I have just had a load of blood tests done for the 6th time in 11 years, having had a range of symptoms over that time. For the first time I really suspected that my thyroid was the problem and so read up on it before I got my results, which meant that I could find out what tests were actually done and the levels etc. rather than accepting 'everything's normal' and being made to feel like I was making it all up! Not only did the Dr. give me my newest results, but a print out of all my blood test results over the last 11 years!
I have only ever had a TSH test, when I asked if I could have an T3 and T4 test he said that they could only be ordered by a consultant. Is this standard? I live in Gloucestershire.
I Pointed out that I have a lump on my throat, so fortunately he has sent me for an ultrasound on my thyroid, perhaps then he'll refer me.
Anyway, my results make for interesting reading;
2003. 0.6 - 2 months after my first child
2005. 4.5. - heart investigations due to ectopic heart beats and palpitations. Conclusion was more ectopic beats than he'd expect but deemed to be benign.
2006. 2.6. - 6 months pregnant. Probably benefitting from baby's hormones!
2009. 3.7 - Bowel investigations due to constipation, cramps, bloating etc.
2012. 3.7 Bowels again I think
2014 3.9 (last week). Tested at midday, I've since found out that this is when the level is lowest. Anyone know what difference this might make? This test was because of bowel issues again along with hot flushes and night sweats. My FSH was tested and its a very healthy 5, so NOT the change. I've been taking my basal body temperature for the past 4 days and its averaging at 36.25 C.
I've also had tests for arthritis due to joint pain, pins and needles and swollen fingers. I get migraines and dizzy spells and lack energy. Sometimes before my evening meal, I have to lie down and I can barely speak! Thank God for my lovely husband. My symptoms do seem to come and go though, I think I've kept them in check mostly over the last couple of years with excercise. I usually run about 9 miles a week. I've also noticed that my last 2 tests were also done in the autumn. I've read that the Thyroid can take a hit when the weather changes and days get shorter.
I'd be really interested in anyone's opinions of my results and where to go from here.
According to the American Association of Endocrinologists I've been hypothyroid for the last 9 years, but the UK is a different story!