Hi all, went for my first endo visit couple of weeks ago. Showed him my six hundred pound private bloods. He only wanted to look at thyroid panel not vit panel. Then just drew me a little picture like I was a six year old at primary school. Slipped in very quietl that only levothyroxine is treatment available. I challenged him on it saying I had been following what is happening quoted nhs endgland thing but he just stared at me with dead eyes and shrugged. Told him I would challenge Surrey CCG and he just shrugged again and stared at me with dead eyes.
He did agree to test my adrenals and sex hormones. He put up my levothyroxine by 25 to 125mg. I have been on treatment for a year and o 100mg for at least 4 months. Go back to him beginning feb.
I have gained such a massive amount of weight,an initial 21 pounds from being severely depressed and on sertraline. But this past year a further 35 pounds due I am assuming hypothyroidism, my numbers before treatment were not that out - see previous posts. They were out enough to merit treatment but not that much. I have had a stomach disorder for 16 months now. Nausea, epigastric pain, awful flactulence both end. I have has ibs for 20 years but this is stomach. My guess is its functional, ie the brain is misfiring and telling the stomach it hurts but no structural reason can be found or signs of erosion. I was vomiting fresh blood 3 month ago - only once 6 violent heaves. GPS and I believe it was a reaction to diclofenic suppository which were prescribe for one of my other health issues.
My depression begun to get very severe before Christmas and culminated in me cutting my wrists with a razor blade on two occasions. Since coming off zolpidem I havnnt done that again, Now on Trazodone for sleep which is not addictive like te z drugs.
So to sum it up I am now 14 stone, where as 3 years ago I was 10stone 4lbs. I cannot bear being so big and levothyroxine has not made a blind bit of difference, my chronic depression is intermittently becoming so severe it is threatening my life. And I still have bouts of fatigue which creep up behind me and bash me over the back of the head. I cannot predict when I might get a reasonable day and when I am going to have a day in bed. I’m not going out or doing anything. Just sleeping and watching tv and talking to my cat Millie.
I brought some t3 a while ago but decided not to take it till I’d given levothyroxine a good crack of the whip. It’s a Greek job 25ug tablets. I am not altogether happy about self medicating, however, I am now desperate and passed caring. I thought tonight, if I had a heart attack and died, at least they would be able to get me in my coffin.Could anyone have any ideas about dosing and weather to take my levothyroxine down a bit first, maybe to 100 and t3 begin with half a pill.
Bye the way, I read something the other night about vit c deficientcy and how devastating a severe lack of it can be. Because of my limited appetite I have become a fussy and awkward eater and due also to depression I have stopped eating veg and dont eat that much fruit. I have been taking pro col green magic in the belief that it may keep me going. But I am not so sure it has given me what I need. I keep thinking, I must start eating veg again and have a bit more fruit, but I struggle to eat anything other than porridge, yoghurt, the occasional Tesco’s finest meal, M&S smoked haddock fish cakes. My diet is appalling. I try to talk to the GP about my appetite, but they just look at me through glazed eyes and waffle something like, try to eat more fruit and veg. So I’ve got some high strength vit c plus zinc. I’m on vit D as I was deficient. I tried to find vit c plus zine and selenium but couldn’t find any. And also, is it correct that you should avoid iodine supplement when hypo and on levothyroxine.
I’m normally not one to be overly dramatic but I feel like I’m on the edge of life and at great risk, particularly with my deppresive illness. I cannot bear to live in a body that is so fat and unfit. I feel so ashamed. I have two very elderly parents who need my help and a brother who’s wife is terminally ill with secondary breast cancer on her spine. They have two boys of 12 and 13, they all need my help. But I need some support to get better. Please please help me!