I am starting to feel desperate as I can't work out where to go next. I am unsure whether I am under medicated, over medicated or just inappropriately medicated! I have been on Levothyroxine for 2 and a half years and initially I felt better on it, the only symptom that remained was brain fog, but it did improve a bit. I was on 75mcgs until recently when I started to get some of my old symptoms return. These include slight weight gain, bad brain fog, low mood and numb fingers. My levels at the time were:
FT3 4.1 (3.8-6)
I persuaded my GP to up me to 100mcgs and 6 weeks later my levels were:
TSH 0.27 (0.35-3.5)
FT4 13 (8-21)
Unfortunately the lab refused to do the T3. I still have the numb fingers but I have lost some weight. However, the brain fog has got a little worse.
I feel like I can't function properly, for a decade I have had low motivation, clouded thinking, I struggle to remember names and faces and I find I snap easily and have a bad temper. I have two small children and I feel I can't be a good mum to them as I have no motivation to go out and do things with them and snap at them which I hate. I struggle in my job, I was an intelligent girl but now I feel like an idiot, I can't concentrate on anything, I can't process information, it's like my brain just doesn't work anymore.
Where do I go next?!
Do I increase my dose even though TSH is low and my brain fog has worsened?
Do I decrease my dose as maybe the irritability is due to being over medicated? I worry if I did this the numb fingers would get worse as this symptom went when I first started levo.
Do I consider trying other treatment options like adding in some T3 or changing to NDT?
Please help me and offer me some advice or success stories that you may have had. I feel like there is no light at the end of the tunnel at the moment. I have tried everything I can to make sure I am in my best health, I supplement and have everything in good range, except iron which I struggle with even with supplementing. I am gluten and dairy free, eating mostly a whole foods diet and I take selenium.
Do I go a step further and try the autoimmune diet? Should I look into adrenals or something else? Any other tests you think I might need?
I really appreciate everyone who takes the time to read this. Please comment, even if you think it won't help much, I just need some ideas! Thank you so much.