Hi everybody, I'm new here. I've been reading accounts of struggle with incompetent doctors from other forum users. Being a victim of one myself I've decided to ask about your opinion what should I do next.
I'm 34 male. Around 8 years ago from healthy and full of energy I've quickly turned into cold, depressed, very tired version of myself. I had muscles and joint pains and dry eyes and skin. Back then I had no idea (or ever head about such a thing), neither my GP have told me that I could have had thyroid issue. My patch of feeling really terrible improved somewhat after one year. Currently after fixing as many things as there are in my control (diet, sleep, removing stress, exercise) I feel overall better, yet I still have periods (usually weeks, sometimes months) of feeling completely drained of physical and mental energy and being 'brain fogged'. I struggle to have any energy for my family or for doing anything else then 9-5 job (that I'm lucky to do from home, commuting makes me very tired).
After one private consultancy (doctor opinion - depression ...), and NHS GP visit (after blood tests doctor said that if I don't get other symptoms she will not prescribe me T4 - I guess I need to loose my hair and gain weight first ?) I decided to help myself instead.
I've been experimenting now with some Iodine supplements (400mcg of Kelp tablets + selenium), and that seems to be helping slightly. I was thinking about experimenting with low dose of synthetic T4 as it seems that it's my FT4 that is on a lower side, not my FT3. Does it always makes sense to use Natural Desiccated Thyroid instead of Synthetic T4 ? I would be very grateful for your opinion on that matter.
My blood results from August:
TSH: *5.73 [ 0.27 - 4.20 ] (6.45 January)
FT3: 3.5 [ 2.0 - 4.4 ]
FT4: 1.05 [ 0.93 - 1.71 ]
TgAb: *478 [ 0.0 - 115.0 ]
TPOAb: 40.1 [ 0 - 60 ]
Vitamin B12: 1001 [ 191 - 663 ] (514 January)
Vitamin D: 52.3 ng/ml [ 30 - 100 ] (29.8 January)
Folic Acid: 16 ng/ml [ 5 - 19 ] (13 January)
Ferritin: 157 ng/ml [ 30 - 400 ] (175 January)
Transferrin: *2.12 g/l [ 2.15 - 3.65 ]
Serum Iron: 83 mcg/dl [ 60 - 170 ]
Rest of the blood test seemed fine, with Hemoglobin slightly under the normal range.
PS. Observation - addition of chicken liver to my diet greatly increased amount of Vitamin B12 in my blood (From ~500 in January to ~1000 in August).