I joined here in Dec - at which time I was so ill I can't even describe it. I was bedbound and just able to feed and wash myself. I was so depressed that at times I was hysterical and I think I had virtually given up.
I have been ill for 37 years - but went downhill rapidly when I approached the menopause. At one point, 6 years ago, I was so ill I couldn't even sit up in bed. The on duty GP at my surgery wouldn't even come out to see me.
Fast forward to last Oct, I asked for a blood test. The GP grudgingly admitted my thyroid was underactive. I asked for my results and was given 7 years worth. I can see I had thyroid problems all that time but wasn't told.
After totally losing it with the GP he put me on thyroxine to shut me up. That was the end of October 2012. 50mg didn't make me feel any better or less depressed but it did stop my heart racing out of control and jumping all over the place, so I knew I was on to something.
Beginning of Jan returned to GP. Saw a different one who said that my TSH was now 2.5 so I didn't need to do anything else (where have we heard that before??). I was still depressed, still ill. I said to him "aren't we aiming for a TSH of 1?". He gave me the option of increasing by 25mg or 50mg.
By then, I'd joined here and posted my Jan blood test results. Being a member here I was learning fast. So I started studying my results, reading Dr P's book, etc. This is what happened next.
I increased my thyroxine by 25mg (total 75mg). After 5 days I was sitting on the sofa watching tv when I started to realise I was feeling different. Before Xmas I paid for the saliva adrenal test, so on Dr M's recommendation I started taking 10mg DHEA in the morning. I also added a multi-vitamin tablet along with 1 each a day of nutri-adrenal and nutri-thyroid.
4 weeks later, I increased the thyroixine again to 100mg. Again, 5 days later I started feeling another improvement. This lasted for 2 weeks and then I started feeling hyper, so reduced back to 75mg.
A week ago I increased my DHEA to 20mg and also started taking 2 cortisol tablets in the morning along with a small amount of testosterone cream for women.
I can hardly begin to tell you how much better I am feeling.
Yesterday I went out for lunch with a friend and did my own supermarket shopping. I'm hoping to go out to dinner tomorrow and possibly to a concert in a local church on Sunday. All these things would have been unthinkable a few weeks ago.
In summary - this is what I am currently taking:
2 x cortisol tablets
small amount of testosterone cream
B12 oral spray
1 x nutri thyroid
1 x nutri adrenal
1 x multivitamin
I'm off to see Dr P in 4 weeks time. I'll probably ask the GP for a repeat blood test before I go so I can see where I'm at.
I'm doing the temp/heart rate chart. My temperature varies between 35.5 on waking to around 36.3 late afternoon. I've had a low body temperature since I was a teenager so realistically don't expect that to change. I think my body just functions that way. But I could be very wrong, of course.
My heart is still racing - usually 85 - 100 bpm. But at least it isn't pounding or missing beats any more, so I'm not actually aware of it.
I haven't addressed my ferritin level yet, which was also low.
The one thing that is still out of control is my blood pressure - which is high and I'm on ramipril. I've just ordered hawthorn and garlic so it will be interesting to see if they can help.
Hopefully I'll be able to start getting some exercise and maybe lose some weight. I'm not overweight by any of the charts, but I am overweight for me - I used to be a natural stick insect.
Onwards and upwards. I am SO GRATEFUL I found this place. I don't know what I would have done without it.
(just as a PS. My posts always sound as if I don't get on my GP. Experience has taught me that I have little time for most doctors. However my regular GP and I get along alright - he's the first one I've had that isn't rude to me, doesn't shout at me and listens. Sadly, he rarely actually does anything! The GP I shouted at to get levo wasn't my regular one.
I think my regular GP could turn out to be my best ally. He's dim but if I decide, for example, to try T3, he's unlikely to put up much of a fight!)