I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism about 10 days ago I've been started on levothyroxine and have been on it for 7 days. My blood results were:
TSH :4.22 mIU/L(0.3-3.94)
Free T4 : 11. pmol /L(12.3 - 20.2
Folate levels came back within range >20.0 ug/L - I'm on supplement though
B12 wasn't tested!!! Despite the fact that I've been lt PPI user - I'm stopping this now down to 7mg from 15 and using ratanadide to help me cope with rebound reflux
Other blood results which I don't understand
6 months ago started having epigastric soreness, nausea, flactulace and can eat much and have cut out all trigger foods and sort of tried FODMP and probiotic symprove but nothing is working. Had endoscopy, ultra sound, barium swallow and CT scan but all that's come back is constipation, quite bad
They are saying it's IBS but I've had its for 20 in my bowel and this feels different in that the pain is soreness not cramping and is higher at bottom of my breastbone and it is always there to some degree. Also nausea is daily ongoing relentless to varying degrees of intensity. Despite restricted food intake I have gained weight not lost as I would have expected to. Gone from 10st 4lb to 12st 6lbs.
Have suffered from depression for decades but it has become far more severe in past 5 years and dreadful in past 2 years. I have lost my job (was a social worker) and struggled with getting benefits. Finally secured occupational pension so now financially secure. Also suffered sexual assault in 2013 and badly injured my coccyx and it took nhs 8 months to get me into surgery for this
What led me to get blood test and discover hypothyroid was worsening moods despite antidepressants and weight gain despite reduced food intake Also aced everywhere and was tiered all the time but psychiatrist an GP put all this down to depression. I knew deep down there was something else wrong, I just knew
Since starting levo and cutting ppi to very low dose my stomach pain is worse. I take 7mg of ppi in morning before food and levo midnight 4 hours after my supper
Will the gut irritation subside? Been on levo for 7 days.
How fast does weight start to drop, seen no reduction yet
Are the tummy problems described familiar to anyone else? I was hoping they were linked to hypo and when I started levo they might improve, but not so far.
If levo doesn't work well how much of a chance of getting the natural thyroid via GP on NHS.
All in all I I'm feeling quite desperate, although my energy/fatigue aches have reduced a bit in last couple of days.
Very worried about my tummy problems which just will not get better despite huge efforts on my part to avoid processed food, alcohol, coffee,
Weight gain has left me feeling utterly miserable. When my mood is not too bad I walk a lot. About 1 1/2 hours most days. But it makes no difference.
Any support or guidance would be so appreciated