I started on NDT in Sept 2022 and felt great within a fortnight after nine months of levo doing nothing for me and about 8 years of undiagnosed hypothyroidism steadily getting worse.
My blood pressure has always been a normal 120/80 or thereabouts. In January, I got asked in the street by a health promotion team in the city centre if I wanted my blood pressure checking and I said yes. I was surprised to find it was 140/90 but put it down to a fluke. Yesterday, I had the same blood pressure check and it was 148/80. The bloke even did it twice to double check and then looked at me quizzically!
I am 41 with a BMI of 26 (slightly overweight). I have a good diet of lots of organic veggies and fruits combined with eating mostly low GI (to keep my PCOS in check). I take moderate exercise and make sure I move my body for an hour a day be that walking, swimming or a bike ride. I have moderate alcohol intake.
The only thing that has changed that could have increased my blood pressure is being prescribed NDT.
My private thyroid doctor has changed my dose a few times. After the first 6 weeks on two grains of NDT, my FT3 came back at 8.5 which is over-range (3.1 - 6.8). She recommended dropping down to 1.75 grains and 8 weeks on that dose came back with an FT3 of 5 which she said she thought should be higher so I went back up to two grains. I should add that I had no detrimental symptoms or deterioration being on 1.75 grains.
So my question to you lovely knowledgeable people is: do you think I should drop myself back down to 1.75 grains and see where my blood pressure is at after a few months at that dose? Or is it more important that I keep my FT3 in the upper part of the range?
Having raised blood pressure worried me due to the future risks it entails and the fact my whole 41 years it has been normal until this point and I've not changed my diet or exercise.
FT3 doesn’t have to be in top part of range. Some feel optimal when it’s lower within the range, if you felt good on previous dose adjust it back.
Have you had nutrients tested?