I haven't posted a message for a while but regularly read peoples posts.
Everyone on here was very helpful when I was first started taking levothyroxine and I was trying to learn as much as I could so I would be interested in people’s comments on the following:
I was referred to an endo and the outcome of the appointment (end of last year) was that he wrote to my GP, stating in his opinion, I was over-medicated. He based this on the fact that he said there was a tremor when he asked me to stretch out my arm. I told him hospitals and GP surgeries made me very anxious and because I was shaking anyway there was bound to be a tremor in my fingers. I also told him I was experiencing no symptoms of over-medication on 100 mcg of levo daily.
I was concerned that my GP would try to reduce my dose so I reduced my levo to 600 per week (just skipped 100 every Friday) to see how I felt. That was at the beginning of this year. I experienced a few symptoms: tightness in throat and occasional pins and needles over the following months. At the beginning of this month I started to experience persistent low mood. Then the fatigue started and other symptoms followed and I now feel fairly awful!
I did a Medicheck test for TSH, T4 and T3 on Tuesday. It had been in the back of my mind to do this for a while anyway as I thought if I had blood test results to show that less than 100 per day was too low a dose it would be useful to show my GP if he tried to reduce my dose, as no doubt he would reduce it by 25 per day anyway so I would then be on 525 levo per week. Also I wanted to test my T3 level as I know my surgery won’t request it.
These are my results on 600 levo per week:
TSH *7.28 (0.27-4.2)
T4 15.200 (12.00-22)
T3 4.4 (3.10-6.8)
On the basis of the above results I intend to increase my dose back to 100 every day immediately.
My GP has not called me back for an appointment or blood test since they received the Endo's letter and they are continuing to give me repeat prescriptions for 100 of levothyroxine. I hope the above makes sense as I am experiencing brain fog at the moment!
Also I asked my surgery to test antibodies in July of last year so they did request TPO and the result was 768 >100+