I've been plodding on, testing, increasing Levo, testing, working on vitamins and minerals, testing, increasing Levo.....
It's been ridiculously hard to get my bloods to move, but I finally have scraped the TSH into the reference range. I feel better in my head, most of the time, but I'm exhausted still, no energy to my legs at all, I can barely walk any distance and when I try to walk I'm so slow. My muscles are weak and sometimes I find it difficult to breath as well. I just have no energy to live life with.
I get my Levo from the GP. So far, this year, I've basically told them what I want and I've got it. Not sure that will carry on much longer now that TSH is in range and T4 is getting closer to the top of the range.
I have a private hormone doctor for menopause, she has given me a prescription for T3. Obviously I will have to pay for it. I also tried Nature Throid last Christmas from a prescription from her. But I had a terrible time with it. I think now that we know there are issues with this brand, my issues were probably because it was under-powered and reduced my levels not matched or bettered them. I'm nervous of what to do next.
Should I keep going with Levo raises? I've increased today by half of a 25mcg tablet. Or should I try adding in some T3? If so, how much? I can get 5mcg tablets or 10mcg capsules. I would probably prefer to start with the 5mcg.
Any thoughts and guidance from combination Levo/T3, T3 only or NDT users would be much appreciated at this nervous time.
My blood tests are arranged as early as I can get them, usually around 8.30am. I fast and drink only water before them and never take meds for the recommended 24hr period before the test.
Blue Horizon Test Results - 15th November 2018 (Levothyroxine dosage - 125mcg a day)
TSH - 4.04 (0.27 - 4.2 mIU/L)
Free T4 - 18.5 (12.0 - 22.0 pmol/L)
Free T3 4.1 (3.1 - 6.8 pmol/L)