I havnt posted for a while since coming to terms with having hypothyroidism, acid reflux disease and now it seems vocal cord dysfunction (vcd)
My last bloods where taken in Nov 16 with results & ranges as follows;
TSH 4.55( 0.35-5)
Free T4 13.5(11-23)
Vit D 51(50-150)
Before today I was taking daily;
This morning however, I decided enough was enough. I needed to take some control over my body. I have never felt ok since being diagnosed in 2012. So armed with a copy of my blood results and all the info I have learnt over the years from health unlocked, thyroid UK & hypo thyroid mom. I went into my gp with an idea what I was hoping to help.
I wanted my Levo increasing, my argument being that I have put 3 stone in weight on in less than 2 years despite trying to eat better and exercise more which ultimately leaves me with no energy for days after. and if the weather changes well my body seizes up and instead of having the body of a 32 year old i am graced with feeling of over an 80!
I had a small rant about the awful notification last week when collecting my omeprazole that due to government guidelines they reduce my dosage. In which today they put back to normal! Victory 1! 😀
I told them I no longer wanted to be on 40mg of propranolol as its makes my hands feel even more cold, doesn't help with the anxiety attacks or migraines and this pointless. They reduced my dosage to 10mg, with a flexible trial period of upto 30mg a day should I need. Victory 2! 😀
Then I requested I increase my levo, my argument being that should I have more energy, then I can exercise more, eat better thus reduce the effects of acid reflux in turn lowering the dose, this would aid better absorption which would increase my other results (I did have treatment for vit b12, vit d, iron and folic acid in Jan 16, they seem to be ok for a while then get lower then need treatment again) to me it seems like a win win even if its not quite that simple.
My g.p. However was reluctant to agree with me, stating that should I increase my levo it would lower my tsh but make me feel worse. I was insistent I wanted to give it a try. So she suggested I raise my Levo to 75mg twice a week and test in 8 weeks time. Victory 3!😀
I am now having a little wobble, and questioning if I was right? And if so, im shocked at how little my gp knows. My understanding from my results and those previous( they've always been similar) is that the higher the tsh the harder the pituitary gland is working to stimulate the thyroid which isn't producing that much. Am I right?
Thank you all for your support. Sazzles x