I was diagnosed with M.E 12 years ago which has resulted in me giving up work and I am now virtually housebound. I also have Gilbert Syndrome, high cholesterol and low blood pressure and now recently I have been diagnosed with Hypothyroid. I suffer with all the common symptoms including fatigue, constipation, poor digestion, palpitations and shortness of breath etc. I do have a family history of Hypothyroid.
Last summer my health hit an all time low, I was extremely fatigued, lost my appetite and suffered with cold sores and boils. But I just put it all down to my M.E (as that is what
doctors had said it most probably was). It was only when I accompanied my son to the doctors and I fainted that I realised I was a more ill than I thought. A GP there did an ECG and everything was fine but I still made myself an appointment for some blood tests.
Free T4 level - 12.8 pmol/L (11.0 - 23.0)
TSH level 5.6 mu/L (0.35 - 5.50)
Cholesterol - 6
Ferritin 24 ug/L
The doctor refused to give me anything and told me to come back in 3 months. However, I wasn't coping and couldn't wait that long so after a month I went back to see a different doctor who ordered for me to have more blood tests and prescribed me Levothyroxine sodium 25 microgram. This was only after I begged and me and my husband refusing to leave until I was given something.
TSH level - 4.17 mu/L (0.35 - 5.50)
25-HO vit D3 level - 51.7 nmol/L >50.0
Folate - 2.7 ug/L (2.0 - 19.0)
My vitamin B12 was 1641 ng/L (190 - 900) but I have monthly B12 injections.
When I went back to the doctor he said that all my results were normal so would not up my medication as it would damage my heart. So when I asked him "So I just have to go home and suffer?" He replied with "I'm afraid so, yes". I left and when I got home, I cried.
It's only after reading posts on this site (that I'm so glad I have found) that I had the courage to return to my doctors surgery and request for my thyroid results of the past 12 years.
Sept 2000 - TSH - 3 mU/L 0.40 - 4.0 mU/L
July 2001 - TSH - 2.38 mU/L 0.40 - 4.0 mU/L
June 2009 - TSH 3.81 mU/L 0.35 - 5.5 mU/L
Now I would like advice on wether I should go private and have private blood tests as I have given up hope with my doctors and not got the energy to fight them, for them to only do nothing.