I saw Dr P yesterday. As I said in my previous blog post, I've improved from where I was at last October when I literally couldn't function. I was overwhelmed with depression and so weak and shaky that I could barely stand. I was in bed for 3 months.
My TSH was 5.6 so a GP in my surgery put me on 50mg of thyroxine to shut me up. On 50mg I didn't really feel any better but several things changed. I could breathe properly, my atral fibrillation stopped and I could talk properly. In Jan my TSH was 2.5 and I increased to 75mg. Within days I finally noticed an improvement in how I was feeling.
Slowly but steadily I've improved and have added in various supplements - detailed on my last blog post.
Fast forward. I asked for a repeat blood test a week ago. My TSH was 0,2 and my FreeT4 and T3 were in range but right at the top.
Dr P said, what I'd come to suspect, that my main problem isn't thyroid but adrenals. I was taking 1 tablet a day of nutri-thyroid and nutri-adrenal.
He says I should stop taking the thyroxine as I'm now toxic (!) and instead increase the Nutri Adrenal from one a day steadily up to the equivalent of 8 a day. I say equivalent because he suggested NA Extra as it is stronger and has lots of other "goodies" in it too.
Then he says to adjust the Nutri thyroid as necessary.
I am going to keep a daily diary - and I'm tempted to head today's "today is the first day of the rest of my life". I do so hope that it is.
I know it will be 2 steps forward and one step back. I have just had the mother and father of all colds, which dragged me down. However - one thing I have noticed (and I should be typing this with my fingers crossed, but I'd type the wrong letters!) is that for the first time in years I seem to have come out of the cold without going downhill and being ill for weeks afterwards.
I have an appointment to see my GP on Monday. That will be interesting. I know he's going to tell me my TSH/T3/T3 are wrong - cos the lab have printed it on my test results. It's not hard for GPs to interpret test results I now know, cos the lab print on them when it is time to see the patient! They have also flagged up my serum C reactive protein level as sky high (56 instead of it's usual 4/5). But this is because I was in the throes of the mother and father of all colds.
I suspect when I tell him that and tell him I've stopped taking thyroxine his jaw will hit the floor of his consulting room. Let's see what he says!