Hi there, been lurking for a couple of weeks and it's great to see how helpful ad knowledgable you all are!
I'm Nik, I've been hyprothyriod for around 15 years. Had the usual nightmare getting diagnosed , was told I was depressed and prescribed anti-depressants. Following my own research I saw Dr Skinner who told one look at me, didn't bother with blood tests and put me on levothyroxine straight away. My dose has been changed here and there but I started suffering from increased health problems around two years ago. Kept getting ill, was exhausted, swollen, joint pain, memory problems etc etc and by now I have pretty much every symptom that comes up in my research. I am feeling pretty awful and really struggling to do my (very physical) job.
Went back to my GP last week, who is lovely, but looked at me like I was a little mad when I started talking about my research and T3 etc. They have already done a lot of tests - to be fair they are lovely people at my Dr's and very helpful , but I commented that T3 wasn't one of them. I was advised that they only did T3 on request from the hospital but she has agreed to include it in the bloods I am having tomorrow and also Vit D and Iron.
I am a veggie and take omaprozole so B12 is very likely i think to be an issue, however she isn't testing that as she said it would show up in the full blood profile via other levels.
The doctor wanted to go through my previous tests to try and fine tune the bloods I was having so other than the above I don't know what else they will include. I have had previous tests for cortisol, full bloods, immune, rhematiod and they have all been 'normal'
My last TSH and T4 resulted in my having an increase in my levothyroxine to 175mg and frankly i feel just awful now. It's become a struggle to function and function I must I don't have any choice but to keep going.
last results were:
Thyroid function test
Serum TSH level 4.90 mu/L [0.27 - 4.2]
Outside reference range
Serum free T4 level 12.9 pmol/L [10.0 - 21.0]
Any thoughts and advice would be more than appreciated. My GP really does want to help but I think they are at a loss whats wrong with me and although they acknowledge its likely to be thyroid causing all this, it seems all about adjusting the levothyroxine. There has been no suggestion of my being referred to an Endo so perhaps this is something I need to push for. I am tempted if these results come back all ok as normal to try self medication and see how it goes.. but have no idea what i'm doing, hence me finding this place to try and get some help.
right thats a lot for an introduction so apologies!!! Thanks to anyone who works their through this lot!