I was gobsmacked today to get blood test results showing I am 'subclinical hypothyroid'. Not a result I was expecting.
My actual results were TSH 5.2 (highlighted as high - 4.5 was top of range) and my free T4 was 10. This is normal, but on the low side as the bottom of the range is 9, so not galloping into normal by any means.
The GP I saw - not my own - was of the unspoken opinion that if I was showing symptoms I might want to consider treatment, although she was at great pains to point out that "we wouldn't normally consider this result as needing treatment". She said I should discuss it with my GP, who, frankly, I fight with too much already. I really do not want to take on another fight if this is really a 'healthy' result.
From other conditions of mine, I frankly no longer trust the NHS's opinion on what is normal in blood tests, so I am concerned as to how seriously to treat this, so thought I would come where there is probably a more accurate appraisal of thyroid blood tests!
Unfortunately I take medications that make me very tired, so I can't go by tiredness. The 'only' symptoms I have that fit hypothyroid are depression, slowly worsening for many years, apathy, likewise worsening for many years, chronically itchy skin, of many years standing, very badly ridged nails that split and break constantly, likewise of many years standing, chronic constipation that can take on lentils, broccoli, wholewheat and sultana bran in the one day and still not be moved, and itchy eyes and ears that just won't quit. EVERYTHING in me itches. I'm sure I have other symptoms tucked away that might fit, but I'm not interested in making things fit, just what I believe to be genuinely relevant.
I shall also put in for the record that I also have a neurological condition, Trigeminal Neuralgia, probably related to a B12 deficiency.
So, many experts on here, what do you think? A serious issue, or a storm in a teacup not worth engaging over?