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Hypthyroid distress

I was diagnosed with underactive thyroid last year April.Tsh was 15..The doctor put me on 25 mcg Levothyroxine.But it didnt help as i was experiencing all the symtoms ranging from hair fall,palpitationa,fatigue,muscle cramps,painful constipations;dry throat n eyes..and weight gain.The doctor did increase the dose to 50 mcg n now im on 100mcg dosage Euthyrox.Altho it helped me overcome few symptoms esp fatigue but now my growing n urgent distress is leg cramps with burning excruciating pain in them.So much so that even doing minor chores has become daunting.I m hugely in distress right now.Please help.

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Can you please post your latest test results, with reference ranges, for members to comment.

Also, if not already done, it would be a good idea to test nutrient levels :

Vit D




If you've already had them tested, post results and say if you are taking any supplements and the dose.

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Okay..will do so, thanks.


For full Thyroid evaluation you need TSH, FT4, TT4, FT3 plus TPO and TG thyroid antibodies. Plus vitamin D, folate, ferritin and B12.

Essential to test thyroid antibodies, FT3 and FT4 plus vitamins

Ask GP to test

Private tests are available. Thousands on here forced to do this as NHS often refuses to test FT3 or antibodies


Medichecks Thyroid plus ultra vitamin or Blue Horizon Thyroid plus eleven are the most popular choice. DIY finger prick test or option to pay extra for private blood draw. Both companies often have money off offers.

All thyroid tests should ideally be done as early as possible in morning and fasting and don't take Levo in the 24 hours prior to test, delay and take straight after. This gives highest TSH, lowest FT4 and most consistent results. (Patient to patient tip, GP will be unaware)

If antibodies are high this is Hashimoto's, (also known by medics here in UK more commonly as autoimmune thyroid disease).

About 90% of all hypothyroidism in Uk is due to Hashimoto's


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