Daughter feels rubbish - UPDATE

Daughter feels rubbish - UPDATE

Hello HU friends!


We have just come back from GPs and are feeling disappointed and confused. The locum said all results were normal but that we should make an appointment to see my daughter's named GP. We can't get an apt unless we ring each day on the off chance (!!)... anyway, we got a printout of the last results, at the top of each page, the word ABNORMAL. What is it going to take to get her feeling better? I'd really appreciate any comments please:

Many thanks, Dawn

5 Replies

  • Humanbean11,

    Low MCH can be a sign of iron deficiency anaemia.

    Ask your daughter's GP to check iron, ferritin, vitamin D, B12 and folate. Low/deficient levels can cause fatigue, musculoskeletal pain and low mood similar to hypothyroid symptoms.

    Your daughter might feel better with some Liothyronine (T3) added to Levothyroxine to improve her FT3. Thyroidectomised patients often do better on T4+T3 combination therapy but it can be very difficult getting it prescribed on the NHS and you may need a recommendation from an NHS endo.


    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.

  • Thanks Clutter

    What do you think of her TSH level? Also should FT3 be in the upper quarter to feel better, would Liothyronine help that? Sorry, lots of questions!

  • Humanbean11,

    TSH 0.02 is suppressed. It doesn't really matter what TSH is, it's FT4 and FT3 which important. Most patients will feel better with FT3 in the top third of range but a thyroidectomised patient is unlikely to achieve this on Levothyroxine which is why I suggested your daughter might benefit from adding some T3.

  • Thanks again, if we get no luck with her GP is this available to buy and could she self medicate? I'm going to ask about vitamin tests etc too as they haven't been checked, if GP won't do it I'll go to blue horizon... Saying that, I'm seriously tempted to just bypass the GP, I would if it was me.

    Thanks, Dawn

  • Humanbean11,

    Optimising vitamin and mineral levels can be very beneficial. If your GP or endo won't help with T3 it can be bought online without prescription. Post a question asking for sources to be sent to you via PM.

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