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Tinnitus and Vertigo

I have Been having problems lately with ringing in the ear n vertigo and anxiety even dizzy n exhausted all the time Bad brain fog feel like I’m a bit crazy... Are these normal symptoms if your tsh is 2.7??? My T3 n T4 are normal but I usually function best when tsh is 1.0?? It seems to slowly get worse my dr says I don’t need more meds im taking 0.88of synthyroid n have been for 6 years. but I feel not fine n it scares me that something worse is wrong if it’s not my thyroid I seriously have my sellf convinced I have MS ... anyone else have these symptoms??

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It's rather doubtful that anyone can be optimally medicated on 88 mcg Synthroid. It's a very small dose. But, we would have to see your labs to comment further. Do you have a copy? If not, I would strongly advise you to get one, and not just take your doctors word for anything - he doesn't have the same vested interest that you do!

Having said that, all those symptoms can be due to low B12. Have you had your B12 tested?

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Those symptoms suggest low B12 , which is often low if Thyroid is under treated

Get B12, folate, ferritin and vitamin D tested.

If you have high thyroid antibodies then this is autoimmune thyroid disease also called Hashimoto's

Very likely to have low vitamin levels

Hashimoto's affects the gut and leads to low stomach acid and then low vitamin levels

Low vitamin levels stop Thyroid hormone working

Poor gut function can lead leaky gut (literally holes in gut wall) this can cause food intolerances. Most common by far is gluten

According to Izabella Wentz the Thyroid Pharmacist approx 5% with Hashimoto's are coeliac, but over 80% find gluten free diet helps significantly. Either due to direct gluten intolerance (no test available) or due to leaky gut and gluten causing molecular mimicry (see Amy Myers link)

But don't be surprised that GP or endo never mention gut, gluten or low vitamins. Hashimoto's is very poorly understood

Changing to a strictly gluten free diet may help reduce symptoms, help gut heal and slowly lower TPO antibodies

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They are also clinical symptoms of hypothyroidism so you probably need an increase. "Normal'" is meaningless if we have hypothyroid symptoms and the aim is a TSH of 1 or lower, not higher.

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Over the last couple of weeks I’ve been having labrynthitis when lying in bed, the first week was the worst and it was when I turned my head to look at the clock.

So this last Monday I rang and asked if the doctor would call me. A couple of hours later the duty doc called and told me to go and see her that afternoon. She said I had lots of wax in my ears and told me to put olive oil in them twice a day for two weeks. She also gave me exercises to do to put the crystals in my ear back into position. I’m not anywhere near as bad now so the oil is helping, but those exercises are horrid to do even if they are supposed to work. Lol

Off topic now...

While I was there I asked if she would issue my new levo prescription to save me doing it online this week. So she looked at my last results and told me as my TSH was below range, I had to reduce my dose for 2 months and then have another blood test. Now if the doctor I normally see is happy with my medication, what right has she got to interfere?

I mentioned this website to her and told her that just going by the TSH result didn’t help anybody, then she got flustered and told me she didn’t have time to discuss it as the appointment was only 10 minutes, and that if I wanted to talk about it that I should see my own doctor!

I’ve never seen this woman before, she is probably one of the registrars because our surgery is a teaching surgery.

I haven’t reduced my dose, I will check into it all after Christmas and then see my doctor who knows what he is talking about.

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