This may sound initially a bit off topic, but its relevant to my current situation. Just wondered if anyone here (particularly age 55+) uses HRT in any form as well as thyroid medication.
I recently had an appointment with an endocrinologist in London. Cried when I came out as it was such a relief to have someone listen properly and take in what you've said when you've been asking GPs the same questions over and over (can I be referred? can I be referred please? I still have hypo symptoms... etc etc.
After going through my history and current situation he came up with two suggested treatment options. One would be to try NDT (he prescribes Erfa) and as he felt some of what I'm experiencing is menopausal (though I'm 61 and its 9 years since I had a period) he suggested trying Evorel Conti HRT patches.
Have to admit I was quite taken aback at this suggestion as I felt I'd sailed through menopause with relatively few problems, compared to the distress many women suffer, so felt I'd gone past the time when HRT might be an option and wanted to get through without it at the time, which I did.
I had blood tests taken and he'd said lets see what results are like, but gave me a prescription for the patches and suggested I could do either or both. I mentioned the cancer risks associated with taking oestrogen. He said on a short term trial basis it would be safe enough to see what sort of impact it might have.
He was a little reticent about trying Erfa first as I have in the past suffered bouts of SVT (Supra Ventricular Tacchycardia) where heart rate has risen out of the blue to 140 - 160 bpm. Hasn't happened for a few years but have had a couple of bouts recently. I think he felt the addition of T3 within the NDT might worsen this problem perhaps.
I do have to read patient information labels and in the patch info leaflet it mentions various side effects. Of course not everyone gets them, but a rise in blood pressure is a possibility and I'm already taking BP med for high spikes, plus it outlines the percentage cancer risk.
I did mention to him that I had recently bought a quantity of T3 tablets with a view to trying them as I felt perhaps I'm not converting T4 : T3 well. Blood test results came back: -
Blood test results from that day were:-
TSH 3.59 (0.27 - 4.20)
Free T4 21.3 (12 - 22)
Free T3 3.4 (3.1 - 6.8)
It was also suggested that I could take a small dose of the supplement DHEA as my level was a little on the low side.