I have been having symptoms of hypothyroidism since the summer. Finally found an endocrinologist who diagnosed me as subclinical hypothyroid Mom has Hashimoto's). She has put me on Levothyroxine & Liothyronine. I have started slow with the meds and only up-ing the dosage one at a time so I know, if I have symptoms, which one it's from. I'm on only 12 mcg of Levo & 25 mcg of Lio. In some ways I feel more tired having raised my dose of Lio (T3).
I don't feel much of a change at all. My main symptoms...breathlessness, weakness, fatigue & depression haven't lessened very much at all.
I am starting to feel like I am losing my mind. I am even questioning if this is the wrong diagnosis. I went from having a busy life to laying in bed all day barely able to keep up. I am beginning to feel hopeless.
These are my labs:
* = flagged
2/24/12 T3 Uptake 26 22-35
2/24/12 T4 Thyroxine Total 10.8 4.5-12.0
2/24/12 Free T4 Index 2.8 1.4-3.8
1/12 TSH 2.81 0.40-4.50 (up from 1.4 2 years ago)
1/12 T4, Free 1.0 0.8-1.8
Am I right to think I have hypothyroidism? Could it make me this breathless upon exertion? What do the elevated cortisol & rheumatoid factor mean? I don't know whether to continue with my meds or to start looking in to other things.
I'm so sorry.
I'm a newbie here but there are those who really know their stuff here, and I know they can answer your questions.
I was like you. In the bed. Very sick. Thought I would not survive.
Today, I'm up and feeling good.
The people on this Board can give you advice about finding the right doctor who will listen to your symptoms, not just your TSH.
Don't give up.
2 weeks ago, I was in the bed and had been for 15 months.
I've been on Natural thyroid with Free T3 in it now for 14 days.
I'm a new person.
Hang tight. One of the experienced people will see your post.
I just wanted to tell you that you are not alone.
I'm fairly new here, so don't take my advice as in any way authoritative.....but 12mcg is a really low dose. I'm on 50 and I thought that was the 2nd lowest. But always stick with your meds unless your DR tells you to change it. It's important to keep your thyroid hormone levels stable, even if they're not at the optimal level yet. I would rather be hypo any day of the week than go back to when my levels fluctuated all over the place.
I'd ask your DR about maybe raising the Levo. If you feel better, then that's what it was, if not, then there might be other medical issues at hand (that's why I hate thyroid disease so much, too many symptoms overlap...)