I am 26yr old female and have been suffering from under active thyroid since the age of 13-14 yrs old and have been taking levothyroxine ever since.
My symptoms had been up and down all the time and my medication had been adjusted and is now at 150mg of Levo.
About 5-6 months ago I started noticing hair loss, and now it has all completely fallen out!
I have been to my doctor (new one, since I moved here) and they have been very unsympathetic or helpful! He has said I have alopecia and just left it at that.
On further research I noticed this could be related to my thyroid and auto immune diseases. I looked into NDT and raised this with the doctor - which was felt with much resistance. Now I have taken a medi checks blood test and would like to share my results with the group hopefully you guys are able to help me?
This is stressing me out and has made me feel depressed and anxious all the time, I am tired and have lack of energy, still feel cold and all the usual symptoms even though my latest result has come back as levo dose is correct?! I am also really worried about my hair loss.
The results report below:
Your thyroid stimulating hormone is in the lower half of the normal range indicating that your levothyroxine dose is correct.
You have normal levels of thyroxine and free T3.
Your FT3/rT3 ratio is low which could suggest that you are not getting sufficient free triiodothyronine (FT3) into your cells. Other conditions can cause difficulties converting thyroxine to T3 and cause rT3 to rise. These include COPD, liver disease, diabetes, heart failure and low calorie diets. If you are experiencing difficulties with any of these then I suggest you discuss this further with your GP.
There is currently little scientific research into the FT3/rT3 ratio, but some experts believe that this could lead to symptoms of hypothyroidism (slow metabolism) even though your thyroid hormones are at normal levels.
You may wish to discuss these results with your GP although you should note that it may be difficult to get advice and treatment for elevated rT3 or an abnormal ratio through conventional channels.
Your antibody levels are within normal limits and so an autoimmune condition of the thyroid is not detected.
Your levels of vitamin B12 and folate are normal.
Your vitamin D levels show that you have vitamin D deficiency.
Low levels of vitamin D can cause fatigue, bodily aches, poor memory and difficulties concentrating.
Outside of the winter months there is enough sun for your skin to make at least part of your daily requirement of vitamin D, so it is worth trying to get 15-20 minutes of midday sun when the sun is out. Vitamin D can also be found in fortified foods such as breakfast cereals, tofu and some fruit juices. The only reliable natural source of vitamin D is in oily fish, although it can also be found in some mushrooms (portobello, maitake, morel, button, and shiitake are particularly good), you can improve this by leaving the mushrooms in the sun before cooking them.
We recommend supplementing with 80 mcg (3200 iu) of vitamin D per day for twelve weeks. It is important to test your vitamin D levels regularly - many people in the UK are insufficient or deficient in this vital vitamin. If you are already taking vitamin D then I recommend that you increase your dose. We suggest that you repeat your vitamin D test in 8 -12 weeks to ensure that your levels have returned to normal.
Once your levels have returned to normal then you can decrease your vitamin D supplementation to 10 mcg (400 iu) per day.
Your CRP level is high. This may indicate increased inflammation and/or infection within the body. If you are experiencing pain, fever or other symptoms that suggest infection or inflammation then I recommend that you discuss this further with your GP.
The type of CRP test that you have had is one which can also indicate future risk of cardiovascular disease. I recommend repeating this test in 6-8 weeks to see whether it remains above 3. If it does then I recommend that you take a more aggressive approach to managing other cardiovascular risk factors such as blood pressure, cholesterol, diet, smoking and exercise levels.
Your ferritin level is normal indicating healthy iron stores.
Actual results uploaded on photo! Any help or guidance much appreciated