You can go to a compounding pharmacy and this will be offered. Holistic endocrinologists also do this. If your doc isn't on board for free testing, you may get fired as a patient so do consider that when proceeding.View Thread
I take levothyroxine so I can't comment on your medicine. Do you get to decide when to go up on medication? My dose changes only after having labs that indicate doing so. I don't know about Armour, but with levo, it takes about six weeks to be fully on board, so I don't have labs or changes sooner than that. Are you still having symptoms that make you feel you need more? What does your doctor say about that?View Thread
Autoimmunity is inherited. Hypothyroidism *not* autoimmune is from diet. Nearly everyone in the US or developed country has autoimmune hypothyroidism because our diets include iodine. In underdeveloped countries, where iodine is lacking, hypothyroidism can be corrected with medicine and then diet. If you have to take thyroid supplements the rest of your life, it is likely you have hashimoto hypothyroidism which is autoimmune. The reason I'm saying this is because if you are having symptoms and if you have hashi, then your thyroid may be failing a little again and you might need more levothyroxine. If you are having symptoms, you are likely over or under medicated. The feeling of cold may be a symptom of undertreated hypo rather than iron deficiency. Obviously you know yourself so I'm not trying to present my comments as "this is what you should do", just trying to offer some comments that might ring true for you in some way. Hope you get relief soon!View Thread
Do you take thyroid medicine? Are you monitoring it every few months to be certain your levels are within an appropriate range? What are you doing about anemia? I'm assuming it is, but is your hypo autoimmune? If so, you may have an autoimmune iron absorption problem called pernicious anemia.View Thread
You have hashimoto's thyroiditis as confirmed with the anti-thyroglobulin antibodies test. It doesn't matter if your hypo is autoimmune or not; it is treated the same, with synthroid or generic version. Because your hypo is autoimmune, you will find that over time, your thyroid function will decline and you'll need to continue to adjust dosage to maintain appropriate levels. Hope you're supplementing the cal/vitD and iron. Have you had a bone density test? Hypo is a cause of bone thinning. I bet if you're low in vit D, you may show some signs of bone thinning. Some docs say gluten free helps with hashi. I've not tried that, but considering it. Its important to take your medicine on an empty stomach (no calcium foods or supplements four hours before or for one hour after. Also, if you take calcium/vit D supplements, space them out as the body can only absorb 500-600mg of calcium at a time. Good luck!
I'm sorry about your miscarriage and infertility.View Thread
Did you only have the TSH? You might ask for a thyroid panel, including Vit D. You should check for autoimmune thyroid disease. If you have Hashimoto's, then even if your TSH is fine now, you'll need labs regularly to keep an eye on the numbers because it will only be a matter of time before the function declines.
If your TSH is 1.27 and the range is .47-4.7, then you are in range, but not at an optimal mid-range. That said, "borderline" is defined and treated or not according to the doctor's own direction. My doctor treats thyroid aggressively in that while I was barely out of range and some would consider that borderline, my doctor started me on levothyroxine immediately.
You might get some relief with just a small dose of medication. It is worth revisiting this with your doctor. Have more testing, get more info, go from there.View Thread
I'm sorry you're having a hard time with this. I have hashi too and take the same dosage and med as you. Since hashimoto's thyroiditis is a progressive illnes, as your thyroid produces less and less hormone, you'll have to increase your dosage. That is why it is important to have regular labs. How often do you have your labs checked? When you went to your doctor did you have blood work at that time?
I found out I had hypothyroidism by chance with routine annual lab work. I got a letter from my doctor saying I needed to come back in to recheck bloodwork. Before that, I didn't realize I had any symptoms, but once I got the results, I realized that I did have symptoms.
My symptoms were some degree of hair loss, mainly noticeable to me; slow weight gain with difficulty shedding pounds; insomnia, gastrointestinal issues. All but the last symptom are also symptoms of perimenopause. I'm almost 50 so I assumed my symptoms were gyno-based, not thyroid. My symptoms improved within about four weeks of beginning my medicine.
Some things you might do would be to get copies of your labs as you have labs done. It would be important to have records since you are so young and will surely being seeing docs about this over the course of your life. I have a three-ring binder in which I keep all medical info. I put the oldest at back and add to the front each time I get new labs. In the upper right corner of each page, I write the date (easier to find than looking for date in the printed page), my blood pressure that day, my weight, my med dose, all the supplements I am currently taking, any new symptoms or any improved symptoms while on that dose.
I also take quite a few supplements. You might ask your doctor if adding anything would be appropriate. I am very regulated in taking my medicine. Levothyroxine needs to be taken on an empty stomach and nothing eaten or drunk for abour 45 minutes after taking. Some medicines, such as calcium medicines, can't be taken for at least four hours after taking levothyroxine. For me, the moment I open my eyes, I take the thyroid med. I don't have anything for an hour. Throughout the day, I take other supplements including calcium and vit D which can be depleted if one has hypothtroidism.
Have you had your vitamin D level checked? Iron levels? Might be worth checking into. Low levels of vitamin D, not getting enough calcium puts you at risk of osteopenia (low bone density, but not yet osteoporosis), a condition hypothyroidism causes. Low vit D and low iron can cause fatigue.
Sometimes adding estrogen (such as birth control pills) changes the amount of levothyroxine needed, so if you've begun taking BCP, you need to have new labs six or so weeks later to make sure you're levo level is appropriate.
I think my reply here is all over the place, but if any of this is helpful to you, then I hope it is worth sorting through all I've written. Finally, remember it is important to be an advocate for yourself. Let your mom know you just aren't feeling good and want to know for sure you're doing all you can to be proactive in your healthcare. Hopefully she can help be a voice for you when you go to your doctors. Good luck!View Thread
What did your doctor think about the results? My doctor goes by the TSH and Free T4. Your TSH (although a little on the lower end) and Free T4 (a little on the upper end) are within normal limits. Are you having an U/S on your thyroid? What about checking antibodies for autoimmune thyroid problems? Might get a little more info with more testing.
I'm not much help as I'm fairly new to thyroid problems (Hashimoto hypothyroidism), but wanted to say hello and good luck.View Thread