For those of you in the UK, I have the following questions:
1) Have you managed to get an NDT on prescription from your GP, and if so how? Also, which NDT? I’m not keen on trying the ‘new’ (old news now!) formula Armour, due to what I’ve read. My GP is a nice guy who just *might possibly* be convinced into prescribing me an NDT – especially since porcine/ bovine thyroid supplements (Nutri Thyroid, etc) have had a positive effect on me in the past.
2)Going off-prescription, which NDTs have you bought online that worked for you? And can you please PM me your reliable online source - especially for Thiroyd, which looks good to me? I'm a bit overwhelmed by the searching process and really just need to be pointed in the right direction for someone trustworthy who sells good quality products.
3)In terms of T3 meds, have these worked for you on a self-medicating basis? And again, can you please PM me your reliable source? I’m confused by what’s on offer, and again, I don’t know which websites are trustworthy to use.
I’ve been on Levothyroxine for around 15 years but it hasn’t been working for me for some time – although of course my TSH levels are fine (TSH Serum currently 1.42).
I’ve just been back to my GP to ask him to test my T3 and he wouldn’t, but he is testing my T4 (awaiting results).
Due to obvious NHS restrictions my GP couldn’t prescribe me T3 meds Liothyronine, and in any case was adamant that it was unproven to help.
However, my hypothyroid issues (extreme pain, energy levels brain-fog, memory, body temperature) are getting worse and I am desperate. I’m living on Tramadol and other codeine-based painkillers that are acting as a plaster rather than addressing the cause. They’re also incompatible with a family life with two young kids, as I’m generally either doped up to the eyeballs or in extreme agony!
Previously, I have tried Nutri Advanced branded supplements such as Nutri Thryoid and Nutri Adrenal Extra. These definitely helped, but were expensive, and since I was taken off Incapacity Benefits by ATOS last year, money is in short supply. Also, I was advised by my naturopath at the time not to take them for longer than 3-6 months (which, having researched online, I believe to be the correct way to use them).
My health has plummeted during the past year or two and I’m certain it’s all related to my thyroid not getting the support it needs. My hypothyroid symptoms always gets much worse in the week+ leading up to my period, so I'm fairly sure it's at different levels during different times of the month.
I’m a 41 year-old woman who has had ME/ CFS with chronic pain for twenty years. I’ve been Hypothyroid for similar time (in fact I believe it pre-dates – if not paved the way – for the ME). Need. Help. Desperately!
Many thanks for your time (and for sharing your useful online shopping sources!). Your localised info will prove invaluable, I’m sure. I'm concerned with regards to the kids' summer holidays coming up when my energy levels are so low and the chronic pain so high!
PS: I live in Sussex. If anyone is able to recommend me a knowledgeable NHS Endocrinologist with a keen interest in thyroid issues, I would love to know! Thanks again