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I've decided to sit up and take notice!

I was diagnosed hypothroidism 5 years ago, while being tested for umpteen other things because I was so unwell. My diagnosis was told as follows...

"You're hypothyroid, you'll take one of these a day for the rest of your life"

That was it lol

At the time I was so relieved to hear I hadn't got cancer, everything else was just a bonus !!

After reading a few posts here, I decided to get a copy of my recent test. I hadn't taken any levothyroxine prior to the test. The following results were recorded as 'Normal TFT results consistent with eurhthyroidism' (must look that up, never heard that word before!)

Serum free T4level 15.6 pool/l. 10.00 - 22.00 pmol/L

Serum Tsh Level 0.57 mU/L

0.10 - 4.00mU/L

I e no idea how 'normal' these figures are. I just know that I constantly feel fire and I'm getting fed up of it being put down to my arthritis.

I look forward to reading your opinions.

Ta :-)

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Sorry, meant to say, I'm on 75mg Levothyrixine


Hurdy-Gurdy, If you are euthyroid your thyroid levels are 'normal' or within range. Being euthyroid should mean your bloods are within range and you are free of hypothyroid symptoms.

TSH and FT4 in range are not enough to determine you are euthyroid. FT3 is needed to see whether you are converting sufficient T4 to T3. Your GP can request FT3 but the lab may not test it unless your TSH is suppressed <0.03. You can order your own FT3 test from Blue Horizon or Genova via thyroiduk.org.uk/tuk/testin...

Your levels don't indicate you are undermedicated but there is room for an increase to 100mcg or 75mcg/100mcg on alternate days to see whether it improves your FT4 and fatigue.

Ask your GP to test ferritin, vitamin D, B12 and folate as hypothyroid patients are often deficient/low and these deficiencies can cause musculoskeletal pain, fatigue and low mood similar to hypothyroid symptoms. Post your results with the lab ref ranges (the figures in brackets after your results) in a new question and members will advise whether supplementation is required.



That makes sense...thank you Clutter :-)


Hi hurdygurdy, my gp did exactly the same, he tried to explain about central heating system in my body I was so confused and I still am, that was 4 years ago.

I am also menopausal, and the heat my body produces is unbelievable soaked through.

Don't know which one is the culprit, I hate my health at the moment and have done for 4 years, had to give up work I was so bad, nearly killed my dog and myself.

But you go to gp tell symptoms and they just chuck hrt and antidepressants at you, no test no nothing.

I just want to feel normal, whatever normal is.

I hope you find relief soon. C


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