I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s in June, as you can see my TSH was pretty high and I had Thyroid peroxidase antibodies. My symptoms were GI-related and tiredness. My iron was also low. So I’ve been taking iron supplements since June, and started taking levothyroxine. I started on 25mg, had blood tests every 6 weeks and have had the dose increased by GP gradually since – I did have to tell her I wanted it increasing from 50mg in October when the TSH was 2.53, she seemed to think that was OK. I have attached a summary I made of all my pertinent test results since June (I do like a spreadsheet!)
At my last test a month ago, TSH was 1.89. My GP says that is OK as I am well within range, even though previously she had said ideally she’d like to get my TSH down to 1-1.5, not sure what changed there. I can’t believe that no other thyroid parameters were measured, so I decided to get Free T4 and T3 measured myself privately with Blue Horizon. Everything is in range (TSH is actually lower now at 1.48), but I would like to know whether things are really optimal, or is there room for improvement? I am particularly anxious about this, as I am a runner and am training for the Boston Marathon, to be run end of April. I want to be a fit and well as I can I have felt less tired and my GI issues have improved. The big test is to come when I start doing the longer runs (I’m at 11.5 km at the moment, and doing ok).
As an aside, I was referred to a gastroenterologist last month to see why my iron levels aren’t increasing as it looks like there could be an absorption issue. He didn’t seem to think there is a problem as serum iron is not important, but ferritin and haemoglobin are, and they are OK. I am aware that hypothyroidism affects absorption of iron, but he didn’t seem interested in that aspect – so it seems that even GI specialists are ignorant when it comes to thyroid issues.
Anyway, I digress. What I’m really hoping for is some advice on my TSH/FT4/FT3 and whether I should be happy with the levels.