I'm completely new to all this having had my thyroid and then antibodies tested only a couple of weeks ago for the first time (TSH 9, T4 11, antibodies over 1000.)
I have had what I now realise were thyroid symptoms for around 5 years and have self treated with supplements such as iron for hair loss, B vitamins for fatigue, fish oils for brain fog etc etc. I cut out gluten 9 months ago and try to avoid it as much as posssible but not 100% of the time. I recently started vitamin D and folate. My health food shop sold me Thyroid Support which I took for a week but, having read half of The Root Cause yesterday, I have stopped the Thyroid Support as it contains 200mcg of iodine and I'm worried about taking this with Hashimotos.
My question is this- should I ask for levothyroxine straight away (the doctor is happy to prescribe) or spend 3 months following Hashimoto's Protocol and trying to reduce my antibodies? Or do both? The thing that worries me most about Hashimoto's is that I have read that, once the thyroid has been destroyed, the antibodies can start destroying other parts of the body resulting in things like MS, diabetes etc. I haven't seen a GP face to face since Monday night when they phoned with the test results. I have an appointment for the end of April and don't know whether to ask to see an endocrinologist. Are there any good/ sympathetic ones around Oxford that anyone knows of?
Sorry for the long post. Thank you in advance if anyone has any advice to offer.