Hi, I'm a newbie in need of advice.
I've been feeling dreadful for months and I've had a load of blood tests done. Strong family history of thyroid (my mother, grand mother, great aunt and great gran).
I've just collected my test results from my GP and as my TSH level was 1.38 mu/l (0.3 -5.6) the notes state TSH is done as the first line test and FT4 is reflexed if TSH is <0.5 or >5.0 mu/L.
My mum's thyroid was missed for years and was only picked up when she had an angioplasty - the consultant said it was a common mistake for only the TSH to be looked at and estimated hers had failing for 10 years!
Thing is I can't really see the above story putting my GP in the mood to go against the current protocol and I've not found any guidelines to back the statement up.
My results also picked up a few minor things so not sure if my symptoms are down to that:
Vitamin D 16 nmol/L deficient <50 nmol/L
Plasma bilirubin level below range 6umol/L (7-35)
ESR above range 19mm/h (0.0-7.0)
Mean cell volume (42A) 81.8 (83-101)
Mean cell haemoglobin level 26.9 (27-32)
Red blood cell distribution width 16.2% (11.6-14)
Any comments/advice greatly received