This my first time on this chat = Its been great to see so many other people sharing their thyroid stories. Its also good to see others know how I feel most days.
As a lady who has been taking levothyroxine for more than 25 years ( I was 27 yrs old when the problem was picked up in UK ) I am looking for a way to shake off this sluggish feeling. I started taking .50 per day and over time I have increased to a dose of .225 per day. Most days I am tired, cold, have dry itchy skin, hair loss and despite my best efforts slightly overweight.
I moved to The Netherlands 23 years ago and they have a very relaxed attitude towards medication here ( this is a reluctance to rush into tests). The favorite comment from Dutch doctors is that I do too much. During the last 5 years I have asked various doctors for a range of tests as I have constant muscle pains and aching bones. I have been taking large doses of Vitamin D and Calcium. I found this odd as I am outside and in the sunshine whenever possible and I eat well. Every day I try to notch up 10,000 steps - I walk /cycle go to the gym and do yoga. But I feel that my body does not remember the exercise. Another annoying trait is loosing track of time if I sit down to read a book or watching TV - I fall asleep and feel very stiff when I need to get up.
For an easy fix doctors here try to say I am depressed - which I am not, so I have refused their offer of going to take anti depressives or painkillers.
My question is should I request a T3 tests as they currently they test my TSH & T4 ?.
Over the years I have become intolerant to garlic - one doctor told me this was because the thyroid problems effect your intestines - is this true ?
Any advice will be gratefully received.