Hi, hope all who see this have had a nice Christmas.
I have been suspected of having Hashimoto's. Here are my recent blood test results for all who haven't seen:
TSH: 0.69 (0.27-4.2)
Anti-TPO antibodies: 84,000 (<34)
TSH: 22 (0.27-4.2)
FT4: 10.9 (12-22) - Thyroxine was started at 75mcg per day.
TSH: 4 (0.27-4.2)
FT4: Not tested - Thyroxine increased to 125mcg
Ferritin: 15ug/L (30-400) - Iron supplements were started at 210mg.
TSH: 4.3 (0.27-4.2)
FT4: 15.3 (12-22) - Thyroxine increased to 150mcg.
FT3: 5.5 (3.1-6.8)
TSH: 4.6 (0.27-4.2)
FT4: 15.6 (12-22)
Anti-TPO antibodies: 41,000 (<34)
Ferritin: 21 (30-400)
Vitamin D: 43.6 (<75) - Started Vitamin D supplements.
Folate: 4.1 (4.6-18.7)
I didn't get on very well with the Ferrous Fumerate I was prescribed to help with the iron intake, so I bought some other supplements which worked fine and caused me no tummy issues unless I increased the dose from 1 to 3 (which is the daily recommended dose for me). My GP has said she's happy for me to continue taking the alternative supplements if they work and they seem to already have since my ferritin has increased from 15 to 21 - with only a few doses that I'd taken! (I momentarily stopped them since I had the nausea/tummy issues with taking 3 immediately a day after I took just 1!)
My GPs have referred me to an endocrinologist as they have diagnosed me with hypothyroidism due to me having mainly raised TSH levels, however I have not gained any weight - if anything I've been losing weight and I do not experience any sort of hair loss or a goitre. I have a tender scalp when brushing sometimes and I have had a goitre in the past - around about 2 years ago - but it went down on its own. I suffer from constipation, fatigue, weak and achy muscles. These are I think and have been suggested as all thyroid/low iron-related.
I think I could have adrenal issues as I've been getting aches and pains in the back of my flank area, nausea and a feeling of weakness/fatigue. I already feel fatigued anyway but it's more pronounced when I get the flank pain and nausea. Looking up adrenal fatigue on other sites I decided to conduct a low adrenal function test as suggested on one such site and to do that I had to test my blood pressure once when sitting and once when standing to check for a drop in blood pressure. I've only tested it once but I do occasionally get postural and orthostatic hypotension when standing from a sitting/lying position. I have read that a drop of 10 or more (I think of either systolic or diastolic is indicative of low adrenal function.)
These are the results for blood pressure:
Test 1 - sitting
Test 2 - standing
There's only a drop of 5 for systolic and a rise of 3 for diastolic, so I don't know unless I should measure this more. Why my pulse is much slower is anyone's guess but at rest its average is 56 beats per minute. Is there anyone out there who measures their blood pressure and pulse?
Other things that have been ruled out include diabetes and coeliac disease, both of which have come back negative.
The only other thing that has come back positive is Anti-Nuclear Antibodies but my doctor is not concerned about this as she believes it's down to the autoimmune response I have going on at present.
I also did an online adrenal test via Dr Wilson's adrenal fatigue site and my scores have come up with this:
(A score of more than 32 is adrenal fatigue)
(A score of more than 132 is severe adrenal fatigue)
Has anyone else used this site to see if they have adrenal fatigue and have they ever shown their results to their GP? If so, what did they say about them?
Would an endocrinologist check for adrenal issues? Have I got any adrenal issues at all or should I give the blood pressure measurements a few more tries? I really don't know what else I can do about this as I've been gorging on a lot of food and my body gets rid of it somehow. I'm 5'3" and weigh 7 stone 10/108lbs/49kg.
Repeat thyroid function test is the 20th January and the follow-up is on the 27th January but I'm not sure if an NHS GP knows a lot about adrenal issues. The GP I've been seeing lately has told me I have an autoimmune illness but I don't know if she would consider me to have adrenal problems - she hasn't said words to that effect anyway.
Thanks for any help.