Blood results help please! I FEEL underactive, but as per usual, am told ...NORMAL!

RAI treatment 2010 - so no working thyroid of my own.

(no ref range written for Free T4 and most of the others are missing - but verbally over phone Doc said - range is 6 - 22 (?) so perfectly acceptable within range! I feel LOW!)

Serum Free T4 - 9pmol/L

Serum TSH - 0.06 (LOW result - 0.30-5.00)

No T3 as don't offer that usually!

B12/folate level

Serum folate >22 ug/L HIGH

Serum Vit B12 = 667 ng/L

Serum Vit D = 78.6 = adequate (>50 replete >200 Poss Toxicity)


Lymphocyte - 1.9 10*9/L

Total White Cell Count - 5.6

RBC - 4.91

Platelet Count - 261

Neutrphil Count - 3.2

Monocyte count - 0.3

MCV - 83 fL

Mchc - 330g/L

Mean Corpusc. haemoglobin (MH) = 27.3pg LOW

Haemoglobin Estimation = 134g/L

Eosinophil Count = 0.1

Daily each morning I am taking at the moment -

Thyroxine 75mcg

Liothyronnine 25mcg

150mg Meloxicam for joint pain and inflammation.

I have recently had a course of 1000 Vit. D, B12 and some Folic Acid as these were considered low over the last two lots of blood tests. A locum doctor authorised me to add 5mcg of the T3 about three months ago, so I have already had a slight increase from 20mcg of the Liothyronning - can't decide if it has made much difference though.

I did expect to see a big increase in my levels, because this last fortnight I have been having heatwaves and not sleeping much at all, even though am totally exhausted and achey - partly because of the constant ITCHING!

I am 58 years old, female, and just over 15 stone which I can't shift no matter what - although I could do with more exercise I have no energy or inclination to do it - I know - my fault! But the brain fog is back and struggling with words - it has taken me all afternoon to write this question, which normally would be a ten minute speed type session. Apologies - am feeling sorry for myself and should be just grateful I am not suicidal! (Have read some really sad posts lately, and I seriously am NOT that bad, but don't want to end up that way either!)

I have made a copy of the results which I could pm to an Admin if that is helpful, with the previous bloods included.

I am asking what, if anything, I need to say or ask for tomorrow morning when I have an appointment with a different doctor. I feel awful, freezing cold with a temp. of 34.9, not functioning so well. I spoke with one of the docs this morning as you are only 'allowed' to have a copy of your results if they speak to you and agree! I told him how ill I felt, and cold I was, and that if my results were LOW then maybe I could up my dose of Thyroid meds and it would help - his response was that 'it doesn't work like that - changing dose would take WEEKS to work so that wouldn't necessarily be the answer! He told me to rest, get a blanket and have a hot drink and try and stay in the warm. (!!!) Anyway, I just thanked him for his help in authorising my printout and said I would get a slot tomorrow, so if anyone has any thoughts to share with some 'evidenced info' to substantiate my requests I will at least feel more confident when I go. I was wondering about asking for Adrenal tests but not sure what/how they might help?

Thanks for reading and looking forward to seeing what you guys come up with!


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  • Hi Jackie, looking at you blood results didn't see Ferritin (iron) on the list. Have you had thyroid antibodies tested.

    I agree with you thinking your T4 is low on my results the range is 12-22 but some paths use different ranges.

    I wonder if taking your 150mg Meloxicam at the same time as your thyroxinne if it might interfere with the absorption of the thyroxinne. I take my thyroxinne at nite so I can take my vitimins and iron in the morn with breakfast.

    I am sure others on here will be able to advise you on Adrenal fatigue tests.

    Hope your appointment goes ok and you get sorted soon.

  • This Dr. Clark explains why very clearly. This is #1 in a series of #24.

  • Thanks for the responses! I have made notes, and am hoping to tackle some tomorrow if I manage to get up in time! LOL!

  • Hi I would be sure to have a Free T3 test, even if it means paying on line.How is your feritin/iron, ( needs to be well in range) vit D ( hormonal and autoimmune) B12 and Foliates, needs to be high in range,Diabetes, hormonal and autoimmune.?

    Best wishes,


  • Hello = it is just possible you might be gluten intolerant. It is worth cutting out all gluten from your diet for at least 2 weeks to see if it makes any difference. I am making this suggestion because of your complaint of itching, a very common side effect of gluten in the system.

  • Well - that was quick! I printed out a ream of 'notes' but when I saw the Practice GP he just said - 'nothing I am prepared to do - I don't know any where near enough to interfere with your medication - you MUST see the Endo - I could make it a whole lot worse!'

    Honesty - very refreshing! He promised to request an URGENT referral since I feel so unwell, and I just hope it won't take the usual 3 months! In the meantime - I just have to keep taking my normal dose and hope for the best!

    Any more suggestions as to requests for tests, I would happily read and remember (ok - my foggy brain won't but a piece of paper will!) - and also to note that they are all still very much guided by the TSH above all else - mine is Very Low - 0.06 so this indicates they won't do anything radical!

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