I have been following you guy's for about 6 months now and I have been amazed at the level of good quality information and help that I see being given to people in obvious desperation and confusion as to where to turn to next.
Well, here goes, my time has arrived to be made to feel that there is some hope !!
I am a 58 year old male who was told by my GP 7 years ago that I have an 'Underactive Thyroid and that although it is not as common in men it can be successfully treated with medication' well, if only I knew then what I know now... I would probably still have a very good job and a very loving partner !
For 7 years I have been told that the 225mcg/day of Levothyroxine is doing a great job as my bloods prove..so, all these symptoms I was and am experiencing must be down to me getting old . At no point was I ever told that I had something called Hashimoto's and this was the cause of my dis-functioning Thyroid, at no point was I ever informed that another drug was available at the time (Liothyronine) T3 at no point was I ever referred to an Endocrinologist I was told 'they will only treat the disorder in exactly the same way'! As one of the stupid Male species I just carried on and tried to push through it all until bang...earlier last year I just ran out of steam at work and had a break down!!
At this point you need to let me know if I am babbling on a bit but it is because of this Forum that I discovered the truth and which led to me having a whole series of bloods done through medichecks, another eye opener when I got the results back which, by the way only took 3 days for the whole process.
Results are below and I would appreciate any feedback you may be able to give.
I could list the symptoms I have suffered from over the years but I get the feeling the majority of you guy's know exactly what they are. I need Psychiatric help for my depression according to my GP's ..LOL !!
The first set of readings are from my very first test 7 years ago:
TSH - 45.88mu/L (0.35 - 5.5)
Free T4 Level - 6 pmol/L (9 - 21)
Erythrocyte Sedimentation rate - 33 mm/h (<20)
THYROID STIMULATING HORMONE *0.071 mIU/L (0.27 - 4.20)
FREE THYROXINE 19 pmol/L (12.00 - 22.00)
TOTAL THYROXINE(T4) 107.0 nmol/L (59.00 - 154.00)
FREE T3 5.83 pmol/L (3.10 - 6.80)
THYROGLOBULIN ANTIBODY *>4000 IU/mL (0.00 - 115.00)
THYROID PEROXIDASE ANTIBODIES *515 IU/mL (0.00 - 34.00)
ACTIVE B12 61.7 pmol/L (25.10 - 165.00)
FOLATE (SERUM) 5.76 ug/L (2.91 - 50.00)
25 OH VITAMIN D *17.1 nmol/L (50.00 - 200.00)
Interpretation of results:
Insufficient 25 - 49
Normal Range 50 - 200
Consider reducing dose >200
Inflammation Marker CRP - HIGH SENSITIVITY 3.7 mg/l 0.00 - 5.00
FERRITIN 360 ug/L 30.00 - 400.00
If anyone can interpret the above I would be grateful because from what I can see I should not be feeling as bad as I am. I have worked 41 years of my life and have been a very fit, Rugby playing, Parachuting, mountain climbing fit person who was looking forward to retirement but I feel worse now than at anytime of my life. One consolation is that after all this time people are starting to recognize that I am not well and that explains alot...and as far as i'm concerned most of that is down to this forum and its pages of advice.
Well there is a light I hope as I have an appointment with Mark Vanderpump next week, fingers crossed for some proper guidance and monitoring. (thank you family for the donations).
So War and Peace chapter One is finished. (don't worry only joking) I will not post anymore unless people want to hear it.
Thank you all