I had some blood tests done because I was having pins and needles in my arm and leg... I had expected the results to return a vitamin b12 deficiency but it came back showing a raised TSH level of 7.32 (0.35-4.94)).
To be found to be 'sub-clinical' hypothyroid (as my doctor called it) adds up now as I'm 47 and I have a lot of the symptoms:
Hair loss for the last 2 years. I used to have super thick hair, but now it's straggly, dry and I have to get extensions to stop it being a complete frizz ball where you can see my scalp. I just thought that I was getting old and this was female pattern hair loss.
Dry Skin - virtually all my life though
Brittle, ridged nails
Eczema on elbows and palms
Losing my memory - again thought it was part of ageing.
Feeling the cold
Tired, sometimes exhausted but sometimes not.
I was told by my doctor that I would have to come back in a month for further testing, but having googled the results I saw that my TSH levels were quite high (I think). I spoke to the doctor and she reluctantly prescribed a low dose of levothyroxine (25mg).
The thing is, although my mum had thyroid cancer a long time ago and my nephew has now started treatment BUT I am really reluctant to go on a pill for the rest of my life.
Are there alternatives that work to reduce TSH levels? Do my results indicate that I need to start moving towards getting this sorted quickly?? Should I have more testing before starting treatment?
Serum Free T4 level (10.6) (9.01-19.05)
Serum TSH level 7.32 (0.35-4.94)
Serum Vit B12 652 (187-883)
Serum Folate 9.4 (3.10 - 20.50)
Serum ferritin 42 (20.00-204.00)
Serum transferrin 2.44 (2.00 - 3.20)
Serum iron level 12.8 (4.40-27.90)
Can anyone with more knowledge than me help me understand them better please and also, should i start on the low dose and see if there's an improvement. If there's not, can I just come off the tablets?
Thanks in advance...