Hello, since my last post 11 days ago I increased my vitamin D intake to 4000 iu per day and I started taking K2 in the evening. My hand pain seemed to ease slightly even though it still hurt when I held my phone while lying down. I then decided given my TSH 2.6939 (0.2800 – 4. 6000) FT3 2.54 (1.40 – 4.20) T4 11 (8.0 – 22) that I was going to try T3 and 4 days ago I started taking a quarter of a 25 mg liothyronine tablet with my levo (100 mg), which I tend to take whenever my baby wakes me up during the night, between 3 and 8 am basically.
For the past 4 days I felt like I had more energy and was able to wake up earlier in the morning, but I also seemed to struggle sleeping more than usual. My baby has a very late bed time as in the past months I found it so difficult to get up in the morning. I am trying to change this, but somehow I don't seem to be able to fall asleep before 1-2 am. So even though I felt more awake and 'switched on' and I managed to do quite a lot in the past few days, my hands have been getting worse again and today my hands and feet are sore and visibly swollen (not red though) and my elbows hurt. My hands hurt when I'm holding my phone or typing, and the swelling between fingers is bothering me. The skin discolours for a few seconds after being pressed in all these areas. I am renovating my house so am doing physical jobs like install new shelves, decorate, sand floors etc. which to be honest is hard for me at the mo, and I noticed I often break into sweat while working and my temperature is slightly higher than usual, around 37.4 during the day (this not since T3, but since before. I have been taking temperature at wake up since before T3 and after T3 and it's the same, about 37 and my pulse around 66).
So to summarise, I have 2 questions:
-Is it possible that T3 is already affecting me after only 4 days in terms of difficulty sleeping but feeling more switched on?
-Could these symptoms: swollen and achy hands, feet and wrists, sweating when working even though I'm only wearing a t-shirt, slightly elevated temperature be a sign of Rheumatoid Arthritis?
Thanks a lot in advance for your help,