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Where to find thyroid medication?

I posted recently here

I fear that I will have to self medicate.

Here are my results of my most recent blood test.

My blood results -

Serum free t4 - 10.8

Serum free triiodothyronine level - 5.2

Serum TSH level - 4.01

Could anyone tell me where I find it in a PM and how much they personally would recommend for me?

Many thanks

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Pearljamontoast, do you have the ref ranges for your results (figures in brackets after results)?


Yes I do, sorry I didn't post it earlier.

It's 10.8 (12.0 - 22.0) T4

5.2 (3.1 - 6.8) T3

4.01 (0.3 - 4.2) TSH

92.2 (0.0 - 35.0) SERUM THYROID PEROXIDASE AB (antibodies)

That was a blood test done a while ago in Feburary. I haven't got another one recently because I'm really scared of doctors and their refusal to treat me/their fat shaming of me.

I'd love to know where to get it, what to get and also how to get doctors to test me although I'm self medicating? Are you just meant to be honest with them? I know that most of those questions need to be PMed.

Many thanks. This forum is a complete life saver.


Pearl, TSH was so close to top of range 6 months ago it is likely to be over now and FT4 lower. Ask for another thyroid test, I'm sure you won't need to self medicate. If you do self medicate your GP doesn't have to agree to monitor bloods and you may need to pay for private thyroid tests as well as your own medication.

I'm baffled why they wouldn't treat you with FT4 below range. NICE states:

Overt hypothyroidism is diagnosed by a serum thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH) concentration above the normal reference range (the TSH concentration is almost always greater than 10 mU/L in overt hypothyroidism) and a serum free thyroxine (FT4) concentration below the reference range. Clinical features of hypothyroidism may be absent or present. (My underlining).


Thank you for your reply.

I'm seeing a doctor tomorrow who is apparently a good listener but I have no idea if he'll treat me because of what that endo said.

It's disgusting that she didn't treat me even though my bloods are obvious. I feel really upset about everything about it and I don't know what to say to get them to give me what I need.

I don't know whether to be open with the doctor about how if this doesn't work then I will need to self medicate.


Pearl, printout the NICE link and refer your GP to it. Thyroid levels are almost certain to have got worse since Feb but your GP will probably retest before making a diagnosis and prescribing. It shouldn't take more than a couple of days to get results back and for your GP to make a diagnosis.


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