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Thyroid Borderline

My GP did a lot of blood tests when I went to see her with indigestion, as I have had peritonitis when when a duodenal ulcer perforated in the past. She referred me to a gastro consultant to be on the safe side.

He was very easy to talk to and checked the blood results my GP had sent him and said they are all fine except for borderline underactive, (I think) thyroid. He has ordered some tests to check it out, but told me it's only because of my history, he does't expect to find anything, but wants to be sure.

My concern is that I have over the past year or so, lost some of my hair, which is not really noticible as I have very thick hair, by the texture is also much dryer and finer and I have lost some of my eyebrows, my skin is very dry and the top layer just peels off. I am also tired a lot and find it impossible to do the same amount of work in the house as I used to. I have fibro diagnosed so put it all down to that.

I am seeing my GP on the 29th, but I don't really want to ask her about the thyroid result, as she will think I'm just a hypercondriac and maybe that is the case, but what does borderline mean and could it be that I have a problem that effects me even though it only shows up as borderline? Has anyone else experienced this?

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Woodbon, Borderline often describes results just below or above the ref range. Some patients are asymptomatic when borderline but others may have a multitude of debilitating symptoms.

Ask your GP receptionist or practice manager for a printout of the results with the lab ref ranges and post them in a new question and members will be able to advise prior to your appointment on the 29th.

Patients are entitled to their test results and asking to see them doesn't mark you out as a hypochondriac but as a patient taking interest in his/her health. Knowing your results and where they are in the ref range is important.


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