I am a 26 year old female, 5 feet and 160 lbs. I also have a congenital heart disease with severe mitral regurgitation. I've been overweight for most of my life- but have recently put on 20 lbs in 10 months. I've always eaten mindfully, avoiding sugar. I also have some of the classic hypo symptoms- fatigue, shortness of breath, brain fog, weight gain, sensitivity to cold, low body temperature, terrible reflexes... The problem is that a lot of the hypo symptoms are similar to symptomatic mitral regurg (fatigue, shortness of breath, brain fog).
I really would like to fix this problem because the combination of symptoms is a bit overwhelming. The heavier I get, the harder my heart has to work, and it's just deteriorating that much more quickly. There is a problem, though, that I have a resting heart rate of 110 (because of my heart condition) and I'm nervous that the treatment itself would increase the rate of deterioration. At the same time, I'm not positive that I have a problem worth medicating because only my Free T4 is low... could it be Central Hypo? And what does that mean for my lifestyle?
I've been seeing a thyroid Dr., and she has me adding 5 mcg Cytomel 3x daily, 1/2 grain of Naturethoid daily, and supplements to my otherwise prescribed 5 mg Pindolol (beta-blocker) and birth control pills.
Advice please? Here are my last two blood panel results from July and August 2016. July was only Cytomel, and August is with the Naturethroid as well.
TSH: 1.01/.611 (.45-4.5)
Free T3: 2.9/3.3 (2.0-4.4)
Free T4: .60/.66 (8.2-1.77)
Reverse T3: 12/12.8 (9.2-24.1)
Vitamin D: 28.3/34.4 (30-100)
Thyroid Peroxidase (anitbodies): 10/<6 (0-34)
Thyroglobulin Antibody: <1/<1 (0-.9)
Vitamin B12: 295/1502 (211-946)
Ferritin: 67/35 (15-150)
Iodine: X/47.7 (40-92)
Magnesium: X/4.2 (4.2-6.8)
Selenium: X/120 (79-326)
Zinc: X/78 (56-134)