Hi people. I hope you will be able to help me with my blood results as I won't see my endocrinologist for another 4 weeks.
I am a 35 year old female. Approximately a month ago I was diagnosed with Hashimoto. I have always been exercising and always felt great, however for the last 2-3 months I've been loosing my hair really badly. I went to speak to my GP, but the first available appointment was in one month only. I though I would loose all my hair by that time, so I packed my bags and went abroad to do all tests there. After spending 200euros I found out that I have Hashi. My results were TSH 6.46 (0.27-4.2), FT4 12.37 (12 -22), Antibodies 379 (0-34), B12 189.6 (145-569), Ferritin 56,2 (15-150), Folic 11.63 (10.4 - 42.4), Zn 9.26 (9-18), Glucose 5,68 (4.11-5.89). They did not do FT3. My endo decided to put me on 25g of L-Thyroxine.
After doing some research I decided to wait a month and not start taking hormones, just to see how GF diet affects me. I did not feel any different. However I did not have any symptoms apart from hair loss anyway.
A few days ago I went private and did a blood test again. They checked only 4 things. TSH 7.07 (raised compared to the previous month), Antibodies 379 (stayed exactly the same), FT3 4.48 (3.66 - 6.72 ) (they did not check it last time , so I don't know whether those numbers have changed) , FT4 13.4 (raised compared to previous month).
So my questions are (baring in mind that I only went GF and did not take any hormones):
1. Why did my FT4 raised if I did not take any hormones?
2. Why there is no change in my antibodies if it is suggested that going GF and taking selenium and other supplements should affect antibodies count?
3. If I don't feel any different and there is no change in my antibodies, is it worth continuing with GF diet? It does not bother me much as I was not a great bread/past/pizza eater anyway, but would still love to be able to try some dishes rather than being restricted.
4. Is there any other way to see if GF is working?
5. Knowing that there is a greater chance of getting other autoimmune diseases, is it worth getting a private medical insurance to be able to access specialists more quickly and possibly getting better assistance? All in all it cost me £300-400 to go abroad and get all tests done and seeing an endo in one day. I don't know how much it would cost me to get private health insurance and whether it would be better than just hopping onto a plane.
6. I am also thinking about getting a life insurance. Having 3 kids I am a bit worried about getting MS or something similar... But again maybe it is just better to put that money into a savings bank account.
Sorry for such a long post, but always taking care of myself and being 100% healthy all my life (barely had a flu in the past 20 years) and discovering an incurable disease made me panic.