First of all hello - this is my first post here
I had a Thyroid test 10 years ago in Germany - they diagnosed me with Hashimotos (TSH was borderline, T3 and T4 normal and I had antibodies - they did not, however put me on meds other than the pill due to irregular periods and at that time suggested that I will become hypo at one point).
I then moved to the UK shortly after and they had to go through all the checks again (which came back ok) and then I had the odd Thyroid test ever since (especially when I was feeling unwell) but it always came back "Normal" (whatever that means...). I want to add that I suffer from chronic stress and unless I stop working I will not be able to get rid of it - I have tried so many things but don't seem to cope very well on the whole.
So in March I had another test as I was feeling really unwell and lo and behold my TSH was 10.3 and my T4 was in the normal range - so they classed me as hypo. They explained to me that my pituitary gland is working extra hard to keep my levels normal so I should be put on Thyroxine. No test for T3 or antibodies nor any mentioning of Hashimotos by the way. Just a "here are some pills, take them for the rest of your life".
Now I took them for 2 months and then had to have another blood test. My TSH came back at 2.4 (!!!) - Is that even possible that it would drop so significantly within 2 months on 75 mg? I had to visit my GP in between and he even said that I probably need more as my levels are quite high. Now after the test the next GP tells me it wasn't that high anyway so that's quite normal. I mean, no wonder people are getting annoyed and turn to alternative medicine if you get conflicting answers..
I am feeling a bit better but I always do in spring but I also have been trying to lose weight and I am quite overweight (200 lb) and I lost a lot of weight in the past (until it came back) so I know what to do to lose weight. But the scales are not budging..I also increased my activity levels. Technically, the pounds should maybe not melt off but I should be able to see a significant difference. I am a bit frustrated right now and I can't afford private testing at the moment for T3 or anything else and my first GP said they won't do it (they did in Germany without even asking..but then, they also wanted to take my Thyroid out ..lol..overkill much)
I am grateful for the NHS but I sometimes wonder what the point is of GP's - everything they tell me I can find by googling myself. They did not refer me either but I am not sure if you always get referred to and Endocrinologist when you have abnormal TSH levels.