Thyroid UK
82,985 members98,017 posts

What to ask/know

Good morning all.

Last week I had a blood test to rule out pre - menopause as my mum started hers age 29 (I am 39).

That test came back clear (phoned for results 30 mins ago).

I was told however my thyroid is under active and have Vit D difency (again, 2 years ago my score was 7).

My question is this, I know nothing about thyroid, I don't know if it has a score chart or anything. My appointment with my doctor is Monday for a full run down. Could you please help me be prepared with what I need to know, where can I find details/what do I need to know/ask?

Incase it is needed my symptoms are = a lot of hair falling out every day in shower, extremely tired and can fall asleep at a drop of a hat, lack of concentration/ memory, odd bleeding, depression.

Sorry for laying it on so thick, I guess I am a little shocked. Thank you for taking time to read, I hope you have a lovely day. :-)

4 Replies

Please read the following where there's lots of helpful info:

1 like

Welcome to the forum, Sniffvicks76. Ask your GP for a printout of your results with the lab ref ranges (the figures in brackets after your results). Post them in a new question and members will comment.

Ask your GP whether thyroid antibodies were tested to rule out autoimmune thyroid disease (Hashimoto's). If not, ask for them to be tested when you have your next thyroid blood test. Hypothyroid patients are often deficient/low in ferritin, vitamin D, B12 and folate so it's worth asking your GP to test them too.

Hypothyroidism is diagnosed when TSH is over range, sometimes 5 or 6, sometimes >10, or when FT4 is below range. Your symptoms are typically hypothyroid.

Depending on your levels you should be prescribed between 50-100mcg Levothyroxine. It takes 7-8 days for Levothyroxine to be absorbed before it starts working and 6 weeks to feel the full impact of the starting dose.You'll need a follow up thyroid blood test in 6-8 weeks to check levels and adjust dose. Always leave 24 hours between last dose and blood draw which is best done early in the morning when TSH is highest.

1 like

Thank you to you both. :-)

Very interesting sites you have guided me to, to sink my teeth into this weekend.

Wasn't expecting under active thyroid, I went to the doctors due to memory/concentration/tiredness and bleeding, but reading the symptoms (that didn't register for me to explain to the doctor) I also get pins and needles in left forearm to fingers and down my right leg, a lot of hair loss in shower/brushing hair and feeling cold to touch, (more so than my raynauds.

Thank you again, I will let you know the out come. :-)


Ah and more reading I learn there could be a connection with thyroid and vitiligo which I was diagnosed with last year. :-/


You may also like...