I just received my NHS-based blood test results:
TSH: 14.24 mu/L (range 0.30 - 5.00). High!
Free T4: 5.5 pmol/L (range 7.0 - 20.0) Low.
Thyroid peroxidase antibod: 1 ku/L (range 0 - 9)
The first two readings above suggest hypothyroidism. The antibodies test is normal. Does that mean I don't have Hashimoto's?
My cholesterol (including bad LDL) values are also high. I understand that hypothyroidism can cause this. Pity.
I wonder how long I've had a malfunctioning thyroid gland? Approximately 35 years ago, when I was about 11, I noticed my general health take an unexpected turn for the worse. For instance, I was really good at running, and then over a very short period of time, my joints kind of "stiffened up" and lost flexibility, and I lost a lot of power/speed in my legs.
I need to go back to my doctor in a couple of months time, to get a follow-up blood test, to double-check these initial results. Then I suppose, if they are approximately the same, I will most likely begin medication for this illness...