Thyroid UK

No diagnosis yet

I'm getting blood tests taken next Tuesday. My symptoms are tiredness/lethargy, aches and pains in neck, shoulders, back and hips. Dry itchy skin. I have fine hair but no hair loss although my eyebrows are very sparse now. Eat healthy and have to push myself to exercise at least 5 days a week for 30/40 minutes yet stuck at same weight for weeks. I'm a 47 year old female. My sister, aunt, uncle and nana on my mum's side all have underactive thyroid. Doctor is testing for thyroid but also diabetes, b12, hormones, iron deficiency etc. If my tests come back normal, any advice to what I should ask my doctor next?

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Welcome to the forum, Suze1968.

If you have a walk-in phlebotomy service have your blood draw as early in the morning as possible as TSH is highest early in the day. Fast prior to the blood draw apart from water as TSH drops after eating.

'Normal' is a very broad range so ask for a printout of your results with the lab ref ranges (the figures in brackets after your results) when your doctor has seen the results and post them in a new question for comment/advice.


Hi Suze, Even if there is a genetic component there may be actions you can take now. Hashimoto's thyroiditis does attack your thyroid as most autoimmune conditions will attack some organ and endos will usually prescribe synthetic hormones. But before you get stuck on a lifelong monitor of your thyroid, you could learn the different manifestations that occur when the problem begins and possibly avoid it. These are functional neurologists and not endocrinologists so they look at the entire function of the hormone and nervous system. One 5 min. video and one 40 min. video and I think both will be extremely informative about what is happening.


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