Under active thyroid

Hey everyone.

I'm a 27 year old male. I was diagnosed with an under active thyroid 3 years ago. I was never offered medication for it and haven't needed it - until now. I think.

The last two weeks I've felt very up and down, but mainly down. Me and my wife have been trying fora baby but I haven't been able to motivate myself into wanting sex the last few weeks.

My question is am I entitled to ask for medication sure to these new circumstances. Thank you.

Ash

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  • SwanseaJack87, welcome to the forum.

    I think you need to request new thyroid function tests to see whether your TSH is now high enough to warrant treatment. Most GPs will prescribe Levothyroxine when TSH is over 5 or 6. All should prescribe if it is over 10. Arrange the blood test early in the morning when TSH is highest.

    thyroiduk.org.uk/tuk/diagno...

  • I had a blood test 4 weeks ago. All my gp said was to go in every 6 months for blood tests to keep an eye on things.

    Guessing my levels aren't high enough to warrant medication? Yet I feel this way.

  • Jack, that's the problem :( Hypothyroid symptoms often precede abnormal bloods by months/years. It's good practice to ask the practice receptionist or practice manager for a printout of all blood tests with the lab ref ranges. You can then track your thyroid progress or decline and can post the results in a new question if you want members to interpret or advise.

    Ask your GP to test ferritin, vitamin D, B12 and folate as hypothyroid patients often become deficient/low in the months prior to a diagnosis 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.

  • Thanks for your input. Now you mention it she said I was vitamin d deficient. I'll pop in tomorrow and ask for a printout of my blood test results and post them up for someone to advise me.

  • If you are vitamin D deficient, did she prescribe a supplement for you? She should have. Being deficient in vitamin D can make you feel very bad.

  • No, she didn't. She advised me to take vit d tablets and eat oily fish once a week. I've been taking the vitamins for 4 weeks now but have noticed no change.

  • Sounds like you could have a thyroid problem to me especially by the way you are feeling! You def should have been prescribed something if you are deficient in Vit D! Keep onto your GP as they don't really understand! You'll learn way more on here

    Hope you get sorted

  • Over the counter vitamin D tablets (and you have to take D3, not D2) only have enough Vitamin in to stop you getting worse, not to improve your levels. You need to be taking large amounts to correct a deficiency. By large I mean 10 or 20 times the daily requirement for a week or two. Vitamin D has effects on lots of your body hormones so I hope it makes you feel better soon.

  • Thank you all so much for your help. I'm booked in to seea different doctor on Monday. Here's hoping for some help

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