I was recently diagnosed with Atrial Fibrillation. I believe I have had this for years and have suffered palpitations when very hypo (TSH of 136 when diagnosed) as well as when hyper with post partum thyroidism.
I currently take T3 only - 80mcg as one dose first thing in the morning, prescribed by an NHS Endo (when I spread out dosage during the day my palpitations were awful). I am a lot better on T3 only than Levo but still suffer with tiredness, cannot lose weight and lose lots of hair. The Endo suggested I try NDT but said I need to see him privately for that as he cannot prescribe on the NHS.
My lastest results are:
T3 - 7.0 (4.2-6.9) High
T4 - <3.2 (7.7-20.6) Low
TSH - <0.02 (0.30-4.80) Low
Meanwhile, my Cardiologist thinks the AF is due to thyroid disfunction but doesn't know much about it (I had to teach him about TSH needing to be under 1, T4 being irrelevant when on T3 etc) and is referring me to another Endo. I have also been prescribed Flecainide 100mg twice daily and take 80mg Propanolol. I still have palpitations although they have improved on medication from 40 times a day to 5.
My question is, do you think a switch to NDT is worth a try? If so, should I go to the Endo privately to get it prescribed or just buy it myself? No idea of price and what's the better way to do it. I am also scared of feeling worse if I try and switch. Is the transition smooth? I had pneumonia most of last year and am sick of feeling ill. Or should I try reducing my T3 as I am slightly over range?
Thanks for any advice anyone can give xx