I am of somewhat mature years being 80. I was first diagnoses with thyroid trouble when 32, after I caught Rubella from the children. I was then Hyperactive, and was on tablets for two years or so. Fast forward to my being 57 in 1994, when the goitre I had had from being in my teens got larger and I had it removed at Addenbrookes Hospital in Cambridge. The surgeon left enough of the thyroid gland to keep me well until 2008 when a blood-test showed I was now Hypothyroid and I was put on 50mcg of Thyroxine. Then in the summer of 2012 I felt very unwell and it was found that my thyroxine needed to be put up to 100mcg. Two years later it went up again to 125mcr then last year down to 100mcg again. Currently I don't feel at my best, and frankly am totally confused by all the information on here. I recently had my annual blood test done, and the only information on my thyroid given is that the
TSH was 3 mu/L 0.4-5.5.
I take my thyroxine at night and did not know to skip the one the night before the test.
I was screened for Hashimoto after a struggle on my part and was told I was alright. I got the feeling the Dr was not best pleased with me for asking.
I am very overweight and nothing I do seems to get it off, I sleep badly, and have a dreadful burning sensation in my feet, particularly at night.
I have been borderline diabetic for some years, if I could get the weight off I am sure that would improve, but because of this the Dr tends to point to the diabetes as the cause of my foot problems, I am not convinced.
Quite honestly I am beginning to feel as if no-one listens to me at the Dr's. last summer I went because one of my ankles was very swollen, they did a blood test and it turned out I was anaemic. Before I knew it I was being tested for stomach/bowel cancer, thankfully all negative, this in spite of my not having lost a gram in weight. Nothing was said about the swelling ankle!
Perhaps at my age it would be better if I quietly shuffled off this mortal coil and left them to get on with more important things.
I would like some advice on what the optimum results should be when they test my thyroid. Also if there are any supplements I should be taking.
Thanks for listening/reading.