Hi everyone, I've been reading a lot of your posts and finding out some really interesting information to learn about this condition. I know one of the main things you ask to understand someone's diagnosis is their readings, so this is what I have so far from my doc (I was diagnosed in May this year):
2008 2012 May 2016 Jun 2016
Serum free T4 level (pmol/L) 12 13.9
Serum TSH level (miu/L) 2.99 3.13 8.98 6.06
Serum follicle stimulating hormone level (iu/L) 5.5 8.2
Serum LH level (iu/L) 6.5 8.9
Serum oestradiol level (pmol/L) 302
Not sure if all the above relate to the condition but have included everything they gave me. I had shingles in 2011 due to boyfriend stress at the time so wondered if this has contributed to having the autoimmune bit? I've ordered the books "Hashimoto's Thyroiditis: Lifestyle Interventions for Finding and Treating the Root Cause" and "The Immune System Recovery Plan: A Doctor's 4-Step Program to Treat Autoimmune Disease" from Amazon and saw the link hypothyroidmom.com/hashimot... Not sure if I'm researching the right stuff or if I need to ask for different tests? I wondered if the shingles might be a cause? They started me on 50 Levothyroxine and now upped to 75. Doc thinks I'll end up on 100. Can this be cured with a complete change in diet and lifestyle?
I'm female and 13 stone in weight. I really struggle with motivation and energy levels but did manage to lose 2 stone last year (it took me a year to do it). Since May though and being on Levo, I feel even less motivated and I'm shattered by the afternoon. Is this simply because my body is adjusting to the new meds? I've just turned 50 so at the start of menopause too.
Is there light at the end of the tunnel? Would really value your opinions.
Thank you, Kim