Hi, I have been on levothyroxine for about 10 years now - I'm a 55 yr old single mother of a 13 year old boy - and am also on combined HRT and have been for the past 5 years. No problems with blood pressure or history of heart disease or cancer in the family. My problem is that while I did see an improvement in my fatigue symptoms when I first started taking T4, for a long time now I have gone backwards on this although I've never quite reached the levels of exhaustion I was at before my diagnosis. However, I don't feel that my levels of concentration have ever really improved to any extent making things like reading books a virtual impossibility. I did manage to lose 3 and a half stone by adopting a very low calorie total meal replacement diet (600 cals a day) in 2011 but when I stopped this the weight has now all gone back on, plus another stone. I had a check up on my levels just last week and was told everything was fine but once again, when I mentioned my constant tiredness it was brushed off.
Almost two years ago now I went to see my GP because I really thought I was depressed as I never had any energy to do anything, had no interest in doing anything in any case, suffered from constant brain fog and poor memory.
Last night I saw Trust Me I'm A Doctor on BBC 1 and for the first time ever heard about T3. I am going to make an appointment with my GP to ask about being prescribed T3 but am worried that I'll just be brushed off so want to know that if I buy T3 online what would be a safe dose to take with my current T4 dosage.
I used to be the sort of person who put make-up on as habitually as cleaning my teeth and my house was clean and tidy. Now, as I write this at 3pm in the afternoon, I am still in the clothes I threw on this morning to do the school run and there are two bags of shopping still lying the middle of the kitchen floor from 18 hours ago because I just can't be bothered to put the stuff away. I must have walked around those two bags about 40 times but they're still there.
I will go and get a shower shortly as I have to pick up my son and take him to football training but frankly, if it wasn't for him, I think I'd be much worse. Because of him I force myself to do certain things like keeping a reasonable standard of domestic cleanliness (but nowhere close to how I used to be) and cooking proper food.
Having found out about T3 I am desperate to try this in combination with my T4 to see if this is what I need to reclaim the woman I used to be.
Any help would be much appreciated. I am Cardiff.