Please read before making a judgement.
As the title says i've been taking non prescribed levothyroxine that I purchased from Canada on the internet. But, i've been taking them for genuine reasons. I am hoping that someone can help diagnose what is wrong.
I'm a 55 year old male. About 5 years ago i started to become more and more lethargic, cold hands, pretty much ticked all the boxes of thyroid problems. I've seen the doctor several times, had thyroid tests and just about every other test. All came back clear. After about 2 years and seeing the doctor several times I concluded that it was because I had a slow pulse, at rest this would go as low as 40bpm. The doctor sent me to a cardiologist for several heart tests. The cardiologist found nothing wrong. To my amazement the cardiologist suggested i may have thyroid problems. I asked the doctor could I trial thyroid treatment and was refused. Months went by with my aching bones, always cold and feeling like i was 100 years old. Rightly or wrongly I needed to know for sure so i bought some levothyroxine of the internet. I have not found anything anywhere that explains what happened when I took one. Everything I read suggests that it takes weeks or even months for them to work. This was not the case with me. I took my first one early morning. 50 micrograms. About 3 hours later all my muscle aches and pains disappeared. I've had muscle pains for as long as I can remember. I carried on taking them and other things happened that surprised me, bags of energy, generally happy, and very strangely, greatly improved hearing, my restless leg syndrome disappeared. Most of all, pain free. My diet no longer contained daily paracetamol and ibuprofen. My raynaud's went and my resting heart rate went to 60bpm. I took them for about 6 months and felt great. I knew that taking non prescribed medication was not only wrong but could be very dangerous.I went to the doctor and confessed. Further tests and lots of vitamins, visits to the endocrinologist but nothing. I stayed off the levothyroxine and put up with the pain for the last 2 years. Yesterday whilst getting my daily paracetamol out of the medicine cupboard I saw the levothyroxine. Temptation took over and I took one. Sure enough 3 hours later pain relief. To me they the magic tablet that I so desperately needed.
So I'm now looking for answers from you because taking non prescription drugs is not the answer but equally I have asked every question to almost every doctor and got nowhere.
Do I think that I have a thyroid problem, well actually, no I don't, or at best I'm unsure. I personally think that levothyroxine is triggering something else that the doctors haven't identified. I say this because of the almost instant and dramatic effect that it has on me. If there's perhaps one clue, the muscle pains that I have suffered from for years seems to be as if my muscles are binding together. The same feeling that would normally be felt the day after a hard workout at a gym.Taking levothyroxine completely relieves all this pain, when I say all I mean 100%.
Please don't call me for taking the tablets, they were simply a need to know and I have seen many, many specialists. I don't need a lecture I just need someone to tell me what is wrong.