After hemi thyroidectomy 2 years ago I aquired hypothyroidism few months after.
Synthetic t4 prescibed dose went 25 - 50 - 75 over period of time. Now 100 mg and no improvement - typical symptons = weight gain , depression and lethargy.
Prepared to consider self medicating and looking for recommendations where to buy Armour without prescription in the UK.
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For full Thyroid evaluation you need TSH, FT4 and FT3 plus both TPO and TG thyroid antibodies tested. Also extremely important to test vitamin D, folate, ferritin and B12
Low vitamin levels are extremely common, especially if Thyroid antibodies are raised
Low vitamin levels need improving by supplementing for good thyroid function
Essential to know how good your conversion is BEFORE starting on T3 or NDT
You may simply still be under medicated
TSH should be around one and FT4 towards top of range and FT3 at least half way in range
All thyroid blood tests should ideally be done as early as possible in morning and fasting. Do not take Levothyroxine dose in the 24 hours prior to test, delay and take immediately after blood draw. This gives highest TSH, lowest FT4 and most consistent results. (Patient to patient tip, best not mentioned to GP or phlebotomist)
Private tests are available. Thousands on here forced to do this as NHS often refuses to test FT3 or antibodies or vitamins
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 special offers, Medichecks usually have offers on Thursdays, Blue Horizon its more random
If antibodies are high this is Hashimoto's, (also known by medics here in UK more commonly as autoimmune thyroid disease).
About 90% of all hypothyroidism in Uk is due to Hashimoto's.
Low vitamins are especially common with Hashimoto's. Food intolerances are very common too, especially gluten. So it's important to get TPO and TG thyroid antibodies tested at least once .
Link about thyroid blood tests
Link about antibodies and Hashimoto's
List of hypothyroid symptoms