I was diagnosed hypothyroid 5 years ago in my early 40's and now take 125mg of levothyroxine. I have always tolerated it well and when the dose is right feel more energetic and optimistic. I have hashimotos and avoid gluten and night shades (really does make a difference) and generally do what I can to help myself. I have bupa which I can just about afford but to see a consultant I have to pay consultancy fees which really add up on top of excess. I made an appointment to see an endo at the London Clinic because my gp won't test anything other than tsh and it's always a struggle to get ferritin, vit d etc tested. I am menopausal with hot flushes and other delightful lack of Eastrogen symptoms! I have been feeling tired and irritable and also a sense of everything being a bit too much so I don't socialise in the way I might want. I'm not depressed and I look after my adrenals by not taking on too much but this procrastination, rather sit at home feeling is horrid and not me. New physical symptoms are aching hands that are numb and tingly in the mornings with stabbing pains in fingers and feeling wiped out, ie falling asleep in the bath after a busy day. It's hard to know what is just age, menopause related and how good I can expect to feel at 50!
If I'm going to splash out valuable cash on the endo I need to make it worthwhile. What tests should I ask for? My tsh usually sits below 1 but no idea about t3 etc so I'm having a full thyroid panel done. My ferritin and b12 are never optimal so I'm asking for those along with vit d. Any other thoughts? This really is my chance to get a full picture.