Firstly I would like to thank you for the fantastic info I was given when I posted last year and which gave me the courage to ask for a trial!
I have hashimotos, which took too many years to be diagnosed and I obviously don't want my daughter to suffer unnecessarily. She's been having annual blood tests where her TSH and antibodies have been checked but her GP would not treat or refer as results in range.
She has various symptoms but recently her hair had become extremely thin and we requested a referral to a dermatologist (which I paid for) who diagnosed non-scarring alopecia related to low levels of:
ferritin at 35 (ref range 25.1 - 165)
folate 7.8 (ref range 4.6 - 18.8)
He said for normal hair growth ferritin levels should be above 70 and improved levels of Active B12 and serum folate.
He also tested:
TSH 4.43 (ref range 0.27 - 4.2)
Thyroglobulin antibodies 452 (ref range 0-115)
Free Thyroxine 15.4 (ref range 12.0 - 22.0)
The Dermatologist prescribed ferrous fumarate, folic acid and b complex for her hair and wrote saying "these results show that her thyroid has become slightly under active. Her mother has hashimoto's thyroditis and she should see her GP or have a referral to an endocrinologist for further assessment and if needed management".
We visited another/senior GP at my daughter's surgery yesterday and although her TSH was out of range (finally showed up on the test), he wasn't too happy about prescribing because the Free Thyroxine is within range. I told him about my history and requested a trial. He agreed to this and has prescribed 25mcg Levothyroxine and a follow up blood test beginning in July.
Your thoughts on the above would be appreciated as I am confused about the free thyroxine.