New member here, trying to head my head round thyroid issues. I was referred to GP after blood donating unit said my iron levels were 'in my boots'. I've given blood for 30 years, anaemia is not something I am prone to. Blood tests came back saying my red blood cells were large so investigations began. I have no figures or numbers, mainly due to brain fog and tiredness over the last 6 months or so. Iron stores are now ok after taking prescription, B12 is ok, ferrates and liver all ok. I suggested they check thyroid as my mother has been on levothyroxine for years. Over the last few months, one has come back on the low side and one on the high side so the GP ordered an antibody test, which came back at 600 and something. She sad this was a clear indication that my thyroid function was declining and not likely to improve. Started on 25mcg of levy about 5 weeks ago, repeat blood test at week 4 and the results were slightly better she said, this time I remembered to ask what the results were, the 'free' thyroid being 13 bringing it into the normal range (12-22) and the TSH was 5.54, still on the high side she said. She has increased the prescription to alternate days of 25 and 50 and retest in 6 weeks.
The tiredness isn't great but my main issue is numbness and tingling in my hands, feels similar to carpal tunnel which I had 20 years ago when pregnant. If I have just been using my hands, I can pick up a pen and write legibly, which is a bit of an issue at work! GP has suggested referring me to the hand clinic at local hospital if my tingling doesn't improve and meanwhile has recommended splints for both wrists.
I have confidence in my GP, but I know I need to get my head round the whole issue so we can manage it together, but my big question is does anyone have reassurance about the tingling (also chinking in my ear, not debilitating in the least, just annoying) and is it, as I suspect, linked to wobbly thyroid? I am 50 next month and it seems that anything that can possibly go wrong with women is just attributed to perimenopause years.
Any advice would be very welcome