Hee are my results which were part of a standard annual blood test, and for thyroid came back as marked Abnormal but my GP says is borderline and reluctantly gave me a two-month trial on 50 micrograms of Levothyroxine.
Serum free T4 level 12 pmol/L
Serum TSH levels 7.7 mu/L
And underneath, 'Above high reference limit'.
A year ago the TSH was 5.5.
Two years' ago it was 5.
Initially I slept so well on starting the Levothyroxine. After about 5 weeks this has changed to not being able to get to sleep for hours and then fractured sleep and I feel terrible.
This is not a full thyroid test, is it? I asked my doctor for one at the outset and she replied that it was - nothing about F3 or antibodies. I don't want to get in to an argument with my doctor! But what is going on? I am 68, and I think results relate to age too.
I have always had cold extremities and feel the cold generally. I have always slept badly but nothing like this for such an extended period.
I am too tired today to speak to my doctor and will do so tomorrow but advice would be welcome. I gather that the endocrine system as a whole can be badly affected by stress, which is a long-term problem for me.
But I don't like this climbing rate of TSH.
And I don't like the levothyroxine effects.
But you all seem to warn against asking to see an endocrinologist?
Thanks, kind people.