That’s what I suspected, they only looked at the TSH levels. The TSH levels alone are not not reliable enough for determining whether or not you are hypothyroid. Unfortunately it is very common practice for doctors to only test the TSH and if it looks normal (as it did for me too) they just exclude any posibility of hypothyroidism and tell you that you are fine. And if you don’t feel fine it’s obviously all in your head because according to the tests you are fine.
I am not concluding that you are hypothyroid, as I cannot know that. I just think you need a more thorough testing and consideration to get a more complete picture of what is going on. That might include testing for deficiencies as well. For example having very low vit B can also be a sign of hypothyroidism. I am just speculating but if that was the case then it might explain why you felt better with the vitamin B complex. I don’t see why else taking vitamin B would temporarily raise your metabolism as such – did your doctor explain what he meant by that? I was put on iron and vit B injections in the beginning of my treatment because I was way too low on them; I remember the injections making a big difference to my energy levels already and that was before starting my hormonal supplementation therapy.
And of course there are other tests to consider; for example, as Javizy already mentioned, the reverse T3 levels; if reverse T3 is high it will interfere with the cells ability to utilise T3 and then it doesn’t matter if your thyroid levels are normal if the body isn’t able to use them.
The reason why I asked if they tested you for elevated thyroid antibodies is because that might also explain the temporarily increased metabolism for a period. I have Hashimotos disease, an auto immune disease where the immune system is destroying my thyroid gland. Before I was diagnosed I had periods of feeling very low energy and periods of feeling very energetic; kind of swinging between hypo- and hyper thyroid. Apparently this was caused by the immune attack on my thyroid; generally speaking as the gland is being destroyed there will be lessened production of thyroid hormone (lowered metabolism) but sometimes the destruction of the gland can also lead into the destroyed tissues releasing increased amounts of thyroid for a short time (thus the increased metabolism). It might be an idea to have the anti-TPOs checked just in case and if there are any abnormalities, the doctor should at least consider the possibility of hypothyroidism. My doctor has written an article where he explains why that is the case but it is in Norwegian so I won’t link it here.
Another useful book explaining thyroid related issues is: Your thyroid and how to keep it healthy. By: Dr Barry Durrant-Peatfield.
nate99 wrote: I just wish I knew what was wrong with me….
I can so relate to this. I used to feel like that for years. That is why I react so strongly to your doctor not checking things properly and just telling you that you are fine regardless of how you feel. Because I have experienced it myself and therefore know that when I didn’t feel fine it was because I wasn’t fine. There’s always a reason! And it looks like your doctor isn’t doing a good job in finding out or helping you. If you can, try another doctor. You may need to search a bit to find a good one. In any case if you have thyroid problems your best bet is to do your own research so that you can confront your doctor if that needs to be. Here’s a good site for reference: http://www.stopthethyroidmadness.com/
And yes, hypothyroidism relates to lowered metabolic activity. The best and easiest way to test metabolism is to check the body temperature and heart rate.
For me things got a LOT better soon after starting on the hormonal supplementation therapy for hypothyroidism. However my temperatures are still low. I feel better but according to my doctor I should be better than I am, and he doesn’t quite know why I am not responding as expected. That is why in my own research I’ve come to consider the role of blood sugar regulation and nutrition for the cellular metabolism as crucial aspects in regulating the thyroid function. In order to function the cells do need sugar (as well as salt, water, oxygen) and that is why I warn against too strict, low carb diets if you already have lowered metabolism. My temperatures dropped to 92F after 1 month of low carbing! Low metabolism also causes constipation and that is not helpful for getting rid of Candida if that’s the problem. And it is possible that Candida overgrowth might be causing some of your problems, but if you decide to follow the diet just keep measuring your body temperature to keep a check that it doesn’t start dropping more (that is, if it is already low). But as I said, even though I am not completely well, I am so much better than a year ago.