Hi Everyone. I'm Jen.
I'm transgender first of all.
For the past 9 months I have been progressively feeling worse and worse, and the hypo symptoms prompted me to get a Thyroid test from my GP which came back within range.
Still feeling all these symptoms that perfectly fit with Hypothyroid ( hair falling out, constantly tired, dry skin etc ) I decided to take matters into my own hands and pay for a test which also tested for thyroid antibodies.
Here are the results:
Thyroid Stimulating Hormone - 2.46 ( range 0.2 - 4.2 )
Free Thyroxine - 14.58 ( range 12 - 22 )
Total T4 - 82.0 ( range 59 - 154 )
Free T3 - 4.19 ( range 3.1 - 6.8 )
*Thyroglobulin Antibody - 401.0 ( range 0 - 115 ui/ml ) HIGH!!
Thyroid Peroxidase - 23.0 ( range 0 -34 ui/ml )
I definitely want to start treatment to try and get my TGAB antibodies down, as well treat the symptoms I'm experiencing.
I was wondering if anyone could give me any advice on what would be a sensible starting dose? I don't feel my GP knows much about this if I'm being perfectly honest and I cant afford yet to fund private treatment. I feel the NHS just look at my levels being normal and treat me like a stat sheet, instead of someone with real issues.
So a few things:
1 ) What would be most effective based on my labs. Would it be Armor or Levo or perhaps both? Does anyone have a preference?
2 ) Is anyone familiar with the study of euthyroid hashimoto's. It says that "After 1 year of therapy with LT4, TPO-Abs and B lymphocytes decreased significantly only in the treated group of euthyroid patients with HT"
3 ) What starting dose would lower TSH by 1 to get me closer to 1.0-14 to see if my symptoms improved. I have heard that just taking 25mcg could lower your thyroid activity even further? Is this true?
Thank you so much to this community I have learned so much