I have been hypothyroid for 6 years. Am taking 125ml levo and just feel exhausted all the time.
I gave birth 6 months ago. Whilst pregnant my dose was upped from 100 to 125ml. Whilst pregnant, although suffering from severe sickNess and vomiting, although very tired I did not suffer with severe brain fog and fatigue. I dI'd however have swollen fingers and achy fingers. No other body swelling.
6 months post birth, I feel totally exhausted. Still have achey fingers and now knees. Also have dry skin, sensitive stomach thinning hair, weight gain around hips and stomach, despite daily vigorous exercise and diet control (note, I was very slim during pregnancy due to vomiting 40 times daily) had a post nasal drip for 2 years which is now worse.
I told my GP who said I was tired from being a new mum. Yes, that plays a part, but we all know thyroid tired and normal tired. I informed the Dr that I have a lot of support. my husband takes many nights with baby and my sister lives with me and is hands on. He took no notice and dismissed me saying as my TSH level was 1.9, there was nothing further he could do. I informed him that I function best at 1 and under (my previous GP practice believed in tighter management I.e for those on levo they liked patients to have TSH of 1 and under. I was still dismissed.
I wrote into the surgery with my concerns and was finally referred to an endo whom I am meeting on 18 Oct.
in the meantime, the gp agreed to a blood test. Just prior to that out of sheer desperation, I upped my own dose to 150mg. that helped me get out of bed. But 5 days before my blood test I went back down to 125. my test came back slightly over compensated. I forgot to get the figure. the Dr advised on going down to 100mg which I refused and told him I'd taken a higher dose. He agreed to a test in one month.
So I'm seeing the endo. Any tips on how to get the most out of this appointment.
Any help gratefully accepted!
phew, writing this was a struggle.