I'm on 75mcg Levothyroxine and, as of a week ago, 5mcg Liothyronine from Tiromel (please see my previous posts for Bloods info).
So; I'm wondering if anyone is able to tell me why my fatigue - and specifically, my aches and pains - are worse in the week running up to my period?
Surely it can't be iron levels, because as soon as the bleeding starts (and my iron levels presumably drop), I feel better?
As part of post-viral ME/ CFS (20 years now) I have suffered from chronic pain, and it's so agonising in the run-up to my period that my mobility drops to the point of being disabled, and I can't sleep without Tramadol. I basically drop out of social circulation due to physical symptoms, even though emotionally I feel fine.
I even double my dose of anti-depressants for half the month on my GP's suggestion to help ease the excruciating aching, as it's a low-dose painkiller.
I've been on the Turkish T3 medication Tiromel for a week now (a quarter pill - 5mcg - in the morning), and it's proved an incredible help already. In fact I'm thrilled!
However, I haven't yet hit my monthly PMT week/ fortnight, and I'd love to know if there's anything I'm missing with regards to my thyroid regulation. I'm 41 but this agony has been going on for a couple of years.
In fact, it's because of my menses highlighting my thyroid issues that I first went to my GP a couple of years ago; I felt my thyroid and the horrendous PMT were related, and it wasn't my ME/ CFS. But I don't know how my hormones affect my thyroid! Can anyone explain the link?
And more importantly, is anyone able to suggest how to self-medicate during the lead-up to my period, in order to avoid the pain/ complete shut-down of my system? Please let me know your thoughts.
As well as Levothyroxine and Liothyronine I'm taking Ferrous Fumerate, Vit D3 and Vit B12.
I'm 41, but not perimenopausal as I've had the blood test through my GP and anyway, this has been going on for nearly two years
Heartfelt thanks in advance for your input,