I was diagnosed as having an underactive thyroid about 5 weeks ago, after feeling unwell for some time- aches, fatigue, weight gain, chronic constipation etc. I've recently moved and registered with my local GP, and had a blood test-
My blood results are below:
Serum Free T4: 12.2 (12-22)
Serum TSH: 14.13 (0.27-4.2)
Serum Cholesterol: 5.5 <5.2
Serum creatinine : 75 (44-80)
Serum Vit B12 352 (180-800)
Serum Ferritin 221 (25-300)
Serum Folate 5.9 (3-20)
Full blood count
Total white cell- 2.5 (4.0-11)
Neutrophil count 1 (2-7.5)
Monocyte 0.2 (0.2-0.8)
When I saw my Dr, he said I had an underactive thyroid and would need medication for life. He gave me a prescription and gave me a blood test form and told me to make an appointment for 3 months and sent me on my way. He also said my WBC was low and we'd retest it in 2 weeks. I was in shock. I filled my prescription- which was for two months!! Supply of Levothyroxine 50mig. When I saw the nurse to check my WBC two weeks later, she said the Dr had made a mistake and I had to go back before the meds ran out.
Two weeks later I had a call from the receptionist saying the Dr had looked at my new WBC results and I didn't need to worry as they had imroved, so he didn't need to see me. It was only after reading on this website that I realised that I could obtain my results, so I did. My second WBC results are as follows-
Total white blood count 3 (4-11)
Neutrophil count 1.3 (2-7.5)
Lymphocyte count 1.4 (1.5-4.00) so some improvement but not within normal, but the Dr isn't concerned?.
I saw my old Dr before moving in 2013 and was told at the time my results were normal. I recently obtained those results and they are below:
Serum free T4 11.9 (11-23)
Serum TSH 5.25 (0.35-5.5)
Total white cell count 3.1 (3.8-11)
MCH 33.2 (27-31)
Neutrophil 1.5 (2-8)
I was told after the above blood test in 2013 that my results were normal- but I never saw those results until recently. But they are not in normal range, and this wasn't investigated or considered an issue?
I had carpal tunnel surgery on my right hand in 2012, but never the left as I felt surgery mad no difference, in fact I had more pain in my right thumb than ever. Is there a link between the thyroid function and carpal tunnel?
So I have little confidence in my GP practice and am very nervous about going back- they even lost my prescription exception form and I still havent got my card for free prescriptions!
However, I'm feeling worse than ever , despite the Levothyroxine 50 for 5 weeks, and just want some answers so I can help myself to feel better.
My Dr didn't seem interested in why my thyroid isn't working or why I have a LWB count. So can I ask him to do further tests, and will he. For example, how do I find out if I have Hashimoto's- what tests can I ask for? And my mother had severe rheumatoid arthritis- and my joints ache so much. Is there a test for that? And I also have very tender pressure points on my body and have had for over a year- and I wondered whether that is connected- above the elbow, either side of sternum, back of neck and shoulders.
Also at my next test- should I ask for T3 and Vit D?
This all feels so overwhelming and any comments and support would be most welcome.
Thank you so much.
I was not tested for T3 or Vitamin D or antibodies