Hey guys, I stumbled across this community when looking for answers to my persistent thyroid troubles. I'm feeling a little overwhelmed with all the information I'm reading with no idea where to start so I'm hoping someone who's been down this path can help me.
Some background about me to start - I'm a 28 year old woman living in Ireland, diagnosed with congenital hypothyroidism at birth due to a defective thyroid gland. I have very little (read: practically zero) thyroid function naturally and rely completely on replacement hormone. I've been taking Levothyroxine since birth, gradually increasing the dose as I grew up until my dose settled at about 175mcg/day a few years ago. My blood tests/TSH seems to always show up normal around that dose.
That said, over the last number of years I feel like I'm really getting all of the symptoms of hypothyroidism, even though my bloods don't show it. I feel tired all the time, and my skin is exceptionally dry. The worst symptom for me is the weight gain. My weight seems to always be creeping up, even though I don't feel like I eat a huge amount more than the average person. It's now getting to the point where I'm really overweight. However, when I say this to my doctor, he just shrugs me off and says my TSH is normal and to watch my diet and exercise.
Which brings me to where I am now - I want to explore alternatives. I want to set this right once and for all. Because I've had hypothyroidism my whole life, I've never known any different so it's hard for me to tell what normal is. It could well be normal, I just don't know. All I know is I'm tired and I can't control my weight.
I've asked the doctors to increase my thyroxine dose but they won't with my blood test results. I've been reading up online about T3/T4, but I don't really know where to start, especially given my doctor isn't really interested. It's just so much information it's really hard to know how to actually be proactive and try to sort this out myself.
Hoping someone can help!
Thanks for reading