Thyroid Test - no FT3 by GP

Just seen my GP, armed with all the evidence of FT3 test and was refused.  I am having usual function tests done, plus vitamins, iron etc., he said at my age most of my symptoms are perimenepausal.  He didn't want to test for antibodies because once you have Hashimotos it doesn't go away.  I wanted to see if my level had decreased.  So test next week, and take it from there.  He said I am within range (just) even though I said I should be nearer to 1 not 2.5. I have had such a tearful day today.  So I am going to get the test done private.  He said he has lots of people ask about T3 but nothing's proven to say adding it works, and I shouldn't look at American websites - stick to UK.  Thats where I got my info from!  So frustrated but I will get there, even if it's little steps at a time.  I will go back once my results are in, but in the meantime I will get my own done.  Thank you - rant over! 

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  • Thank you very interesting reading. 

  • Dollyduck,

    NHS doesn't usually retest antibody levels once a positive result has been returned.  FT3 is rarely tested in primary care unless TSH is <0.03 as they are looking for evidence of hyperthyroidism not low FT3 in hypothyroid patients.

  • Ok thank you didn't know that.

  • Thank you so much - very interesting reading.

  • Dollyduck - it sounds like you went to see my GP, almost word for word.  Mine said that everyone on the web had an axe to grind.  Yeah right - probably because you lot of numpties prefer to remain ignorant and leave us all ill!  The silver lining is that self treatment means you don't have to go cap in hand for dose increases.  Rant away - it's good for the soul :)

  • Thank you - so good knowing I am not the only one going through this.  (& I felt better after the rant!) 

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