Hi everyone, im new here.
Im a 27 year old male, was diagnosed with underactive thyroid in July 17, and was initially started on 25 mg levo thyroxine then put up to 50, but got a lot of weird side effects so was put on 50mg on another brand and had no side effects. My TSH was spiking loads (highest being 24 around end of 2017. I had been borderline high on TSH as a teenager but nothing ever came of it.
Did a lot of reading and trying to understand things, pushed the doctors for free T3 and T4 tests which came back with the T4 slightly low.
Fast forward on, had antibodies test in Jan 18, my blood results were 2 for thyroid antibodies and 0.4 for TSH antibodies which i was told was perfectly in range so unlikely to be Hashimotos. My TSH was 17 in that test though.
Last blood test was Sept this year, where my TSH was 4.9, free T4 14.4 and free T3 4.9. So back to a normal range almost.
When the thyroid issues started in mid 2017, i was in a very stressed state in general, id come off sertraline after 5 years, taken for anxiety, and i wasnt eating as healthy as i should have been. I was exercising though, doing kickboxing classes once a week, which potentially added to my stress despite the exercise aspect.
Anyway, my symptoms have eased over the last year and a half, and although i feel like ive forgotton what my baseline was before the issues started, i feel a lot more normal and functional. Parallel with this I have cleaned up my diet (cutting out gluten for most part which i seem to have a sensitivity to, and lowering sugar intake a lot)
I am confused as to where i should go from here. I am aware that starting thyroid medication is often irreversible for many reasons, but i am not sure i am fully hypothyroid, and i dont seem to have hashimotos. I often had a bad diet growing up and only cleaned it up in my 20s, but have slipped at times due to depression and anxiety, and i feel like my thyroid issues are very likely a response to bad diet and damaged gut health.
I have recently found heart palpitations/quickening heart rate and sometimes weird side effects such as blurry eyes (even though had eyes checked and they were fine), the other day i had my vision suddenly shake randomly whilst i was sat still. If i have much gluten in a short time period, or a lot of sugar or alcohol (rarely) i notice that it affects me quite a lot and i get brain fog/fatigued easily until my body recovers.
I feel at a crossroads, could my body be leveling out and producing T4 again on its own to a normal standard, and my Levothyroxine be uneccesary anymore/giving me side effects from to much?
I am moving to new area this week and with that a new doctor, previous one was ok but reluctant to give me blood tests less than 6 months apart. Doesnt seem like many good doctors in new area. Will try to get another blood test to see if levels are still the same, but where do i go from here of my own accord? I have become acutely aware of how conflicting the UK doctors seem to be about hypothyroidism.
Thankyou, and apologies for long post!