Hi, I am new to the site. 49 yo female in East Sussex. Have had hypothyroidism for 20+ years (diagnosed) though I believe I had this for many years before it was finally recognised as such. I had the years of struggle, being told nothing was wrong, its kids, its stress, your thyroid results are fine. Well they were not and eventually with antibodies in thousands and a sky high TSH I was prescribed Thyroxine which did absolutely nothing for the following few years. Turned to the internet and found groups like this and went to see Dr Durrant-Peatfield. After many years of feeling awful (you all know the score on that one) I was recommend to take Armour and a cocktail of supplements and slowly I got my life back. For many years everything was fine until I could no longer get the Armour (there was some kind of shortage) and they then quadrupled the price and I went for a lower cost option. I went on Naturethroid and have spent the past 3 years deteriorating, gained nearly four stone, have a pulse rate in low 50's and feel exhausted all the time. My whole skeleton aches sometimes so bad it wakes me up at night. I have been to my GP who referred me to an Endo (first time ever) and guess what, he has insisted I am hyperthyroid and must stop taking this unregulated medication immediately as I am making myself ill. He made me stop all medication for a few weeks then ordered blood test (I am waiting on the results as they are going back to him at the hospital) I feel like I am in the land of the living dead! He has prescribed 100mcg of levothyroxine, I previously was taking 3 grain (195mg) of Naturethroid. I do not get any heart palpations or sweats but the report the endo sent to my doctor said implied i was a liar!
Blood results from June as follows:-
Free T4 17
This is all that is on the report with no reference ranges etc.
I am feeling really low and dont know what to do, after all these years I finally see an Endo and he did exactly what I thought they would do, make me stop the medication. I do not understand why the Naturethroid was not working as well as Armour? I thought they were the same thing.,Why is my pulse rate so low, when I was "well" it was between 75-85 on average. I just want to feel better and get back to normal. Any feedback or advice gratefully received.