I am 50 yrs old, a Brit living in The Netherlands.
I still have some hypo symptoms and I am thinking about self-treating with NDT, just not sure how much would be appropriate. Happy to hear from someone with experience.
Below are my 3 blood test results over the last 18months:
06/04/16 by GP in NL
TSH: 2.89 (0.27-4.2)
Free T4: 13.5 (12-22)
Vit D: 45.8 (75-100)
B12: 203 (145-569),
Folate: 21 (10.4-42.4)
26/09/17 by Bluehorizon in UK
TSH: 3.39 (0.27-4.2)
Free T4: 16.1 (12-22)
Free T3: 3.9 (3.1-6.8)
Total Thyroxine: 81 (59-154)
Thyroglobulin Antibody: 10.2 (0-115)
Thyroid Peroxidase Antibodies: 11.7 (0-34)
Saliva Cortisol test:
- waking 19 (6-21)
- 12pm 2.42 (1.5-7.6)
- 4pm 2.21 (0-5.5)
- bedtime - 2.35* (0-2)
26/01/18 by Bluehorizon in UK
TSH: 4.94* (0.27-4.2)
Free T4: 13.2 (12-22)
Free T3: 3.6 (3.1-6.8)
I have never had a ferritin test, but the Doctors (GP +2 haematologists who I saw for high platelets) assure me my iron levels are fine, going by Hb and Ht. All dismissed low B12 as a possible cause of my "very typical" B12 deficient symptoms, hence self-treating.
Since the first test, I supplemented daily with B12 5000mcg sublingual (and quickly felt loads better). I also daily take: magnesium, Vit D, B complex, fish oils, mulitvit for women 50+, Selenium (as 2-3 brazil nuts daily) and have tried to avoid wheat/gluten.
I am going through menopause, last period 6 months ago. Following Dr Peatfields book, I use progesterone cream which has helped with hot flashes.
For the past few months I have taken an adrenal supplement - Thorne adrenal cortex and ashwaganda, as had palpitations, body hair loss ++, feeling of inner shaking, to name a few. My body hair hasn't grown back, but the other 2 symptoms have gone.
Looking forward to hearing your advice.