Hi, I know this is a UK site, but I'm hoping someone may have a bright idea to help me decide what to do next (sorry it's a bit long!).
I posted a few days ago about my latest set of test results which showed FT3 @ 74% of range, but despite this I had a number of symptoms return or get worse. I've been trying to figure out since whether I'm being a hypochondriac or whether there is something else going on.
The one thing I hadn't seriously considered was that as some of the symptoms included a return of allergy / sinus / itchy skin which had been helped with antihistamine, could it be that there is something in Synthroid that was the problem (I had been taking Actavis in the UK which wasn't perfect but was OK).
A Google search threw up that it has a number of additional ingredients In Synthroid, including povidone, talc and acacia. A bit further down the page it listed the known side effects of Synthroid, a lot of which tally with what I'm experiencing!
I needed a repeat prescription so went back to the doctor today and suggested that Synthroid wasn't agreeing with me and that I don't think my meds should have been reduced. She wouldn't agree to changing the dose, but agreed that I may be having a reaction to Synthroid so gave me a prescription stating that it wasn't to be Synthroid to see if that improved things.
The only problem is that the only other alternative brand available here in Canada (eltroxin) has pretty much the same ingredients and has got worse reviews than Synthroid.
A referral to an endo isn't on the table and even if it was is likely to take months, and I'm not working so can't afford to go private, so now I'm stuck again and not sure what to do - keep taking Synthroid, try and source Levo from outside Canada or if I'm going to have to go through the he hassle of importing, just give up and move onto something else (thyroid gold / NDT) to see if I do any better on that.
Apparently Actavis is the only Levo that doesn't include Acacia (I think this ingredient might be some of the problem), but it is only available in the UK - has anyone managed to get a UK pharmacy to ship it overseas with a prescription?
Alternatively I'm going to be in Hong Kong / Thailand in a months time so could try and get something there to trial - does anyone have experience of buying over the counter there or do you need a prescription? If anyone has a reliable source of a product without too many fillers could you please PM me details?
Thanks in advance.