Hello, I just joined but have been reading quite a bit on here. I wanted to intoduce myself, say hello, and share my “adventure”. I am thankfull that I have found this site and the info in it. It has been very helpful so far. I apoligize for the novel ahead of time.
I am a 46y/o male 258lb 6’3" I have been dealing with Hypothyroid for almost a decade now. It started with some fatigue, mild loss of libido (both associated with lots of physical labor) it really came to light when I had a couple spots where my memory got spotty. I was also having an issue of being cold all the time. At that point off to the doc I went for a physical and blood work. In a nutshell Levothyroxine was prescribed and went through the process of getting the dose correct. Many of the symptoms were now gone, so it was left where it was. I was feeling ok. Doing my thing and didn’t know much about what I was dealing with. We landed on 175mcg and am currently there.
Fast forward to July of this year, I have 2 little kids and an exwife now, I was becoming more and more fatigued, bad moods, pulling what ever energy I could to function. I related alot of it to the divorce and being a single dad with no network of friends or social life.
I started at the gym and hired a trainer to get me on track. He noticed the symptoms as well and urged me to get in and get T checked. I did. It was pretty low. LabCorp does the testing, I attached the history of what I have so far. I wish I had more of the original Thyroid numbers, if I recall the doc at the time was only checking TSH.
Standard Range 8/29/18 9/5/18 9/14/18 11/8/18 12/6/18 12/20/18 (dates testing done)
% FREE TESTOSTERONE
1.50 - 4.20 % 4.06 3.36 3.48 2.28 1.86 2.08
5.00 - 21.00 ng/dL 9.58 5.71 8.80 2.33 L 4.61 L 5.39
264 - 916 ng/dL 236 L 170 L 253 L 102 L 248 L 259 L
Standard Range 4/9/18 8/29/18 12/20/18
0.82 - 1.77 ng/dL 1.40 1.39
TRIIODOTHYRONINE, FREE, SERUM
2.0 - 4.4 pg/mL 2.6 3.1
0.450 - 4.500 uIU/mL 1.010 6.640 H 5.430 H
I have started on Test Cyp. 100mg a week IM. Started in early October. I was doing 200mg every 2 weeks and that sucked with the peaks and troughs. I am reporting to them for injections currently until we get some of this stabilized and then I will go on my own. I was able to get them to do the inj. weekly and that has helped settle the ups and downs. Not perfect yet but much better.
Taking 175mcg Levothyroxine daily in AM
Yesterday I included 48mg of Iodoral. I do most of my own cooking and didn’t use much salt if any. I am testing it out to see if it helps my general well being and will see what it does to the upcoming labs.
Temps have been in the 98.1 range mid morning (9-10 am at the dr.) I just started checking it this week and it has been in the low 98 the last couple early mornings.
I am at the gym 5-6 days a week, lifting, boxing (more of a conditioning with HIIT, metobolic training, etc.) My weight number has stayed the same or within 10lbs since July but the size and definition has increased as well as clothes fit better.
I am still dealing with some brain fog, low libido issues. It is improving but not at a level that I am happy with. I have spoke with my dr. (GP) so far they have been listening to me and seem to be willing to work with me on fixing not only the numbers but the symptoms as well. I am sure that when the numbers reach a “normal” range, that will all stop. I will be back to dr to get labs done for thyroid and T levels this week.
Again, sorry for the novel. wanted to share my info, If there is any feedback I would appreciate it as I am still learning about all of this.