I am a doctor and clinical researcher in UK. My girlfriend, currently based in Sweden, but from Germany, was diagnosed with hypothyroidism in early 2016. She was prescribed 50mcg by her GP in Germany based on TSH, FT4 and FT3 results which she only got to see months later. Suffice it to say that it has done nothing. She has since put on 10kg and has begun losing a lot of her hair, which she loves growing out. So essentially a part of her identity is being swallowed. She sleeps through her alarms and is perpetually cold.
With my background, I understand the physiology a little better than a layman, but by no means better than most of them. However everything I've read recently on the science leads me to believe she will need to start a small dose of T3. With the help of a fellow doctor (endocrinologist), I have slowly made her increase her T4 dosage to 100mcg to see if there are any changes in symptomatology, and we have recently gotten blood tests as well, though we are still awaiting results.
I foresee that we will seriously need to consider T3 treatment, while I and my colleague make sure to helpher with basal temperature monitoring, heart rate, ECG and BP checks, and blood tests with careful titration. I do NOT foresee her GP prescribing it. And the UK is absolutely useless at prescribing it due to the cost of the medication. My friend herself admitted she wouldn't for cost reasons.
I understand that people here cannot disclose where to get T3 from in Europe or elsewhere on the forums. But could anybody help us out via PM?