Hi - I have (today) been diagnosed with hypothyroidism and started on Levo 25 od.
I had a blood test a month ago after reporting fatigue and hair loss symptoms. I had Graves' disease 12 years ago and was treated with propylthiurocil (sp). I asked for a thyroid check on the basis of my symptoms and previous thyroid history.
My results came back as 'subclinical' with iron reported as low (serum ferritin 28 - range 20-100) but TSH was 6.0 (range 0.1-5.5)
My GP initially said he would not treat at this level and prescribed Iron tablets but I suggested that given my history there were indications of a thyroid problem so he scheduled a test for Antibodies (TPOAb)
This showed 234 (range 0 < 60) and so on this basis he prescribed Levo 25 with a repeat blood test (for TSH) in 6 weeks.
My T3 and T4 have not been tested and this is not routinely done at my surgery.
I have read (on this site) about a potential link between autoimmune conditions and gluten sensitivity- I would be happy to cut out gluten if it might improve my condition but I have 2 young children and work full time so don't have time (or energy!) for jumping on a "diet fad".
Is it worth me trying a gluten free diet? Is there any further testing that would show if I am gluten sensitive? (I can find a private gluten screening test but it says it's for caeliac which I think is a separate unrelated condition?)
The Nurse advised me that it may take a while to get the dose of Levo right but I would appreciate advice from anyone that has been on this journey so I can manage my health best as possible.
Thanks very much!