As men are less likely to suffer from Thyroid conditions according to statistics, it would appear that Doctors are less likely to investigate any TSH or T4 that is slightly high.(they only check TSH and T4 as the norm)
For example, the TSH level in my Thyroid test is always slightly high not that I had them very often. last December it was 6.1miu/L [0.35 - 5.5] and was told it was fine, so I decided to investigate further. I found the symptoms for under-active thyroid and decided that one of them fitted, I'm always cold unless its above 22 C.
I went back to the doctors added a view other symptoms that I gleamed from the web and got a re-test this time the TSH was 7.3 miu/L [0.35 - 5.5] T4 was in range but this time as I had reported symptoms they gave me pills Levothyroxine 50mg and was told to have another test in 8 weeks. I stopped taking the pills after 2 weeks as they really messed me up.
I had the blood test but this time they also checked for the antibodies TPO my TSH and TS4 was lower than the previous two readings but my TPO which has never been checked was greater than 1300
I assume it was of the scale. it should be between 0 - 60.
The odd thing is that my only symptom is that I feel cold at work all the time, but reading a lot of the posts people are suffering from this affliction with a TPO way less than mine.
So if you’re a man and ever have an above or below range in the TSH and T4 insist on a full Thyroid blood test.
Spread the word.