I just want to say how thankful I am for this community and how helpful you are!
I have been on t4 since August after being diagnosed with Hypothyroidism. (I take 50 mg every other day and 25 mg on the other days... a full pill then a half of one). However, I still feel exhausted, have bouts of depression and joint swelling, inability to focus and I cannot not lose weight despite diet and lifestyle adjustments (see below for more details). Therefore after researching different treatments I was thinking of trying t3 as well. However, my doctor doesn't agree. Could someone message me directly and let me know where I could get it and what dosages you recommend to start with? Or could you provide any other advice based on the info below?
Last test results from October 2016:
FT3 2,80 pg/ml (reference range 2.21-4.68)
fT4 1.11 ng/dl (reference range 0.730-1.95)
TSH basal 0.724 mIU/1 (reference range 0.270-4.20)
anti-TPO from July 13,2 IU/ml (reference range 0.0-35.0)
My thyroid is "diminished" and has black spots. However, my test results were fairly "normal". I have had symptoms starting at 12 years old with joint pain and the rest of the symptoms followed: depression, joint swelling (mostly in the knees... and no sign of injury), weight gain and retention despite a healthy diet and working out frequently.
Leading up to June last year I had been working out heavily... as if addicted to workouts (napping until the gym... to get my hit of endorphins then falling exhausted into bed afterward thinking I was doing my body good!) which rendered me completely useless in normal life. My joints were always swollen, I was depressed, having heart palpitations an could not lift anything anymore. After the diagnosis, I now only do walking and yoga, try to eat well and sleep a lot ( I slept a lot before... now I am doing it instead of working out too). This has led to a reduction in joint swelling but if I don't get enough sleep or am stressed etc, it returns.
After much research, I believe I have Hashimotos as it seems my body as "flare" like symptoms to stress (physical or mental). However, I do not know for sure as my test results for antibodies appear normal. I have eaten a gluten free diet for 10 years now. I am also soy free and am in the process of removing dairy and corn and reducing sugar as well as toxins in body products and cleaning supplies.
I was hoping to have more energy and less pain by now after life adjustments and the t4 but it just hasn't happened. Any advice would be great! thanks!