Current symptoms: bad muscle and joint pain (especially left arm, hands and wrists, feet and ankles, leg cramps); tingling, burning or stinging sensations in my feet, hands or lower arms; gritty sometimes painful eyes; brittle and ridged fingernails; constipation; usually tired; often breathless after any exertion; loss of drive; sluggish thought processes, poor concentration and very poor memory.
Blood test results (several months ago): Se thyroid peroxidase Ab conc 1072.8 iu/ml, Serum TSH level 7.2 mu/L and Serum free T4 16.3 pmol/L.
My GP said I had hypothyroidism. He prescribed me 50 mg levothyroxine. However, after 10 days I started to feel much worse – with more severe pain than before. I also got new symptoms: headaches, insomnia, early morning palpitations/panic attacks, and feeling really hot/sweating. So I got an urgent appointment with another GP. He told me to stop taking the levothyroxine. He said that I can’t have hypothyroidism because men don’t get it. He said I am suffering from stress. I stopped taking levothyroxine and reverted back to the symptoms that I had before I took it. I am not receiving any treatment at present. My GPs have told me to “relax” and “think positive thoughts.” I’ve been doing this for weeks and I feel terrible.