Over a year and a half ago I went to my GP because I was feeling very tired, low and had painful joints. I had also put on a lot of weight and was severely constipated. She referred me to an endo because although my TSH was low indicating overactive thyroid, my T3 was low.
The endo prescribed T3 10mcg daily. Then he changed his mind 3 months later when he saw my T3 was high and told me to take 10mcg 3 times a week only. 3 months after that he told my my TSH was too suppressed and so reduced the amount of Thyroxine to 75mcg daily.
Meanwhile my fatigue and other symptoms were not getting any better. It must be your job he told me. Nevermind that I live on my own and have a stress free lifestyle at home.
I stopped seeing him. Reading up on the subject I soon realised that many people who suffer from Hashimoto's like me also have problems with their iron, Vit B12 and sex hormones. Deficiencies in some minerals and vitamins like
can exacerbate hypo symptoms and hinder the all important conversion of T4 to T3.
Symptoms of oestrogen dominance are also very similar to underactive thyroid.
I immediately went to a private lab (luckily I can afford it) and got tested for some of these. My hormones were within range but when I looked at the ration I WAS oestrogen dominant.
My iron was at the very bottom of the range.
My vit B and ferritin are also on the low within the range.
It was a Eureka moment for me. I went online and bought progesterone cream and iron supplements.
2 months down the line I am feeling lots better. I cannot believe it. I have painfree joints and don;t feel the desire to fall asleep at every opportunity. My eyes are not as dry and my outlook is more positive too.
I do not understand why the endo did not think of looking at my iron and hormone levels. Isn't he an expert? Shouldn't he have wanted to find out why I was still feeling tired despite my T3 and T4 results showing it wasn't due to my thyroid.
Shouldn't it have clicked in his mind that being in my 40s my sex hormones needed to have been checked out as many patients like me suffer from hormonal problems.
And more worryingly shouldn't he have immediately thought of testing my iron levels?!
A different GP saw my results and didn't think the iron results were anything to worry about. Makes me wonder.......
I am so glad that what I need I can get over the counter because if it were up to the docs I have been seeing this year I would still be thinking I was going crazy and imagining it all.
I now take the following:
Levothyroxine 100mcg and liothyronine 20mcg daily.
Selenium to help convert T4 to T3
Iron with VitB daily
Vit C to help my iron absorption
Maca to give me energy
Noni juice to cure my constipation.
Anyway, thought I should share some good news.
I am considering finding a private gyno to keep on top of my hormones.