Feb 21, 2005 - 7:12 pm
I'm 41 years old and had a total thyroidectomy to remove a 2.5 cm papillary carcinoma in Oct, 2004. I also had an RAI treatment and am now on Levoxyl 150 with no other meds.
I recently began to experience occasional numbness near my right eye, around my entire mouth area, and on my right hand up to about my wrist. My TSH was recently tested at 0.08 and my free T4 was 1.76 so my endocrinologist has kept me on the 150. My serum calcium levels came back normal. Other than the numbness, I feel fine. My endo has suggested I see a neurologist and believes the symptoms to be unrelated to my thyroid, citing its "righthandedness".
Though perhaps not quite as pronounced then, I experienced similar numbness in the same areas during the hours and days following surgery, but calcium and vitamin D (Calcitriol) quickly cleared it up each time. Sometimes within minutes.
I'd gone roughly three months with no numbness, but now it's back and a bit more pronounced. I've been taking calcium and vitamin D (cholecalciferol) all along, but at much lower levels than just after surgery. When I started feeling numb again, I upped my calcium and D, but this time, it hasn't seemed to help much.
My questions are:
Has anyone else experienced numbness such as this?
Could the symptoms be attributable to hypothyroidism (i.e. perhaps my T3 levels aren't up to par)? Should I also have my free T3 tested? Aside from TSH and free T4, what are the other important blood levels to check, if any?
I've read about people taking additional T3 or Armour rather than synthetic T4; what is the general consensus re: a best approach for long-term success?
Finally, does anyone have a recommendation for a top endocrinologist in the Boston area that also is very knowledgeable about nutrition?
Thanks so much!