I was diagnosed with 'subclinical hypothyroidism' 'with antibodies' in February, which is rather astounding as my antibodies were never tested at this point. My TSH was 6.1.
My results were given over the phone. When I asked if there was anything that I could do to support my health with regards to diet, I was told no 'just take the medication'.
I do not have a lot of faith in GP's. I researched day in and day out. I became gluten free the day of my diagnosis and dairy, soy, nightshade and caffeine free & very low in sugar soon after due to self - identified intolerances. More recently, I am totally grain free. I only drink and cook with fluoride free, bottled water. I store food in glass jars, drink my vitamin C water from a glass with a glass straw to prevent tooth erosion and use a fluoride free tooth powder.
I no longer wear make up or nail polish and make my own household cleaning fluids from white vinegar, water and essential oils. I use sodium laureate free shampoo and castile soap for washing due to multiple chemical sensitivities.
I supplement with vitamin B12, B complex, C, D3, E, K, omega oils, turmeric, magnesium and progesterone cream.
Upon re testing in May, my TSH was 3.6 with antibodies tested this time in the region of 20. I do not have a diagnosis of Hashimoto's or coeliac, because there was never any baseline testing conducted whilst eating gluten. I am not prepared to suffer the distress of ingesting gluten for 6 weeks to get a diagnosis, as every time I inadvertently ingest gluten, I suffer terribly with increased brain fog, swollen 'sausage fingers', swollen ankles and general disorientation and illness.
I also suffer with candida, low stomach acid and MTHFR gene mutation.
I have become progressively ill over the past 9 years with severe fatigue, sleep problems, anxiety and multiple other symptoms which currently render me housebound for 5 years. I was previously an energetic, independent, enthusiastic woman wo excelled in her career and enjoyed a vibrant social life and often travelled the world - at times alone.
I was prescribed Levothyroxine in February. As a consequence of my research and how this drug my interact negatively given my food intolerances, MTHFR status and inability to absorb nutrients I have decided to bypass this medication in favour of WP thyroid, which I have ordered and hope to take soon.
My questions are not about labs or nutrients as I feel that I have a good grip on these things after 8 months of pretty non stop research. However, If you have anything to add to my current regime that may help, I am very opening to hearing your advice. There is always something to learn on this journey.
My main concerns in the interim before I start WP Thyroid are:
On top of typical thyroid symptoms, I currently have a lot of pain and distressing symptoms - mid back pain, irritable bladder, air hunger, jolting awake from sleep in distress, suspected bone spur / protrusion on my knee for 1 year, severe fatigue, mood swings, anger. I would be so grateful on feedback as to whether these symptoms are normal, how to manage them and whether NDT will alleviate some of these issues. Some days, I feel like I am losing my mind and physically disintegrating beyond my years - I am 41.
All feedback, no matter how small is very gratefully received and appreciated.
Many thanks in advance for all responses.