I just got my results back from BH. I would appreciate if someone could help me make sense of them. I also requested my blood test results from my GP practice covering 2012 to 2016, I realised after readding them that some are missing so will trace the results for October 2015 (when I was feeling like dementors were attacking me) when the surgery opens next week. I will also try and get the results from the tests the endo consultant requested in 2013 (beginning of treatment) and 2014 when I last saw him. GP practice did not have a copy of those.
My previous results if of interest were as follow:
July 2016 THS 1.7 (Range 0.3 - 4.20) and Vitamin D 16.9nmol/L (Range 50 -150)
I am on 1600IU VitD3 daily dose but after speaking to a friend who had same defiency and was given 20000IU x 2 a week x 7 weeks by consultant I decided to supplement my dosage and have been taking 20000IU x 2 a week for the past 4 weeks.
May 2016 THS 1.3 (same range)
April 2014 Free T4 15.7pmol/L (12-22pmol/L)
May 2013 THS 3.4 (0.3-4.2) and Free T4 14.4 (12-22)
I have lost 9 st since I started treatment in 2013, I was 30st (at173cm about 5'8'') and I am now 21st. At first the loss was steady (about 1 or 2lbs a week) with a big loss (about 10lbs in a week) every 12 weeks. But for the past 2 years, since August 2014 I have really struggled to loose weight and have only managed 1.5st over the period.
My main complaints are my inability to loose weight no matter how hard I try. My joints, muscle and bone aches which in my opinion are getting worse despite my VitD going up. I also have mood swings which affect me badly because I feel guilty at lashing out at my family and the pain from my joints, muscles and bones puts me in a bad mood.
I have been reading a lot of the posts on the forum over the past week (old and new) and realise how little I know about hypothyroisim.
I am currently on 100mcg of Levothyroxine and take this first thing in the morning with my VitD and my Co-Tenidone 50/12.5 for high blood pressure.
Should I be taking the Levo on it's own with no other medication? And wait an hour before breakfast?
How should I take my VITD? With food containing some sort of fat?
Is my Levo dose enough? (I read that the dose should be 10mcg per st which would mean that at 21st I should be having 200mcg????) Should I be supplementing my current Levo with T3? If so what would be the benefits? Any major problems of doing this?
Should I up my Vit D. intake? how much should I be taking? Should I be taking it with Vit. K? Where can I get Vit. D. and Vit. K. if my doctor refuses to prescribe it? Should I always take it with food containing fat?
Should I be taking Vit. B12? In what dosage and where can I get it? Also when and how should I take it?
I have seen people mentioning taking prebiotics, probiotics and Selenium. What are the benefits and how much should I be taking? also when and how should I be taking them?
greygoose mentioned myxoedema as a probable reason for my inability to loose weight. And from what I read this week I think he is right. I have also read about the doctor that first described his discovery of myxoedema in a thyroid patient corpse and the different physical signs that were used in the 19th and early 20th century to diagnose the disease, among them the abundance of warts and moles on the torso and back of patients (I have this since I was a child, so does my mum and so did her mother).
Morphologically my body seems to be divided in 2 halves, the top although fat is much slimmer than the bottom, from the waist down I am 6 sizes larger than the top. I seemed to have lost most the weight from the top and backside. I have a huge belly and my legs seem to be constantly swollen, which makes me believe it might be myxoedema. Is there a way to get rid of this or will it be the bain of my life for the rest of it?
Is going wheat free a good idea? Or is gluten free best? Should I go carb free as well? I have also found some info in an American site about "leaky gut" and although I was a bit flumoxed by it the truth is it sounded disguting...but they did recommend no carbs, no gluten etc.
Please bear in mind that I am a total newbie and the past week has been a very steep learning curve. I really welcome any comments and suggestions and I am most grateful for them.