Hi there! Having recently been diagnosed with autoimmune thyroiditis, I have started doing my own reading and research about this whole new world of "the thyroid". There is so much to take in... I lived in blissful ignorance of anything thyroid related until my diagnose, which was in January this year. The thing I am struggling to get my head around is the abismal standard of healthcare offered to us... But anyway, here is the thing:
Since well before my diagnose, my younger sister has been having health problems, with symptoms including tremendous fatigue, depression, cognitive difficulties, memory loss, pins and needles in hands, numbness in legs, certain muscuclar pains... Unable to cope with full time employment, she has had to go part time, so her situation is quite worrying. During months she has been seen by a neurologist, an orthopedic surgeon and has had numerous blood tests requested by the GP and the end result of it all has been a "chronic fatigue" diagnose. They can't find anything wrong with her so they have given her that lable and are offering little in the way of treatment.
Now, having read everything I have read about the thyroid since January, I started wondering. I said to myself "hang on a minute, those symptoms"... They are different from mine (I am nowhere near as poorly as she is and for me it's more about weight difficulties and hairloss).
I asked my sister, "has your thyroid been checked?" "Yes, but the Dr says it's normal".
Bearing in mind my personal experience of my GP saying "everything is normal" when it clearly wasn't normal in my case (I've written a blog about it) I presumed her GP has probably only done a silly, pointless TSH test without looking further... So I decided to invest in a blood test for my sister, a full thyroid profile. I have had the results today and they are:
TSH 1.24 (range 0.27 - 4.2)
FT4 13.6 (range 12.0 - 22.0)
TT4 82 (range 59-154)
TT3 *2.9 (range 3.1 - 6.8)
Thyroglobulin Antibody 13.4 / range 0-115 negative
TPO Antibodies 9.1 / range 0-34
I would very much value your views on this.
Clearly Free T3 is too low? Couldn't this account for how she is feeling?? At least partly? If this is the case, how can it possibly have been missed for months?
Could the numbers point towards a "conversion problem" (unable to convert T4 to T3 for some reason), meaning, the FT4 seem somehow within range and the TSH has not gone up, but the T3 is very low? As said earlier, I am very new to this battle and still trying to learn.
Any ideas or suggestions would be sincerely appreciated.