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Hi I'm feeling really unwell at the moment, I take 50mcg Levo from 150mcg diagnosed hypothyroid in 2012. I'm tired, toes going cold and numb even indoors, hard stool, periods getting longer and heavier, feeling cold, shivering internally, losing hair.

Advice welcome on latest bloods.


JAN 2018

TSH 4.87 (0.2 - 4.2)

FT4 14.7 (12.0 - 22.0)

FT3 3.5 (3.1 - 6.8)

TPO antibody 778.5 (<34)

TG antibody 359.3 (<115)

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You are undermedicated and should request a dose increase.

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 and thyroglobulin 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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