Hello everyone, I am new to this site and am hoping you can give me some answers/guidance before I see my doctor on Monday about getting some tests done. This is a long post so please go with me!
I believe I have had symptoms of an underactive Thyroid for well over 8 years and every time I have been to see a GP, have come away feeling dismissed and not taken seriously. The one time I did have a test done, I was told I fell within 'normal' range but was not given any further information - the doctor got quite cross with me when I asked where on their 'range' I was. Following that I paid for a private test - was told the relationship between my Pituitary and Thyroid was similar to an orchestra playing but not following the conductor. Basically things were not right. I stupidly didn't take the result to the doctors simply because of the history re lack of action and concern.
My last visit to the doctor was about 13 months ago and I took the opportunity to discuss my thinning hair (again) and possible link to thyroid; was told it couldn't possibly be that and no test offered to find out what might be the cause. A month ago I visited my mother and sister who both commented on the lack of hair on my head and had I been to the doctor. Grrrr!! My mother was diagnosed with an underactive thyroid about 20 years ago and my sister about 2 years ago.
I have an appointment on Monday and would like to be better prepared. I have tried to read up on things but find it hard to get my head around all the science. But am going to ask for a full Thryroid test, including T4 and T3.
Would you recommend I take the results of my 6 year old test with me and can anyone give me a clear, simple explanation of the parts within and what it means - see attached photo? Do you have any suggestions about what I say to the doctor based on this? Are things likely to have changed since then?
There was a second page which I couldn't upload here. If you can imagine a flow chart, it has two parts: the Central Regulation made up of a box marked Pituitary at the top with TSH showing 0.4 in lower red area. Below that is a box under the heading Thyroid Gland and a green figure of 14.3 FreeT4 and small amounts of T3. Next to that are two boxes under the title Auto Immunity; Anti TPO Antibody of 10 and TG Antibody of 20 (both in the green zone). The flow chart then divides in to Peripheral Regulations and two arrows; one to the left and one to the right. The left arrow is 5'Deiodinase Se Dependent leading to Free T3 Most Active at 2.7(red) and the right is 5 Deiodinase Reverse T3 Inactive (no number). At the bottom of the page, under both, it sayss T2 Inactive. I don't know if that will make sense to anyone but am happy to email it if you want to see it!! Don't know what 'T2 ' is.
The other thing I am going to ask is for a full hormone test. I am nearly 50 and pretty much heading into the menopause too. Should I ask for specific things to be tested rather than a generic test? I know some symptoms of the menopause are similar to underactive thyroid so this might be tricky. Any advice?
I have realised that GP's are a mixed lot and I am not sure I hold out much hope. But I just want to feel more confident about what it is I am asking for and having something to back me up. any help and advice will be gratefully received! Thank you.