I have been following this blog for a few weeks and have learned a lot, but this is my first post. I have been prescribed Levothyroxine for around 8 years now, currently on 75mcg and 100mcg alternate days. For several years now I have had difficulties sleeping and staying asleep which has been getting worse. I also have a pounding heartbeat which is a bit worrying. This seems to have got worse since I started taking the new formulation of Lego earlier this year,combined with restless leg syndrome in bed. The concern about this new formulation and now Lego in general is what started me on my research.
I have annual blood tests for thyroid function and other this, though I have no current health issues that I am aware of. The last of these tests was February this year. I just called the surgery and was told that no thyroid test was done then! Though a cholesterol test was done which came up high at 6.7. On phoning my GP for the results afterwards she recommended I start statins for the cholesterol which I refused saying I would prefer to try to get it down by diet and lifestyle measures first. When I asked about my thyroid function test result she said it was fine, which was obviously a lie as no test was recorded. I am now angry. The last thyroid results recorded were in June 2017 which were TSH 0.46 and T4 20.3.
I have read that blood pressure and cholesterol levels can be affected by incorrect levels of T4, levothyroxine, so could this be connected?
I am currently in France where I live half of the year and have an appointment to see a GP here next week. What should I ask him? Obviously a new blood test, but for full thyroid or just standard TSH and T4? Maybe then a change in meds.?
Thoughts and advice gratefully received as I feeling a bit lost and unsure what to do, not to mention let down by my GP in UK.
Sorry for the long post. Thank you.