Been diagnosed with low thyroid function and been put onto the No 1 medication – levothyroxine or another such hormone replacement (I’ll call them all T4 from now on)? Still feeling unwell?
In 2009 there were 21.9 million levothyroxine (T4) tablets dispensed in the UK, the third most popular drug prescribed. It is the medicine of choice for the General Medical Council (GMC) who seem to be of the opinion that it fixes all symptoms of hypothyroidism.
For me it started with the initial comment that my thyroid hormones were within range and I was not low!
Yet I was still showing all the symptoms
- Dry skin and hair
- Sensitivity to cold
- A low body temperature
- Weight gain
- Slow heart rate
- Swelling around eyes and face
- Slow reactions
- Hoarse voice
- Difficulty swallowing
- No energy
- Less stamina
- Long recovery periods
- Loss of hair, lack of hair growth
- Forgetfulness, foggyness.
Eventually I got onto T4 and I believed I would be cured. I wasn’t. I got a little better and then worse again, so my dose was increased. I got a little better then worse again and so it continued for 18months.
Then I had a thyrotoxic shock – I became angry, irritable, shaky, panicky. I felt like I was starting to have a heart attack. I was still fatigued, weak and by now totally fed up!
It still wasn’t enough for the Drs to realize that T4 did not suit me. I was left in limbo land to try and cope whilst attempting to function on a level of T4 that did not sustain a daily existence for me.
If you feel you are not getting better on T4, then do realize that there is more hope. I’ve done the research, been through the process and can help, support and advise.