This forum is a wealth of information. I wish I had found it sooner!
I was diagnosed with Hashimoto's Thyroiditis aged 30 and have been on levothyroxine (100mcg a day) for the past 12 years. My TSH has nevertheless fluctuated, especially post-partum, and even when I am 'euthryoid' I have still had the classic symptoms of insomnia and very low energy etc, especially during winter. I have had other autoimmune issues: vitiligo and urticaria although these have come and gone, as well as eczema. Both my grandmothers had Hashimoto's and despite treatment were visibly symptomatic so I strongly suspect a genetic issue.
After a stressful event in the Summer, this winter been a disaster for my health: I was diagnosed as hypothyroid in December (TSH 8.9) and half my hair has fallen out, which is now diagnosed as Alopecia Areata. My dose was increased to 125mcg and on 6th Feb I was again 'euthyroid' (TSH 0.46; FT4 17.5). I know they are separate issues but I think they may be linked with stress as the trigger.
I am gluten free and dairy free and take vitamins and supplements (Vit D, B12, magnesium, selenium and zinc) but still don't feel that well. I am now investigating my adrenal function (another post will follow!) but I am also SO READY to try NDT and could really use some help either finding:
a) A sympathetic private doctor in Leicester or around? I've seen Dr McNally at the Spires and Dr Boardman in Warwick mentioned - can anyone send me a private message with their experiences? Or recommend me someone else? I have the list from Thyroid UK but there is no one listed locally;
b) Advice re websites to buy NDT online. Can you pm me suggestions for how to get started on this and how much it might cost for say, six months supply?
c) Also good information re basal temperature testing.
Thank you all so much for your time.