Test results

Hello everyone

I have an appointment with my GP this week to discus thyroid results. These are the second batch of tests, following a general blood work after I saw my GP feeling exhausted, joint and muscle pains, hair thinning, including eyebrows, and other things I can now identify with thyroid problems now. The practice nurse called and asked me to make the appointment, she said TSH was up further (it was 24 previously) antibodies are raised and a couple of other readings are borderline. I realise this is vague, and I should have asked more details, but my questions for you kind people are, what should I expect at the appointment, and what should I ask.

Thank you, Kay

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  • Welcome to the forum, KayW.

    How long ago was TSH 24 and how much Levothyroxine were you prescribed?

  • TSH at 24 was at the end of January, and I have nothing prescribed. Kay

  • Kayw,

    Your GP should have prescribed Levothyroxine in January and MUST do so now that TSH has risen.  NICE recommends starting dose of 50-100mcg Levthyroxine for patients under 50 and without heart disease when TSH is >10.

    cks.nice.org.uk/hypothyroid...

  • Thank you for your speedy reply, Clutter. I've read the link to NICE, and I clearly fall into the category that requires treatment. Can you also tell me what  a raised Thyroperoxidase Antibody level means? The nurse who rang me said it was raised but didn't give levels. Thank you

  • Kayw,

    If thyroid peroxidase antibodies are above range it means they are positive for autoimmune thyroid disease (Hashimoto's) which causes 90% of hypothyroidism.  100% gluten-free diet may improve symptoms and reduce antibodies.

    chriskresser.com/the-gluten...

    thyroiduk.org.uk/tuk/about_...

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    I am not a medical professional and this information is not intended to be a substitute for medical guidance from your own doctor. Please check with your personal physician before applying any of these suggestions.

  • Thank you for this Clutter. Fingers crossed I will be able to get some treatment when I see my GP.

  • Hi I had my GP appointment today, and have been started on 25mg levothyroxine, with follow up bloods in 6 weeks, GP says she thoroughly expects to increase it, but wants to take it slowly. I feel so much happier, just by her recognising my problems. Anyone out there on this medication.... will my eyebrows grow back?

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