Hi Everyone. I'm a complete newbie to this forum and Thyroid related issues.
I went to the doc experiencing extreme Left side pain and they ran a load of bloods as you'd expect. I've had weight related problems for about 8 years. Never terribly overweight but not able to lose no matter what I do, also suffered terribly with ridiculously heavy periods (sorry guys) so when the doc called me in saying I had Thyroid issues I thought 'that explains a lot'
But then he hit me with these labs:
Serum Free T4 32.9 pmol/L (9.0-23.0)
Serum TSH level <0.01 mu/L (0.20 - 4.50)
Serum Total T3 2.2 nmol/L (1.1 - 2.6)
And said I was hyPERthyroid not Hypo like I was expecting.
He then ran a Thyroid Peroxidase Antibody level test which came back as <10 kiu/L (0 - 35)
BUT all of my symptoms point to Hypothyroid. Weight gain, heavy periods, feeling freezing all the time, depression, joint aches.
While I was waiting to see the Endo, I actually felt better than I had for years and my pain went away.. now, literally all of a sudden, everything has gotten worse. I've gained 1/2 stone in 2 weeks, serious joint pain, feeling crazy tired and down.
My question is, has anybody had labs that point to Hyper but actually, eventually had a hypo diagnosis? And is there a possibility that because they didn't do a free T3 test, my body could be producing lots of T4 but not actually able to use it? I don't really understand how it works!
Sorry, that was a lot of info and questions but I'd be so grateful for any light anyone could shed. I'm waiting on another Endo appointment in about 6 weeks and a Thyroid scan but I feel so rotten and if I need different labs I'd like to get them done privately so I can be armed with a lot of questions the next time I see my Endo.
Thanks all of you for reading this. Wishing you all good health. Thyroid problems are horrible. xx