I am a recently diagnosed 49 yr old Hypo' and would be grateful for any feedback on my blood test results which I've finally managed to get hold of today. A bit of history first....
Feb 2016, saw Doc with a selection of symptoms that had come on suddenly over a 4 week+ period, inc bursting into tears, weekly weight gain, overwhelming tiredness and what can only be described as 'hypoglycemic symptoms'. Blood & urine samples taken...
FULL BLOOD COUNT all came back normal
LIVER FUNCTION all normal except Serum Total Bilirubin 23 umol/L (0.0-20.0)
THYROID FUNCTION Serum TSH 16.87mU/L (0.35-5.5), Serum Free T4 11.1 pmol/L(10.0-19.8)
UREA & ELECTROLYTES all normal
ESR Erythrocyte Sedimentation Rate 21mm (3.0-9.0)
FASTING GLUCOSE normal
At this stage I was told I was borderline underactive thyroid, had increased antibodies and to come back 1 month later for a retest.
FULL BLOOD COUNT all normal
ESR Erythrocyte Sedimentation Rate 13mm (3.0-9.0)
THYROID FUNCTION Serum TSH level 17.79 mU/L (0.35-5.5), Free T4 8.6 (10.0-19.8)
Doc prescribes 25mg of Levothyroxine & tells me my cholesterol is too high (5.6). When I question if that could be related to the underactive thyrpod diagnosis, Doc says 'No' and tells me to come back again in 3 months for another retest.
THYROID FUNCTION TEST Serum TSH 14.72 mU/L (0.35-5.5), Free T4 9.5 (10.0-19.8)
Doc now prescribes 75mg of Levo' and given dietry leaflet on how to reduce my cholesterol. I have to retested again in 2-3 months.
So, before finding this amazing forum I have been trying to educate myself on being a hypo'. I have found a checklist of symptoms, been thru' them with the family and concluded that maybe I have been fobbed off over the years at the docs with most things either relating to my age, a virus or just one of those things.
My acute tiredness has ceased, I'm not bursting into tears but I still can't drop any weight despite being a full-time very active gardener who eats healthily. I've always put my aches & pains down to my job and for years I've been more than aware of my distinct lack of eyebrows.
I'm OK, at least I think I am (not sure what normal is anymore ☺) but I would be grateful for any feedback, advice, etc on what I've written. Just an additional note, I was never told NOT to take my morning tablets before blood tests so I don't know if that has a bearing on my results. However, I was told not eat or drink ANYTHING before a Fasting Test, which explains why I look like a human pin cushion where apparently I am dehydrated at blood test time.
Thank you for your time.