Basically, I have been hypothyroid for years, at least 16. The last 4-5 years I have had increased fatigue [eyes rolling around in my head, wanting to sleep constantly, pre-diabetic and now am Type 2, insulin and oral meds, high bp, cholesterol]. The fatigue is what bothers me the most. I have been getting more depressed probably due to the fact that I don't want to sleep my life away. I started researching my symptoms and found out about the different hormones of the thyroid and that most doctors do not test all of them.. I have been through several doctors including an endocrinologist and now about to get rid of an internal medicine doctor due to the fact that everyone looks at the lab results instead of listening to my symptoms. Just recently started losing my hair like a chemo patient and fatigue is severe. I don't want to go anywhere, just sit in my chair. Did more research on Synthroid and although it does work wonders for others, some it does correct their medical problem but does not treat the symptoms and despite what the nurse says it can make you lose your hair [she looked in her drug book and synthroid only causes hairloss in children]. I called yesterday because they keep saying it sounds like my thyroid and even though we keep labs going on it they don't do anything about it. I called to ask if I could be put on a different med like a T4 med and a T3 med. Well, needless to say, I went to the hospital for another thyroid test which by the way did not include T3.
I admit I Google a lot but if the doctor's don't listen what are you supposed to do? When I had my partial hysterectomy I had asked my OB/GYN to put me on Armour because I had read good stuff about it and he started explaining how the thyroid works. I told him I know all that cuz I have done my research. He told me that he read books too and they weren't on the internet. So, needless to say he didnt give me THyroid but I did find a doctor that did. It went on backorder the same time I had to find a different doctor because my Family doctor couldnt regulate my diabetes. When I went to that doctor he refused to give me the Armour and put me back on Synthroid. A couple of months later, fatigue is worse and now hairloss.
I would love to know if anyone has any suggestions as to how to get these doctors to let me change my medication to include a T3 med like Cytomel and if anyone has had the same problems as I have had with the Synthroid.
Sorry for the long post but I am at my wits end and am tired of these doctors thinking I'm a hypochondriac.
Thanks in advance for any advice,