I was diagnosed as underactive thyroid around 18 years ago. As per the NHS guidelines I was prescribed T4 - after regular blood tests I ended up on 175mg per day as my levels showed that this was where I should be, I did try 200mg but had palpitations.
Although I was feeling better than I had been with slightly higher energy levels, I still felt this surely wasn't it - I was 4 stone overweight, puffy eyes, skin, hair, nails. I decided to start researching my condition. I read about Dr Peter Durrant-Smith and went to see at his Crawley clinic, he prescribed me with Armour, T3 and Prednisalone - I had finally found my saviour, this mix worked wonders on me, I finally was my old self again, all my symptoms became under control. Then the unthinkable happened - after a couple of years Dr Durrant had to stop practicing and supplying Armour - I had to source it somewhere else.
I found Dr McGovern who was practicing in Harley St. London - although his consultancy fees were extremely expensive including having to pay for the Armour. I decided to speak to my GP - at first he was aghast that I would be taking this drug but as it was him who originally diagnosed me and knew how bad I was , I reasoned with him and also he could see how well I was looking, by this time I had taken off the 4 stones in weight and I was glowing, he agreed to source the Armour, T3 & Prednisalone.
So my story moves along quite happily, I moved twice to different areas of Essex and had to implore my new GP's why I was on this cocktail and they carried on with my prescription.
Then 3 years ago a new GP started at my surgery and questioned my repeat prescription, he was not happy about prescribing me this and after going through this with him said I should go back onto T4 as the NHS could not supply this any longer.
I asked to referred to a Endocrinologist at Broomfield Hospital Essex who is against Armour, I thought I should give it a go and try T4 again. I have to say this was one of the worse decisions I have ever made. I was under prescribed for 6 months, when I kept trying to contact the consultant I was told by his secretary the level was fine, but I knew I was gradually deteriorating every month - finally being able to get another appointment with the consultant he was shocked that my levels were so low and he told me he had been off work for 6 months after a back op!!!
I went back to my GP and ask to be referred to Addenbrooke Hospital - Prof. Chatterjee, he also is against Armour, although he has now got me to what he believes to acceptable levels, I am not happy to stop here and I feel he is not prepared to take it any further if the levels are showing OK. I am now taking 125mg (T4) and 5mg (T3) daily (2.5 morning & 2.5mg afternoon), my levels are as follows:
TSH = 0.03(L)
Free T4 = 17.8
Free T3 = 5.1
My symptoms are all bad, I have gained 3 stone in weight which I can't shift, no energy, nails, eyes, digestions, skin, swelling ankles, hair loss, lack of libido, joint pains ..... the list goes on.
I think I have come to the conclusion I want to go back on Armour - I know this will have to be private, I need help to find a consultant who will prescribed it for me. I live in Essex - I am prepared to travel.
Thanks for reading my long tail!!