to the vitamin deficiencies....I've been told to supplement B12 & D3 (but in what method or strengths?) and re-test in 6 weeks. My GP has not indicated if or when I should return for re-test.
I'm working my way through a couple of the recommended books but I still not sure what to do first to improve things or whether I'm being too impatient - thinking back, many of my symptoms have been building up for 3+ years and worsened after an early-stage miscarriage in July 2013.
With thanks in advance, so glad to have found this group and hope to know enough one day to pay it forward......