Thyroid UK

Hi, I'm new to this forum and don't know what to do anyone. I've blood tests on Tuesday for CRP, GGT, T4B and VISC?????

I've suffer ill health for yrs, scoliosis, osteoarthritis, depression etc.

Then in November 2011, I suffer a bout of Pneumonia. They put me on steroids, antibiotics and sent me home, the docs didn't even send me for a chest xray etc.

It took over 18 months of tests and 5 different docs then I got sent to see a specialist who did more tests, then last yrs I got diagnosed with Emphysema and Bronchiectasis.

I thought that was that but no, since 2012 my aches and pains have got so bad that my back locks on me and I find it hard doing anything. The stiffness I suffer in the morning is awful, some days I just can't move . My hands, feet and ankles are swollen and so is my right knee. The night sweats are horrible that I'm charging my bed nearly everyday but I get day sweats and sometimes day colds. I feel like I've got flu constantly and I'm feeling tired all the time.

My new doc that I've got has increased my antidepressants and painkillers and is sending me for these blood tests. He said that there is a possibility that I have Hypothyroidism but I don't know,

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I'm so sorry you're feeling so unwell. Is your doctor testing your thyroid function for hypothyroidism too? The tests are called Thyroid Function Test (TFT) or TSH, FT4 and FT3.

When you get your blood test results ask for a printout from your surgery and post them as a new question with the laboratory reference ranges and someone who understands them will comment.


Thank you, I get the results the week after the blood tests.

It will explain why I'm so tired and not sleeping at night. My hands and feet are so swollen at the moment that I can't grip properly. My legs are so heavy and for the past couple of weeks I've had a headache that comes and goes.

In the past Ive never really suffered headaches,


Hopefully your blood tests will lead to a diagnosis and relief of your symptoms. Try to rest even if you're unable to sleep and raise your feet on pillows to see if the swelling will decrease.


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