I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism in Australia in 2008 just after second baby (TSH was 38.45 and raised thyroid antibodies, also had low ferritin and high cholesterol). At time, was busy juggling newborn and toddler so I saw an endo for a few months to settle on a dose of levothyroxine of 100mg a day Mon - Fri; 200 mg on Weekends and thought no more about it. Been treated via GP ever since.
I think though I've still had symptoms of an underactive thyroid for years and it's come to head for me since having baby #3. I stopped breastfeeding in March 2016 and still felt knackered, sore joints, cold, brain fog and most of all for me, thinning hair. I really want to feel as well as possible as I juggle three children/work/life. I started to lobby GP and been on iron tablets (ferrous sulphate) since August 2016 as iron store was very low (23!), it's since gone up to 57ug/l after taking 3 tablets of ferrous sulphate a day (200mg x 3). But my hair is still rubbish and also my diet is iron-rich so I don't understand why my stores are low. I went to see a dermatologist who told me I had female pattern baldness.
Quietly devastated, but also really thinking they haven't looked at me holistically. Am I still showing signs of underactive thyroid, could I feel better? Really don't want to discover high cholesterol/heart disease as just turned 40. So at great expense have private appt with endo on Thursday. Have had following bloods done in prep via GP:
TSH - 0.4 miu/L (0.2-5.5)
Serum free T4 - 17.2 pmol/L (10.0-24.5)
Serum cortisol - 234 nmol
TSH - 1.1
Serum ferritin - 57 ug/L (10-300) *been on 300 mg daily of ferrous sulphate tablets since Aug 2015)
cholesterol - 5.3
Also back in August 2015:
B12 - 451 ng/l (180-1000)
Serum folate >23.2 ug/L (>4.00)
Have had a few other tests over last 18 months, where every so often I get concerned, but am now galvanised to try and make sure I'm on optimal treatment/anything I'm missing especially in terms of vitamins. I know this is a big ask and long email! Please help!