Over the past few days I’ve been somewhat more pensive, reflecting on my person “pre-thyroid madness”. Like most of you I was vibrant and alive enjoying the joys of the world. Energy (compared to now) was boundless and I was just like any other 28 year old lass. So I’ve been thinking: ‘I wonder what my full thyroid panel was like then?’.
Is it possible that people who go through life and never have a thyroid issue (or any issue) could – if tested – have abnormal results? What if “pre-thyroid madness” my TSH was non-existent and T4/T3 were above the normal ranges BUT without being hyperactive. It would make the comparative decline dramatic even though blood tests have never truly show a severe case of hypothyroidism. The range is based on a population sample who have said they are fine so there must be truth to this. The range is frustrating in itself because it assumes that every person’s body, physiology, biochemistry is the same when it clearly IS NOT. For example when this population sample was taken let’s look at 2 “fine” people:
Person A has a T4 level of 13
Person B has a T4 level of 20
What if person B’s health starts to deteriorate. He pops along to his GP who promptly runs some blood tests. They have come back within the normal range and his T4 is now 13. Although a T4 level of 13 seems ok for Person A it has hugely impacted Person B’s wellbeing.
This is something we all know but what we don’t all know and most of us on this site are striving towards is a level of constant wellbeing, good health – the sacred sweet spot in your full thyroid panel. This is going to take us time; my journey is in it’s very early stages compared to some. But surely this is something the medical profession can help for future potential thyroid sufferers – in fact this goes for most health issues:
WE NEED HEALTH MOT’s
I believe that had we had a yearly MOT (like we must do with cars!) then there would be the data that we can now go back on and think – “Yip, that’s the level I felt well on, let me aim for that”. It’s a much better starting point and potentially end point. The GP’s couldn’t argue if your TSH was suppressed or T3 slightly high because for umpteen years previously it had been the case and there were no symptoms.
The point of the MOT is a yearly check-up and catch up with your GP when you are feeling well. I can see why this hasn’t been rolled out. You get one abnormal result back and change your life because of it even if the abnormal result is normal for you.
There’s nothing I can do now other than tinker and tweak my thyroid meds, ensure my vitamins and minerals are being looked after, eat well, play nicely and try and have fun. Although I can also inform my family and friends and make sure they get regular check-ups when everything is normal.