My TSH is checked every 6 months, because I have antibodies. The TSH is normally around 3.8 so I am not medicated.
In desperation I have had a private blood test (Blue Horizon) Please can someone help me to interpret the results? I can see that the TSH is better than I think I have ever had before (the test was at 9.30am - not sure if that makes a difference).
Free T4 13.3 (Ref range: pmol/L 9.0 - 20.0)
TSH 2.47 (Ref range: uU/mL 0.3 - 6.00)
Free T3 3.8 (Ref range: pmol/L 3.1 - 6.8)
Do I also need the T3 and T4 to get real info or is this enough and I am fine? I do wonder if my problem is conversion, but don't know how to interpret.
At the moment I feel well, better than I have for years, but am not working and my 3 kids are still at school (I normally work term time).
I feel tired all the time, try to keep fit and practise yoga every morning to try to keep the aches and pains in the joints and limbs at bay (I am a qualified yoga teacher but had to stop). Sometimes the pain in my hip and knee are so bad that I cannot walk. I also cannot lose weight despite dieting and exercise (obviously I would like to for vanity reasons, but mainly as I figure the less weight I carry the better for my joints, and I also have border line hypertension). I also have incredibly heavy and long periods (does anyone else wonder at what point it becomes a haemorrhage?)
A recent FBC blood test showed that
WBC LO 3.58
Platelet count 303
Serum ferritin 13.6 (10 - 200)
Serum iron level LO 6.1 (11-30)
transferrin saturation index LO 8% (16 - 50)
I was tested for Celiac disease and was fine. So despite having taken Ferrous Fumarate EP 322mg every day pretty much for the last 3 years (which rather shocked the doctor) I have been put on a double dose of the Ferrous fumarate and now feel warm for the first time in years! I am less muddled in my thinking and seem to be worrying a bit less, and I am less bloated, my hands and feet look like my own again. My eyebrows have grown back again (I had the typical 3rd missing) and I am now able to grow my hair which is no longer showing bald spots on my scalp (I hope)!
So I guess that I would like to know if I was just anaemic?
(Sorry for such a long post - my first - I will try and keep it short in future!)
Thank you for your help.