Hi. I'm so glad I have found this forum! I was searching for the possibility of having FT3 done privately as the NHS will not do it. I have never found a place more unhelpful . I hopes you guys may know of a home test that is reliable? I was put on 175 mcg on levothyroxine after I was diagnosed about 6 years ago. I have been taken a lot of supplements and have had to reduce down my dose to 150mcg as a result. I felt awful on the higher dose and my T4 and TSH confirmed my levels had hanged. I still feel pretty bad. I hurt in all my joints especially feet and ankles. I am exhausted and the weight is slowly creeping on and nothing I do seems to make a difference. I have asked my GP to check if I have a conversion problem but they say it is all in my head and all I need to do is eat less and exercise more. What makes it really funny is that I am a dog walker and can will do a lot of exerciser every day. I have counted up to 30 000 steps a day plus stable work on top. Still didn't loose any weight. I would like to be able to maybe run a couple of private tests and if they show anything, take them back to my GP and make them treat me. I'm not really sure where to go from here. I am currently looking into changing my diet to be more "thyroid friendly" but need to research a lot more before I can go ahead.
It is very upsetting when you get told it is all in your head and you are fat because you are lazy, eat less and exercise and I know someone who has hypo too. They are very slim and fit with loads of energy. You are just lazy.
Anyway, rant over. Any pointers on Bt's would be great.