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hello, I have been on lithium for a few years for Bipolar 1 and about a year ago my thyroid test (which I have done every few months at the same time as my lithium blood level test) came back what my GP described as 'borderline low'. Because hypothyroid is a common side effect of long term lithium therapy he put me on 25mg levothyroxine to start, and then raised it to 50mg about 6 months ago. But I am still very overweight despite a really strict diet, totally exhausted to the point of near-narcolepsy! (i can fall asleep standing up!) my skin is so dry i leave white dust over all my clothes, my hair has gone grey and thin and my nails are brittle and curl over at the ends! (and i used to have such beautiful hair and nails, somehow its the final straw!) I just feel completely worn out all the time and cannot summon any energy or stamina at all - if i try to persevere I feel sick, dizzy and faint.
But GP says my thryoid test levels are now fine - but I cant challenge or query him on it because I cannot get my head around all the different test results and normal guidelline levels. Can anybody please try and explain it to me in a way I can remember when I talk to the doctor next week? Id be so grateful for some advice.
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