I am 41yo with a history of hypothyroidism for 12 years. Up until recently, I had been on 300mcg of Synthroid a day for approximately 3 years. A few months ago, I started seeing a significant weight gain (30 lbs in past 6 months), even with healthy eating and exercise. I also started having some mild headaches and blurry vision. I saw my eye doctor and wound up in glasses, but this did not seem to help very much. I went to my GP with symptoms in hand and blood tests done. Basically, high TSH, normal T3 and T4. Her main concern though was for my blood pressure. I have normally run 90/50 my entire life and multiple readings showed 140/90 to 150/100. Needless to say, she freaked me out by blaming my thyroid medication and mentioning the word stroke. I was ordered to record my BP's for a week and call her back with the readings. She redrew my thyroid panel that day and promised she would call with the results within two days. I called her three days later for the results and did not get any response from her. I called in my BP readings a week later and still no response. They continued to be high. I pretty much cussed out the office staff and found a new doctor. In the meantime, I stopped (cold turkey) my thyroid medication. After, three weeks my BP continues to be high and I have been put on BP medicine. My TSH, T3 and T4 have plummeted and I have started back (two weeks ago) on Synthroid 50mcg a day. I am due for repeat labs in two more weeks.
However, with all that said, my thyroid symptoms are getting worse....hair loss, incapacitating fatigue ( I fell asleep on the toilet yesterday! and am now afraid to drive), dry everything, achy, low HR (58) and respirations (12), a desperate need to yawn all of the time, and a low body temperature (97.3....I'm freezing all of the time!), swelling ankles, and a generally dazed and confused demeanor.
I don't know whether I should hassle my doctor about getting my labwork done earlier or if I should wait for the medication to get well into my system for a month. I am convinced that having been on 300mcg a day and now only 50mcg a day, that I will have to increase. I am confused about any link between hypothyroidism and hypertension. My BP has come down with the medicine, but I don't understand why 6 months ago it was low and all of a sudden it's high.