Blood Tests

Hi again. Just to remind you of the story so far - sorry if this is long-winded.

I have been feeling unwell for about a year; my symptoms are hair loss, dry itchy skin across my head, neck and chest (and now also my arms), brain fog, achy/painful joints/muscles, weight gain and fatigue. I went to the doctor last July, mainly because of the hair loss and itchy scalp, but I told her how I was feeling. She said that it might be my thyroid so, when I got home, I Googled it and found that my symptoms did seem to be a close match. I can't remember if she did a blood test or not then. Things didn't really get much better but, not wanting to be a nuisance, I didn't bother the doctor again until just before Christmas. I was fed up with feeling rough so, with a bit of time off work, I went back and this time she did send me for a thyroid test. When I got the results, the doctor said everything was fine and we could rule out thyroid trouble for now but, as I am Coeliac, she would repeat the test in a year. That was when I joined this group and was told by the lovely members on here to get a print out of my blood results. My TSH was 2.33 (0.2 - 4.5) and my T4 was 12 (10 - 24). From the advice given here I went back to the doctor armed with printouts from links I was given on here but she basically poo-poohed them and said I would probably feel better when spring arrived!! She did say she would order another set of bloods, this time to rule out some kind of inflammation or other - I didn't really know what else.

Anyway, back to the present, I went to the nurse today to have the blood test (it turned out to be phospholipid antiodies if that means anything to anybody!) and the nurse was lovely. I asked her what she was testing for and when she saw my reaction (I was still hoping the doctor had taken a bit of notice and ordered a thyroid antibody test) she told me to go back to the doctor and tell her exactly what I wanted and why. She also said that if the doctor said no then I was to ask for a very good reason for the refusal. The nurse also made a note on the screen to say that she had advised me to return and she suggested I see a different doctor. I am going to make an appointment but I was hoping that someone could help me so that when I do go back I say and ask for exactly the right thing. From reading this forum would I be right in thinking I need to ask for thyroid antibodies to be tested, Vit 12, Ferritin, Folate and vit D? I would appreciate any help and advice anyone can offer before I make another appointment as I am really worried that the doctor is going to think I am just being a nuisance. Thank you

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Yes, all the tests you have mentioned and TPO and ThAb tests. Don't worry that she'll think you're a nuisance, that is what they are paid (vast amounts) for. It's your health and your right to be treated properly.

Thanks mistydog. That's basically what the nurse said this morning. I'm just not very good at asking for something when I know they are against it!

Well there you go!

Ha ha. I've got an appointment on Wednesday so I've got a few days to think about it!!

I would tell them that you want a free t3 along with the other thyroid tests, antibodies too for Hashimoto.

Thanks Faith63

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