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Is this normal??


I’ve been on holiday for a week. I’ve kept my diet the same, gluten free, lactose free and over 6 days I’ve walked 76,453 steps.

Yesterday I woke up with no energy at all and ever muscle is screaming in pain. This morning is the same. Struggling to move and I now look totally washed out. And to add insult to injury I’ve gained 6lbs!!!

Any views gratefully received.

Thank you

5 Replies

I think all that exercise, whilst good for you in some ways, has used up a lot of t3. What I would do ( tho wait for others to comment) is take a tiny bit more levothyroxine for a couple of days. I mean about 12.5 mcg. May take a few days to feel right again. As your levels are near bottom of range it doesn’t take much to knock them off.

Snoddyoddbod in reply to beh1

Hi beh1

Thank you for your reply. I take 150 mcg every day at the moment. Shall I bump up to 200? For a couple of days?

SlowDragonAdministrator in reply to Snoddyoddbod

No, that's far too big an increase

You ideally need to get bloods retested, before increasing

But if that's impossible, just put dose up by 25mcg daily and retest in 6-8 weeks

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

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. If on Levothyroxine, don't take 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)

Thank you for your reply SlowDragon. Appreciated. My gp won’t re test me until August. I’m afraid as far as my gp is concerned my levels are in range (on the base low end) and because they are in range they refuse to acknowledge any issues I have relating to Graves. I have to wait til August !!

SlowDragonAdministrator in reply to Snoddyoddbod

Can you not get private tests done?

If you watch Medichecks often have offers on Thursdays

The whole lot is £99, often on offer £79

Or just FT3, FT4 and TSH (with or without antibodies) is cheaper

Just Vitamin D - £29 NHS postal kit

Like 1000's on here you may not make any progress without FULL Thyroid and vitamin tests

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