Hi, I am male & 43 and my GP has been monitoring my thyroid function 6 monthly for the last 3/4 years without me really paying much attention other than being told each time its slightly raised and to return again in 6 months for a re-test.
So at the beginning of this year (2017) I switched a 20 a day smoking habit to electronic vaping in January & have since not touched a cigarette & now only use a very low dose of nicotine in my vaping e juice.
Then in May I joined slimming world to support my wife after years of her yo-yo dieting and have successfully lost over 2 stone in weight and even been taken off the medication I had been on for approximately 6 years treating high blood pressure after slowly lowering the dose myself.
So although I've lost weight and am generally healthy I was still feeling lethargic, always tired and lacked any get up and go which I'd previously put down to my generally unhealthy lifestyle. But after giving up the cigs, loosing weight I find myself suffering bouts of extreme tiredness even more than before, the feeling as if I can't swallow my food & generally unwell to be informed by my doctor that I have Sub-Hypothyroidism & that it has been up and down between 4.5 & 6.5 he then shows me the reading on the screen with the other a higher reading he tells me is a little low.
Your going to ask a string of questions but I have no idea what all this is and I have no idea what tests I should be having or not having etc.
Anyway I was given the option to continue monitoring or to start medication which is 25mcg of levothyroxine which I have now been taking for 5/6 weeks & was booked in for blood tests & review later this month.
So in my ignorance I have been taking the tablets as instructed first thing in the morning & waiting 1 hr before eating or having my morning coffee, this has gone well with nothing to report really except that is until I started a couple of weeks ago with a headache which is like a tired headache but constant it goes off with a couple of paracetamol but you know its still there just surpressed, I've also been waking numerous times in the night feeling as if I haven't slept in between then when I get up I feel exhausted all day, very little energy.
I took the earliest doctors appointment Yesterday and told him that if this continues I shall take myself off the tablets because I don't want to ruin christmas for my wife & kids by feeling this way thinking I'm suffering some kind of side effect but he's persuaded me to continue but bring forward my blood tests so they can see if the Levo is helping.
I have managed to obtain a cancellation tomorrow morning but have been reading up on this very informative site that I should be having maybe other tests for vitamins and antibodies etc. can anyone tell me exactly what I need to ask / insist that they test for & I shall ensure I get all my results to share as there is alot of experience & knowledge on here which may help.
Oh the other thing is that my normal weight loss experienced prior to starting the Levo has stopped, I am still following the slimming world plan which is not a diet but more a lifestyle change and im worried the medication is effecting the weight loss although the doctor I spoke to this week said this wasn't the case.
I'm at my wits end and almost wished I hadn't started the Levo & getting no real support from my GP seems to be the norm from what I have read on here so I want to go armed to the blood test ensuring I request all the right tests & then at my follow up appointment with the better GP at the practise next week I want to be armed with all the info and relevant questions I need answering etc.
Sorry for such a massive post & I hope you have managed to read through to this point.
Thank you in advance for your assistance.