Hi - I'm new here and trying to understand what may be going on with my health. I am a 64 year old woman and was diagnosed hypothyroid 10 years ago. I have been taking 150 mcg Levothyroxine (with a couple of 125mcg days a week) for some years. I guess I have Hashimotos as my symptoms seemed classic - a frantic speeding up of my mind and body for several months when I seemed to be hypomanic (not a phrase in current use I know) followed by a crash that left me too exhausted for normal life, blood tests, diagnosis and a slow increase in Levothyroxine over a couple of years. Over the years since I have been told by my GP consistently that I was slightly over-medicated hence my agreement to drop down my dose a few days a week. I had a very stressful and busy job and felt I couldn't manage on less than 150. I'm now retired.
Over time I have developed a number of complaints/conditions which I think may be linked to my condition including: upper arm and shoulder pain which is chronic; carpel tunnel syndrome; and this year, lichen sclerosis and problems with my feet and ankles which are related to the tendons and excessive synovial fluid (we think). I have been offered an operation on my feet which I think I will decline as I feel it is more important to stop other conditions arising by getting my thyroid picture sorted. Oh, and weight! I am clinically obese although my diet is very good. I don't exercise much due to 1. Lack of sufficient energy 2. The foot problem. However my BP and other health markers seem good.
My latest GP tests in April showed:
FT4 18.3 . (Range 11-22.60pmol/l)
FT3 5.3 (3.50-6.50)
TSH 0.17 (0.20 - 4.00 mu/L)
I have asked for a referral to an endocrinologist (Dr B in Calderdale) which will take place in a few weeks.
Can anyone help me? Should I be looking for a more complete treatment? What should I ask the endo?