Thank you in advance for your time when reading my story.
I am a 28-year old female, who just had a baby in August. I was diagnosed with thyroid cancer in 1994 at the age of 14 (papillary carcinoma). I had both my thyroid and parathyroid surgically removed in October of '94. Post surgery, it was discovered that my cancer had metastasized to my lungs, and I underwent a series of radioactive iodine treatments. After 5 clean years of scans, I was pronounced cured, and sent on my way with strict instructions to take my medication and come back every 6-months for follow-up testing.
I am currently taking 175mcg of Levoxyl, 800mg of calcium, a multivitamin, and birth control. The last few months I have been feeling progressively worse. I get in between 7-8 hours of sleep every night, and still can hardly drag myself out of bed in the morning. I'm so tired I can't enjoy what little time I get to spend with my husband and my new son (we both work full-time, and the baby is in daycare during the day). My marriage is beginning to suffer. I have never been a skinny person, but I have begun watching my diet closely and get a decent amount of exercise (in addition to being on my feet all day at work - I walk around 2 miles a day at work alone), but not only can't lose weight, I just keep gaining it. I'm more moody with each passing day (and I've never been a moody person) and just don't like the person I'm becoming.
For the last 15 years, I've been listening to doctors tell me that I don't have a thyroid, and I'm bound to get tired and have a hard time losing weight. Now it's, "You have a new baby and you work full-time, of course you're tired." But, he's been sleeping 10 hours a night for the last three months (we're really lucky) - it's not as if I'm not getting enough sleep!
I finally had enough, and went back to see the doctor (GP, I'm not currently seeing an Endo) on Friday and had some blood work done. She only tested my TSH levels, and they came back at 4.24. She said this was normal, and to keep taking the same dose of medicine. She also wants to put me on anti-depressants, but I don't think I'm depressed. I'm just tired!!!!
My question is regarding the TSH level. Is this really normal? I'm getting conflicting info from the web, and am wondering what is truly normal. Shouldn't she have checked my T3 and T4 (taking into account my complaints) instead of just my TSH level? Is it possible that I am not receiving an adequate amount of medication, even though my TSH level is "normal"? What is everyone's position on Armour Thyroid (and/or other natural hormones)? How do I go about finding a doctor who will listen to me, and help me start feeling better ASAP?
I don't know how much longer I can keep doing this. There has got to be a better quality of life...there has got to be something more than merely existing. I have so much to appreciate and look forward to...I just need to find the energy to do it.
Any and all answer/opinions you can offer are greatly appreciated. And again, thanks for listening.