I am new to this board and am hoping you may be able to shed some light on this. Over the last year or so I have been feeling very tired even after 10 hours sleep, itchy dry skin, always cold, feeling dizzy, nausea, headaches, forgetful, sore throat, and permanent cold like symptoms. I went to the Drs a couple of weeks back who suggested I had a blood test, I received the results yesterday and Dr said my TSH level was slightly high at 6.5, on further probing he disclosed my T4 was at 17.4, they dont routinely test for T3. he said he would like me to have another blood test in 6 months time incase of hypothyroidism, which I agreed to but came away from the Dr's feeling very disheartened after being told my symptoms were very real but that I should visit a homeopath. As i knew very little about thyroid before I did the usual thing and came home and read up lots, on making a further call to the Dr's surgery I was persuaded by the nurse to speak to another Dr. When i spoke with him and explained the thought of feeling like this for another 6 months without explanations or treatment was unbearable he suggested i have the test in 3 months.
I am still struggling to understand the levels of TSH and T4 and what these can mean. Would anyone be able to tell me what their levels were when they were first diagnosed and started treament? I am reluctant to leave this too long as I don't feel I am having any quality of life as just feel permanently out of breath and tired.
If anyone could offer any advice I would be grateful.