I have been a 'silent' member for some time now, and have found the information on this site to be invaluable in my journey to returning to something resembling a human being rather than a zombie! I just wanted to share a little of what I have gone through with the thought that my story may give others hope while they are working towards returning to human being-ness once again.
I was admitted to hospital in December 2012 on three occasions because of horrendous hives and angioedema (to the point where my airway was being restricted). The hives and swelling were brought under control with a cocktail of steroids and antihistamines. Did I feel better - absolutely not! Did anyone question my 3 stone weight gain and feeling beyond exhausted? Absolutely not! I did lots of research myself and concluded there may be a thyroid connection to the hives and the weight gain and the tiredness. My GP told me this was silly and unlikely but I begged to have my thyroid tested. Lo and behold - it was underactive. I don't have the full panel from this point in time but I do remember my TSH was 16 and my TPO level was >2000.
I have battled for 5 years with GPs who do not understand but now, I have a decent GP, pay for my own private blood tests to keep an eye on things, and I am in the best shape I have been for a long time and I've lost that three stone with a little bit more thrown in for good measure! I take 150mcg thyroxine, 3mg LDN (to settle my immune system and stop it from wrecking my body) and supplement with 200ug Selenium, 1000ug Vitamin B12 and 2000IU Vitamin D. My latest results are TSH 0.20 (range 0.27-4.2), Free T4 22.3 (12-22), Free T3 5 (3.1-6.8). TPO is down to 311.0 (0-34) which is dramatically improved from over >2000! And yes, my GP is fine with them being a little out of range as she understands TSH suppression and high T4 work well for Hashimoto's patients. I also used to run 5k several times a week and I'm now back training to do the same.
Please PLEASE listen to your own body and do your own research and be persistent - if your doctor does not listen then change and get one who does.
Finally - thanks to all of you who have posted in the past and have helped me learn all that has given me my health and my life back. I wish you all health and healing for many years to come... thank you!