Hello lovely people,
My question is, do others, who feel that they are correctly replaced, still feel a greater level of exhaustion than those without hypothyroidsim?
Do things tire you out more than they would someone who doesn't have hypothyroidism?
Does anyone feel 'normal', as if they don't have hypothyroidsm?
Am I being unrealistic to expect to feel like someone who doesn't have hypothyroidism (or close to it)?
Below is some more information for those who would like it:
I have Hashimoto's Hypothyroidism and I'm being treated with T4 and T3:
Here's the numbers:
TSH: 0.01 (Range 0.3 - 5)
FT4: 9.2 (Range 9 -21)
TT3: 2.3 (Range 0.9 - 2.5)
When I got these results I was taking 75mcg of T4 and 35mcg of T3.
I am now taking 50mcg T4 and 40mcg T3 but don't have the results for this yet.
(All my vitamin levels are fine and I take extra vitamins and have looked into this and have concluded that this is not the problem)
I began taking just Levothyroxine but after doing no better on it for a year I asked for T3 to be added with a view to eventually taking T3 only. However I am very much getting to the point where I'll probably only be able to raise my T3 and drop my T4 once more (if at all) before my T3 goes above range.
The T3 made a huge difference to me, and I stopped being depressed and was less tired. However, I had hoped that once I was on T3 only (which I pretty much am) to be restored to 'normal' and feel more like a person who does not have hypothyroidism. One endo said to me I would probably always feel a little more tired than other people and I thought that would be okay, I could live with that.
However, now, with my blood results in the right places, and taking the maximum amount of T3, I still feel no where near 'normal' in terms of tiredness.
(I have been through the stages also where the T4 was higher and the T3 lower when I was taking more T4 and less T3, so I have tried all the combinations of T3 and T4).
I work 2 days a week and recently the hours I do in a day have become longer and I have more to do in a day, and I'm going to have to leave my job as it utterly exhausts me, everything exhausts me. I feel that the job is something that someone without Hypothyroidism could do, and I see my friends and family able to do much more than me without becoming exhausted.
I'm not really looking for reasons for why I feel so tired, or advice on how to feel less tired as such. I'm more interested in hearing if anyone feels 'normal', as if they don't have hypothyroidism?
Because that is the Drs stance, the general wisdom - if you replace the hormone you will feel normal again as there will be nothing wrong with you as the hormone has been replaced.
But I have a feeling this isn't true, but I'm not sure of the extent of how much it isn't true. I'm wondering if I'm being unrealistic to expect to feel like someone who doesn't have hypothyroidism (or close to it).
Thanks for reading xx