I first starting having low thyroid like two years ago. I didn't know what was wrong.. I was tired all the time and even started having shortness of breath. It was really bad. I found out by getting a blood test from the doc after telling my symptoms. My levels improved naturally by getting more protein, taking vitamins and taking vitamin D (I got my vitamin D level tested and it was low). So my TSH was at a 9, then after the vitamin D it lowered to like a 4.5. So I am still a little hypothyroid, but the vitamin D helped a lot. Since it is sunny where I live, I now just try to go outside more to get enough vitamin D but I still take a multivitamin with Vitamin D in it. I would suggest finding out if you are low in vitamin D because it may be something you need. It is supposed to affect your hormones, since your thyroid is related to hormones, it makes sense. The other things that make your thyroid function well are iodine and L-tyrosine. L-tyrosine is in proteins..so getting more protein helps low thyroid.
4.5 is still hypothyroid. 3 is pretty much the cutoff nowadays.
Malfunctioning thyroid here. ;_; I was diagnosed a little over a year ago, after getting fed up with months of mysterious weight gain and excessive fatigue. I've been on levothyroxine for over a year as well, the dose slowly increasing every two months, but have yet to feel any, ANY
, improvement. They tell me my levels are "normal" (albeit in the low range), but I notice no improvement, no weight loss, no energy, even my fraying fingernails haven't improved.
I convinced them to keep upping my dose if I'm not feeling any better but I imagine at some point they have to stop, I have to wait two months between dosage increases (and that adds up), and...it's been over a year
. I'm just so tired of waiting for improvement, ANY improvement.
I've felt so tired and sick that last year I missed going to my favorite location for the first time in years, and this year it doesn't look good either. That'll be two years without visiting my favorite place.
I'm also on B12, D, and iron. I'm so desperate to feel better that they recently put me on phentermine, a diet drug that's supposed to give you energy, but it makes me feel drained! Not even a stimulant helps me!
Sorry for my melodrama. ;_; I'm just so frustrated. I want my already low energy back.
make sure they are testing not just TSH. You need free t4 and free t3 tested. If you aren't converting properly your TSH can be in range but your t3 too low. Might be a struggle to get them to test it though, but as you are on levo they should do a full thyroid panel.
I would really like to get a full thyroid panel done because something has to be behind my severe insomnia. I am also cold almost all the time (whenever the temperature is below 80 degrees Fahrenheit), probably losing too much hair, and have experienced increasing "brain fog" and memory issues. My TSH when tested a year ago was above the newer recommended reference level, but within the older range, which is what the lab used.
So presumably somewhere in the region of 3-5 i guess? - yeh still hypo I think
you will probably need to push quite hard on this, print out reputable stuff from the internet (studies and whatnot) and take it in.
I think I should generally very briefly explain what these tests show (I am not a doctor btw, disclaimer etc
TSH is the hormone secreted by the pituitary (not the thyroid) which acts as a messenger telling the thyroid to produce t4 and to a lesser degree t3. The system works via a feedback loop so that TSH will be raised to get the thyroid to pump out more t4 and t3 if they are low.
So it is important to note that
1)A low TSH doesn't necessarily say anything about the level of thyroid hormone. You can have low TSH and
low t4 (if there is a pituitary issue for example). This is why typically you don't get TSH measured alone, but with free t4.
2)A high TSH does
indicate hypothyroidism, as it will only be high if the feedback says not enough is being produced.
So a low TSH doesn't rule out hypothyroidism, a high TSH is a certainty however (I think).
3)This is where I am a little unsure, but I think the feedback mechanism relies on t4, wheras what you are actually primarily concerned with is t3. Thus, you can theoretically have low TSH, good T4 and still suffer from hypothyroidism as the t4-t3 conversion isn't working well. (take this with a pinch of salt though as I am not entirely sure here).
In summary, you at least need to have TSH and free T4 measured. You cannot rely on TSH alone. If you are prescribed levothyroxine you should probably be getting your free T3 checked as well.
Went to the doctor with migrating joint pain/muscle pain. Couldn't hardly walk and down stairs. Also had the fatigue, couldn't lose weight, feeling cold and then warm. Doctor did a blood test for thyroid, cortisol levels, testosterone levels, and rheumatoid factor. My T4 is low, and so is my testosterone. She started me on Levothyroxine. I started taking it September 11th. She wanted to treat the testosterone and I am refusing that. Too many bad side effect with testosterone drugs. Many lawsuits right now. My mom knew a guy that died from stroke caused by testosterone drugs. The doctor also wanted an MRI on my pituitary gland but that test didn't work out due to it hurts my back to lie flat still for long. Only could lay there for 20 minutes and had to be let out. The radiologist said she put pillows under my legs so it shouldn't be a problem. Well she is in her 20's and thought your day is coming where you get aches and pains. I called the doctors nurse but no one got back with me yet and that was last Wednesday. I still have the joint/muscle pain, fatigue, and can't lose weight. I am getting frustrated with this. Can't get anything done around the house. Need to paint a room and don't have the energy and hurt so much I can't do it.
to get that mri done, somehow.