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Hey guys

I have recently jointed the community so please bear with me if I don't understand a lot or use the wrong terminology. Back in may I seen GP has felt dreadful tired weight out of control cold all the time. I had blood done everything was spot on apart from my TSH was 4.27 got tol to repeat the bloods in 3 months.

Returned to GP in July has extremely exhausted and symptoms had got worse. GP suggested I was depressed so left surgery feeling peeved.

Got bloods done again in September TSH now 6.11 and antibodies 167 unsure what this means but more symptoms have occurred dizzy off balance feeling drunk like cotton wool in my head weight out of control no energy mood is happy bordering hyper then flat and sad.

Got ultrasound on thyroid next week but GP won't help as TSH below 10. Going back to Different GP tomorrow but I know he's going to fob me off with this 10 range thing

any advice??

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  • Welcome to the forum, Kirsty_S.

    Thyroid antibodies 167 are usually positive for autoimmune thyroid disease (Hashimoto's) which causes hypothyroidism. Adopting 100% gluten free diet can be helpful in managing Hashimoto's flare ups and may reduce antibodies.

    chriskresser.com/the-gluten...

    thyroiduk.org.uk/tuk/about_...

    Most doctors will diagnose and treat hypothyroidism when TSH is >5 in the presence of positive antibodies. Print out the document below and show your GP Dr. Toft's comments made to Pulse Magazine about the pragmaticism of treating hypothyroidism before TSH reaches10.

    thyroiduk.org.uk/tuk/about_...

    If you can't persuade one of the GP's in your practice to prescribe Levothyroxine I strongly recommend you change GP practice.

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    I am not a medical professional and this information is not intended to be a substitute for medical guidance from your own doctor. Please check with your personal physician before applying any of these suggestions.

  • Thanks I'm going to tomorrow I hope I get some help and answers I really feel unwell

  • Hey the GP said I should have been treated for autoimmune 3 weeks ago when results came in because my TSH is just going to keep rising due to the amount of antibodies attacking the thyroid. He's put me on 50mg levotheroxine I think it's called. He said I'll be on it forever. My TSH should come down but nothing to decrease the antibodies.

    Got ultrasound on it on Thursday. Still feeling rough though 😩😩

  • Kirsty_S, It is possible to decrease the antibodies in time. Look at the links I posted above on gluten-free diet.

    It takes 7-10 days to absorb Levothyroxine before it starts working, and up to 6 weeks to feel the full impact of a dose. 50mcg is a starting dose and it's likely dose will need increasing. You should have a thyroid test 6-8 weeks after starting Levothyoxine to check levels. Arrange an early morning, fasting test (water only) as TSH is highest early and drops post-prandially. Levothyroxine should be taken after the blood draw.

    For maximum absorption Levothyroxine should be taken with water on an empty stomach 1 hour before, or 2 hours after, food and drink, 2 hours away from other medication and supplements, and 4 hours away from iron, calcium, vitamin D and oestrogen.

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    I am not a medical professional and this information is not intended to be a substitute for medical guidance from your own doctor. Please check with your personal physician before applying any of these suggestions.

  • Thanks I've started buying gluten free bread rice and pasta but unsure what else I can change.

    I'm not due next blood test till December. thanks for the advice on the blood test though that's helpful.

    I have been taking them first thing on a morning and avoided food 1 hour afterwards. I'll let u know how I get on.

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