I apologise if this is a long post. I've been having many symptoms of hypothyroidism for some time (tiredness, weight gain, joint pains, coldness, mental slowing). Back in November I had blood tests and my GP told me that I had sub-clinical hypothyroidism but decided whilst I was a candidate for early treatment she wanted to re-test in January before medicating. Fast forward to January and when I went for my results she told me that everything was normal and there was no problem. This didn't explain my symptoms, which she brushed off as she had already tested for things like rheumatoid arthritis.
Today I had a consultant appointment as I have recently been fitted with my first hearing aid as I have also lost hearing. The consultant would have sent me for blood tests but as I had recently had tests he was able to check those. He was concerned by my antibody test as he said that it stated that a normal level was 9 and mine was recorded at 141. This was the reading in November but it was not repeated in January. As autoimmune diseases can affect hearing it was something he was concerned about but as he said, he is not a thyroid Dr so he said there may have been a reason why that particular test wouldn't be repeated. He has asked me to go back to my GP.
Having had a look through the Thyroid UK website I've noticed an article which states that high antibodies alone is sometimes enough for treatment - and I wondered if anyone else has any experience in this. As my GP wasn't very helpful I just want to go armed and ready.