I am a newbie and this is my first post, so I am hoping not to break any rules!
I am a 68 year old male who was diagnosed with ME/CFS 10 years ago. I say "diagnosed" but looking back nobody actually came out and said so unequivocally, although that said my GP did accept the probability. It was more a case of a "process of elimination" when all other tests done were negative. But for my part I must say I had, and still have the classic symptoms.
However, as time has gone on and I have learned a good deal more on the subject, hypothyroidism has come into the picture. Also it is a fact that in the early days a thyroid blood test was never offered to me, and I had to request one myself early on. Indeed I have had three during this period and in each case I have been told that they came back "normal". I might add that I have only become aware more recently that the NHS no longer routinely does a full test and this is what concerns me. So much so that I am prepared to have a private test using one of the services recommended by Thyroid UK. But which one that is the question? As I am sure you know they are not exactly cheap on the one hand, but on the other I want to pay for the best most comprehensive blood test available, and hopefully get to the bottom of it. Perhaps I should mention that my current symptoms seem to me to fit those of hypothyroidism to the letter.
Can some kind soul much more knowedgable on the subject enlighten me on what specifically needs to be checked?
Any help would be appreciated.