Hello all. This my first time posting (but long time reader!) from the US. I have dealt with hypothyroidism since the birth of my third child 28 years ago. Like many of you, it took 4 doctors and varying diagnoses of heart murmur, mitral valve prolapse, chronic fatigue, depression, and just plain crazy/hypochondriac, before a doctor finally diagnosed me correctly. It has been a challenge ever since. After a couple of years and much research, I finally convinced the diagnosing doctor to switch me to Armour and FINALLY became "normal" again after a number of adjustments. After several moves and different doctors who wanted me to switch to Synthroid and/or reduce my 1.5 grain dose, I began relying on my own symptoms and treatment. With the help of this site, I have become more expert on hypothyroidism than most of the doctors who treated me over the years. I feel comfortable treating myself, but I believe my 66 year old husband has developed hypothyroidism. I would like to get confirmation from this group that he is currently sub-clinically hypothyroid. His August lab work showed the following:
TSH 2.91 Reference .4 - 4.5 Optimal 1.2 - 1.3 or lower on NDT
Free T3 2.9 Reference 2.3 - 4.2 Optimal 3.3
Free T4 1.1 Reference .8 - 1.8 Optimal 1.2 - 1.3
His Vitamin D was 32 Reference 30 - 100 (we are supplementing that with 5000 D3 and K). No other vitamins or minerals were tested. He takes a good multi-vitamin and high dose vitamin C (3 grams) as well as 12.5 Iodoral and B2 B3 cofactors.
Really the only major symptoms he has are occasional leg cramps and weight gain. He also sweats profusely with minimal exertion. We play tennis almost every day and go to the gym-he has had a hip replacement so he does the elliptical and I do the treadmill for 3 miles. We get a lot of exercise. I take Nature-Throid and order it for myself. Our current doctor did not see a problem with his thyroid. He has gained, in the last 15 years, about 40-50 lbs. and has what appears to me to be a goiter. It may just be a large double chin from the additional weight. I would greatly appreciate this groups opinion on whether or not to start a small dose of Nature-Throid with my husband (who is willing to do this). He is 6'2" (188 cm) and weighs 262 lbs. (even though his cholesterol was only 185) so I thought a trial of 1/2 grain might be appropriate.
Thank you all who graciously give your time to help others on this site. I value your opinions as they are spot on!!!