Hi all, am new here but have been reading and learning!
I am not in the UK (I hope it's still ok to post) - I am English but living in Europe. I have health insurance but am not getting anywhere with doctors! I am feeling awful - completely exhausted and very shaky in a muscle-weakness kind of way (legs and arms shake when I do stuff, mostly OK when sitting) and can't concentrate. Also feel like I have a lump in my throat (though Dr has examined me and couldn't feel anything, but it was uncomfortable when she pressed there).
Had routine blood tests in Jan and my THS was 4 (no other thyroid tests done). My haemoglobin was low and ferritin borderline - had iron tablets and then a transfusion.
Four different doctors have now told me that a THS of 4 is perfectly fine, but I know from reading here and on other reputable sites that that is not necessarily so. At my last appointment I had bloods done but they weren't fasting tests. My results were THS 1.94 (0.35-3.74), Free T4 12.2 (9.8-18.8) and free T3 4.3 (3.4-6.1). It seems to me that although THS is better, T3 and T4 are a bit low? And am concerned that it wasn't a fasting test so maybe not accurate. I also had tests for antibodies which were negative.
Other tests showed that my ferritin was up to 132 (yay) but haemoglobin only borderline at 12.9. My magnesium was also borderline at 0.7 (0.7-1) and have been given supplements. I'm just mentioning this as I know mineral deficiencies are common with hypothyroid. Have previously had B12 test and was fine (very high as I had been supplementing!).
Have seen neurologist and he has ruled out neuro stuff regarding the shaking. Am on lots of meds that can cause fatigue BUT have been on them for years and mostly now at a low (and stable) dose, and have only been having symptoms since December last year.
I have an endocrinologist appt on Thursday, but not sure it's even worth going - am worried that if I show him the latest test results he will say everything is fine and I am back to square one. Thinking about not showing him test results and then he can just get them done again? (There is no central system here and my insurance should pay).
Can anyone help me make sense of my results? Should I go to appointment or just give up?
Thanks so much for reading,