Hello everyone, I'm new here - due to the presence of a nodule (follicular neoplasm, 2cm, turned out to be benign) I had half my thyroid removed in September last year. Op went well, recovery was uneventful, felt more or less fine for the first few months. I moved to Germany in March this year, went to the doctor in May feeling tired, they did blood tests, and since my T4 was slightly below range (7.82 in a range of 8.90-17.6) they put me on 50mg levothyroxine tablets which also contain iodine (Henning Thyranojod 50). I do not have Hashimoto's, it just appears that what's left of my thyroid isn't keeping up with demand.
Since May I have felt progressively worse. I am constantly exhausted, have muscle aches, shortness of breath, and my hearing seems to be getting worse. It is a very physical tiredness - I am exhausted and my muscles feel heavy, and it is starting to get me down. I got tested again in July and results were as follows:
Ferritin = 20.1 (range: 13.0 - 150)
B12 = 221 (range: 211 - 911)
TSH = 0.85 (range: 0.55 - 4.80)
FT4 = 9.49 (range: 8.90 - 17.6)
The doctor told me to keep waiting and that I would start feeling better, so I gave it a few months but last weekend I found a bald patch on my scalp (about the size of a 10p coin) so I made another appointment and saw a different doctor today. She told me that my thyroid levels are optimal - she didn't appear to agree with me being on levo in the first place - and that there is no thyroid-related reason for me to feel bad. She said that my B12 is low, so I should just take some vitamins and that's that. She was pretty dismissive and didn't really seem to take my symptoms into account - she just focused on the blood work and basically implied my symptoms were psychosomatic.
Should I push to get my FT3 tested, or is the doctor right in saying that the current levels are optimal? Is there any possibility that my symptoms are thyroid related despite these results?
Re. B12 - I do not eat red meat, but I do eat fish, eggs, and dairy products regularly, so it seems odd that my B12 levels are so low. The doctor told me to take supplements and was reluctant to investigate this further - is it possible this isn't dietary related?
Grateful for any help or advice you can offer!