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Hi. I was diagnosed hypothyroid about three years ago and have been on varying doses of Levothyroxine ever since. I was eventually fairly stable, (three-monthly blood tests) but then a lot of the original symptoms returned - utter fatigue and lethargy, painful and aching joints, weight gain, dry brittle hair - and palpitations on a daily basis etc etc. I went back to my GP and said I wanted to have a moan about my thyroid because I was feeling so rubbish. She sat back in her chair, said 'Moan away' and listened. At the end of my whinge, she said she wanted me to have further blood tests to check my Cortisol and Vitamin D levels. The Cortisol result was fine but she said I was quite badly deficient in Vitamin D. For those who don't know, some hypothyroid people cannot absorb enough of this Vitamin (which I believe is actually a hormone) from natural sources. So I immediately started a high dosage, six-week course of Ergocalciferol (Vit D + calcium) and within a few days I was feeling so much better. The palpitations had stopped, my joint pain was easing and the extreme fatigue too. Now, six weeks on, the doc has put me on a maintenance dose of Vit D and calcium, I am feeling so much better and my hair has even started growing again. One thing that hasn't changed is my weight but that's an issue for another day. The reason for this post is to say - if you are hypothyroid, taking levothyroxine and still feeling rubbish, consider asking your doc to have you tested for Vit D deficiency. It might not be the answer, but it's certainly worth a try.
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