My GP would never put me on thyroid meds because my blood tests were always in the 'normal' range; however, I felt absolutely horrible and with my family history of hypothyroidism, I new something was up. I went to 3 different GPs and was told I had fibromyalgia, it was just menopause, it was arthritis, it was chronic fatigue syndrome etc. So I took things into my own hands - I sourced NDT and within 2 weeks was no longer falling asleep at my desk and in 4 weeks, muscle and joint pain was gone, my hair stopped falling out, I slept better, was getting up earlier - all good!
I'm always concerned that one day I will not be able to source my NDT, so I have a new GP that is wonderful and listens, but before he will prescribe me anything he wanted to take blood while on NDT and then after being off of it for 3 weeks. So here is what happened:
Before ever going on it: TSH 2.7 (0.27-4.2); Free T4 13.0 (11.0-25.0), Free T3 3.8 (3.1-6.8)
On NDT: TSH 1.21; Free T4 11.3; Free T3 (lab refused to test)
After Being off NDT for 3 weeks: TSH 1.72; Free T4 13.2 ; Free T3 4.6; Thyroid Peroxidase IgG Ab 9.6 (<34.0)
As a result of being off the meds for 3+ weeks, my fatigue returned as well as muscle/joint pain and my hair started thinning again. He is consulting with an endocrynologist and I'm to see him today. he believes that something is going on, but needs to explain it scientifically. He said if it was just between him and I he would prescribe me meds, but if I were to move or another doctor take over he wants to make sure that he can justify the prescription. I have since gone back to self medicating and feel 100% times better. My question in the long drawn out message is why would my T4 drop while on NDT?
Thank you in advance for your responses