I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism 17 years ago. I spent my first year very unwell, in fact I just wanted to sleep all the time. I decided to do my own research and came to the conclusion that I not only needed T4 but T3 would help me feel better. I asked my Doctor to prescribe it for me but she knew nothing about it so would not prescribe it for me. I asked her to refer me to an Endocrinologist and because of the waiting time I decided to see him privately. When I asked him about T3 he said "That will do nothing for you, you read too much"!! I subsequently got his bill for £150.00 and £60.00 of it was a charge for getting my height, which he had asked me for and for weighing me!
I then asked Thyroid UK for help and they gave me the name of a GP local to me who had a special interest in the Thyroid. I saw her privately and she carried out all the necessary tests and subsequently prescribed me with T3. Within days I started to feel better and could not believe the difference. I started to feel almost normal again. I returned to my own Doctor after a couple of weeks to tell her how much difference the T3 had made and I gave her the information I had gathered on T3 and also information from Thyroid UK. She was then happy to prescribe it for me and has since told me that she has prescribed it to other patients based on the information I gave her. I am now 65, on 150mg T4 and 40mg T3 and feel well.
However, I have just been diagnosed with Essential Thrombocythaemia and wonder if this condition is in any way connected to Hypothyroidism or the medication I take. I would be grateful to hear from anyone else who thinks there could be a connection