This is my first post. Just wanted to introduce myself - I have been on thyroxine for about 4 months now after my TSH went to 88 and my T4 to <3.2. Prior to that I was borderline for what seemed like an age and I remember sitting in the waiting room before my appt thinking 'oh please let me just have dropped outside of normal so that they'll finally help me." Well, I think I got what I wished for as my humble pie eating GP then confessed it was the worse case of hypo deterioration that she had ever seen!
Sadly, as you experienced bods have already realised, thyroxine isn't the quick fix and I must confess that 4 months on I feel no different at all
I now have size 8, 10 and 12 clothes in boxes gathering dust and wear between a 14 - 16; I feel like a sloth - how I manage a full time job and still go to aerobics three times a week is a miracle, and I think I've forgotten what a libido is!! Sorry partner!
I moved surgeries in the hope of finding a better doctor. Big mistake! First one I saw at the new practice ended up being a right condescending chauvinist pretty much in the same vein as some of your tales.
His only saving grace was that he tested my thyroid antibodies, which showed up as 206 (I can't locate my form at the mo, but I know this wasn't supposed to be more than 70).
Anyway, I wonder if I could ask you for some advice as to how I move forward and try to feel better?
My last blood tests show my TSH as 5.5 and my T4 as 8. My doctor is now starting to talk 'normal' again, but I don't feel any better yet! Should I insist on getting the TSH to 3 or less and / or ask to try T4 + T3 if I still don't feel any better in future months? I am currently on 100mcg of levothyroxine, which could be a placebo the good it’s doing!
It's the weight gain that really gets me down, but it’s so hard. I’m studying a nutrition course in my spare time so know some of the theory, but when you feel this rotten and think your metabolism is kaput anyway, there’s nothing like the satisfaction of the carbs!
All advice welcome and really pleased to be on this site sharing stories and wisdom with you all x