I was diagnosed with Hashi's four years ago and was prescribed 100mcg of levo. Then about a year ago I started to get crippling pain in my lower leg when walking more than a few hundred metres, so bad that I would have to stop walking and wait for up to 10 minutes for the pain the subside. The pain would start in my right leg but if I pushed through the pain it would eventually develop in my left leg too. Exercise became very difficult as a result.
I was investigated for intermittent claudication in my legs (I am overweight with high cholesterol of 7.7) but a Doppler ultrasound did not reveal anything.
I had a possible thyroid storm last summer which also resulted in psychological problems including mood swings and irritability. I was taken to a&e where blood tests showed I had hyperthyroidism so my levo dose was reduced to 75mcg but the last few thryroid level tests show I am now undermedicted, however my endo is not prepared to increase the dose just yet as she is running some other tests (which have so far ruled out a pheochromocytoma). I also have low testosterone and suffer from intermittent bouts of tachycardia (resting pulse of 170+), excessive sweating and my usual healthy blood pressure jumps to 180/100. I am trying to lose weight but a very strict diet and exercise regime have only resulted in a few kilos lost in the last 6 months :o(
So now onto the latest symptom - the back and sides of both legs is completely bald from the knee to my ankle, exactly where I get the pain when walking. I am a 41 year old man who has a higher than average covering of body hair. My wife says it looks like I've waxed my legs! Could my thyroid be responsible? The hair loss is quite recent and I only noticed when I was investigating a sore that had appeared on my right leg.
I am quite concerned about my overall health. I have always been in good shape physically but over the last 5 years I've gained 6 stone despite careful diet and the help of a personal trainer and also now suffer from phantom pains in my arms and legs. Could my thyroid really be the root cause of all this? I need to get this sorted but the NHS is so very slow and I only get 10 minutes with my endo every 6 months or so. When I have the money I will order some private thyroid level tests.