I have been diagnosed this year with hypothyroidism, after asking for a blood test as I felt that I was Vitamin D deficient.
I had initially been put on 50mg Levothyroxine which caused me to get loads of pain in my joints. I did report this to the GP who asked me to take 25mg instead as it may be that it was a lot of meds. I had tried that for a while, but the pain was still there.
I then had a blood test again which revealed that my liver ALP had gone up (a lot). The GP decided that the thyroid was still not low enough and that the liver issue was just a co-incidence, and as such, put me back on 50mg Levo.
I was still in pain so went to see another doctor in the surgery. She changed me from Levo to Liothyronine, 20mg. This did remove the pain but the thyroid did not get down a lot. The liver ALP was still getting higher all through this.
Since then, the Lio has been increased to 60mg which I had for a few days and immediately felt pain in my joints again.
My doctor doesn't seem to want to accept that the medicine can cause pain and an endocrinologist who I was referred to is also saying that the medicines do not cause that pain, even though many people have mentioned it on the Internet.
I am looking into getting NDT, as I am hoping that it will relieve the pain and then hopefully I can work out how to get the liver ALP sorted as well.
My questions are:
1. Are there any good trustworthy sources where I can buy the Armour from without a prescription as my GP will not allow it and will continue to force me onto these two and give me painkillers for the pain. I am worried that the joint pain may be due to the bone being weakened and it may be irreversible.
2. I am currently taking 60mg Liothyronine. What would be the equivalent / ideal dosage to take of Armour. How can I regulate it, should I just get a blood test regularly with my GP?
How have other people here gone about self medication when there is no GP support?
Thank you for reading this!