A brief précis...
Diagnosed hypothyroid 10 years ago... given T3... felt great. A few years ago I was told levo is better so that's what I'm getting from now on... felt really pants ever since. Found Thyroid UK, sorted out vitamins, minerals and adrenals but still not well. Tried different doses of levo... higher dose - severe joint pain, lower dose - all other symptoms got worse.
I am now taking NDT and have been for two weeks. I am taking 2 grains a day with no adverse effects at all. Within a couple of days the joint pain improved immensely, although it has revealed a problem with my left hip that had been masked until now by the pain in all my other joints.
I noticed a few other changes quite quickly too but nothing very big. I didn't really think there had been a huge difference until this evening after a karate class when Sensei said I look completely different in lessons to how I have looked the last few months (on the increased dose of levo to get rid of most of the symptoms, unsuccessfully!) I'm almost back to my old self
I have also noticed that my memory is improving slightly. Again, it's not a major improvement but definitely a start. A friend also said I seem to be so happy and perky lately My skin has improved, despite the winter weather and central heating. I am also sleeping better (apart from the odd night of insomnia which is mainly due to stress rather than my thyroid). I actually feel happy too. I wouldn't have said I was depressed recently or even unhappy, I just wasn't anything... but now I'm happy and it's a really weird feeling!
I think I have a little way to go but I think, as I increase my dose, that things will continue to improve. It hasn't been a magical cure - no taking the pills one day and feeling "normal" the next - but I am slowly seeing improvements and so are my friends. I am also able to cope with stress and noise and chaos much more easily, which is a good thing when you work in an infant school!
Hopefully things will continue to improve...
Sorry for going on, and for those of you who are still awake - thanks for listening