I'm new to the forum but am finding it really informative.
I was diagnosed with underactive thyroid in 2005 when my hair started to fall out and energy very low, also gaining weight. I was put on 50mcg thyroxine and just took that daily for years. Then in 2011, having gained 4 stone after a bout of depression, I did a bit of research on T3 and got my GP to refer me to an Endo, it took a lot of convincing but he put me on 10mcg of T3 daily along with my 50mcg Thyroxine. With a lot of diet and exercise I managed to lose quite a bit of weight. However I am now at a standstill because I feel like I need to be absolutely busting my ass 5 days a week in the gym and eating clean to make any kind of progress with my weight. I managed to talk my new Endo into increasing my T3 to 20mcg per day last year and worked very hard to get 14lbs off over 12 weeks which took every day at the gym plus a 40 minute daily walk on top of that. However, as soon as I pulled back on the exercise to 2 days a week but kept eating healthily, I slowly gained back 20lbs over 8 months. I'm now at the point where I am so frustrated as I feel like it's one step forward, two steps back. I'm also now getting other symptoms like dry skin on my head and cheeks and my concentration is terrible as I can just zone out and not hear a single word my daughter is saying to me.
I am seeing my Endo tomorrow and I would like to have him do my tests so that I can post on here and hopefully get some advice from you all. Could you tell me which tests to ask him to do for me and also advice on making a case to slowly reduce my T4 and increase my T3 as I think this would benefit me.
Many thanks in advance and sorry for the rant!