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What does it all mean?

Hi lovely peeps

I'm new to this journey and after some pointers into what's going on???

Doctor is clueless / his words....,

Tsh 6.4

Ferritin 25

No thyroid antibodies

Weak positive ana

Folate 21.8

B12 987

On armor 2 grains - and symtpoms have gotten better (usual symtoms) but still have

Tiredness, hairloss, numb toes in cold and ZERO sex drive?!?!

Any advice mucho appreciated

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Do you have some reference ranges for these results? Ferritin looks low and TSH is high, meaning you need more Armour and an iron supplement but cannot be sure without ranges.


Sorry range for ferratin is 25-250

And no range for tsh - I struggled to get this number off the doc???? Why do they guard your results?

Thanks hennerton x


You are at the very bottom for ferritin. Did your doctor not flag this up? You definitely need a supplement, as you will find it hard to convert the T4 element of Armour to T3. Fortunately you have some T3 already in it but not enough to make you feel well. I suggest you ask to have an increase in Armour but it would be useful if he would also test FreeT4 and T3 to see exactly how you are. Then post here for more advice.


Funnily enough the doctor said it was normal?!?!? My ends literally just said to start irin sup's as she would like me at 70.

Also am I right in guessing that negative throid antibodies means no hashimotos?

Thanks again hennerton. Also forgot to say doctors and ends won't tedt free t3/4 or t3 ???


I am not a Hashimotos authority, as I had Graves but I am pretty sure that no antibodies means no Hashis. Perhaps someone else will confirm. They really should test T3, since you are taking T3 hormone in Armour. Try mentioning that it is important to check those levels. Makes me so angry the way they make our lives a misery but if we were diabetic, nothing would be too much trouble.


i agree totally totally! It's shocking how we're just fobbed off all to often!

Sorry to hear about graves - how are you now?


I had TT 8 years ago. Have tried every possible combination of medication . Nothing replaces a lost thyroid, whatever doctors say. I hope you get better once you increase dose and get a good boost of iron.

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Bless you - and thanks again you've been such a great help x


Natalie, Hennerton's right, no antibodies rules out autoimmune thyroid disease (Hashimoto's) and you are undermedicated on 2 grains as TSH should be just above or below 1.0 for someone on medication, although the T3 element in NDT often means TSH is suppressed.

If your doctors won't test FT4 and FT3 you can order your own from Blue Horizon and Genova via thyroiduk.org.uk/tuk/testin... but while your TSH is high your FT4 and FT3 will be low.