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Just discussed vit tests with doc

After joining this blog I have just asked doc for blood test results I have autoimmune hypothyroidism and there is no thyroid tissue left. Also have pernicious anaemia. Tiredness is controlled as long as I stay off gluten but now investigating chest pains that run from elbows to chin with pain in back and front chest. Thought it was heart problems so I'm going for ECG but doc said it could also be extreme reflex. Muscle weakness a problem and memory loss.

Blood results Ferritin 17ug1L - B12 71500ug 1L - Folate 12.3ug 1L

I'm on 125 levothyroxin, have been for years and 3 monthly B12 injections.

I hate taking drugs and usually manage my health with homeopathy so I'm trying homeopathic Nat. Phos. for what might be acid balance problems.

Any other thoughts on any of this are most welcome.



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It is quite usual for hypothyroidism to cause low acid which symptoms are so similar to high acid and that's why doctors prescribe antacids. They don't know much about clinical symptoms. Hypo - meaning slow causes everything in our body to slow down. Why try to reduce acid when we don't have much and it can cause immense pain. I myself was given something similar to Gaviscon and it caused me much more pain. I only took it for 3 days and have found relief with Betaine plus pepsin tablets and take 1 before each meal, partiularly with protein.

I am not too good with blood test results but I believer ferritin should be between 70-90 to be optimum. We need all our vitamins/minerals to be near optimum. When we have blood tests we need to put the ranges as well as labs differ and it makes it easier to comment. When we have PA (I have too) B12 is usually higher but I don't recognise your number.

Another member who is better than me will advise on your blood results.

Ask your GP for a Full Thyroid Function Test (probably wont do it but ask anyway). Ask for Vitamin D as we are usually deficient and it can also cause muscle pain, as can too low a dose of levothyroxine.

First, do not take thyroid medication on the morning of your blood test (if you take meds at night miss this dose) and take afterwards. Also have the test ask early as possible.

Full Thyroid Function Test : TSH, TT4, FT4, FT3

Get a print-out from the surgery with the ranges and post on a new question. I have a suspicion you may be undermedicated.


If your GP wont do the blood test or the ones he wont, you can have privately. Some labs do a pin-prick blood test.


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