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Advice please

Hi I am new. I have positive thyroid antibodies and I have symptoms of headaches, memory loss, dizziness, tinnitus, carpal tunnel, hair loss, puffy and dark eyes, tiredness, heaviness in legs, weight gain, sweats, headaches, soreness in muscles. Please help I feel like I am going mad. Thank you

(50mcg levothyroxine)

Dec 2017

TSH 5.69 (0.2 - 4.2)

FT4 14.9 (12 - 22)

FT3 3.6 (3.1 - 6.8)

TPO antibodies 1400 (<34)

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You are undermedicated to have TSH 5.69 on 50mcg Levothyroxine. Ask your GP to increase dose.

The goal of Levothyroxine is to restore the patient to euthyroid status. For most patients that will be when TSH is 0.2 - 1.0 with FT4 in the upper range. FT4 needs to be in the upper range in order that sufficient T3 is converted. Read Treatment Options in thyroiduk.org.uk/tuk/about_... Email dionne.fulcher@thyroiduk.org if you would like a copy of the Pulse article to show your GP.

Thyroid peroxidase antibodies are positive for autoimmune thyroid disease (Hashimoto's). There is no cure for Hashimoto's which causes 90% of hypothyroidism. Levothyroxine treatment is for the low thyroid levels it causes. Many people have found that 100% gluten-free diet is helpful in reducing Hashi flares, symptoms and eventually antibodies.




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