Hi. I posted earlier today regarding a previous low T3 level with 'normal' TSH and T4. Having felt close to collapse for the last few weeks I've just had another blood test and annoyingly the lab has only done a TSH, which is 2.79 (the lab gives the range as 0.27-4.2). This was taken at 4pm, so probably at its highest level.
I've been told to repeat the renal function tests in a month as serum sodium was 141 (range 133-146) and serum creatinine was 87 (range 44-80). Not sure if these are relevant. Serum FSH was 14.4 (range 3.5-12.5). GFR was 61ml/min/1,73m2 – no idea what this is, but it looks as though this should be greater than 90. Does this mean anything to anyone out there?!
I have classic hypo symptoms – no appetite, terrible exhaustion, outer third of eyebrows fallen out, weight gain, pains and weakness in hands and limbs, lots of headaches, low mood, plus a thyroid swelling that came up over the weekend. Also brain fog, mixing up words, writing words backwards (very worrying for an ex-journalist!) – I keep dropping things and find it hard to coordinate my hands (I am now a piano teacher, so this is my livelihood at stake). I was diagnosed with Graves disease three years ago, but it was sorted with carbimazole and I'm no longer on medication; however I think it's now gone the other way. A previous GP tested for antibodies last year, but it was clear. The GP has just said to come back in a month for another blood test.
I seem to remember that the NICE guidelines say that if there is a thyroid swelling and symptoms then I should be referred to a specialist within two weeks – but I would be referred to the endos who previously said that low T3 is nothing to worry about.
I live near Reading but can travel easily into London or Oxford. Can anyone recommend a sympathetic and thorough private endo who can also investigate my adrenals, as I think adrenal fatigue may be an alternative explanation. I can't really afford this, but nor can I afford to be turning down work.
I'm very worried about all of this as I'm a self-employed single mum with no family support and feeling very alone, weak and scared.