Thank you again to everyone who has been helping me to understand my blood results, given advice on vitamins, links to some great reading and steps going forward.
I know that booking an appointment with a doc to discuss the tests I'd like is probably going to met with the same amount of knowledge that has been given to me so far (zero) and get me nowhere, plus it's a lot to talk about in a 10min slot, so I have put together a letter with my requests that I intend dropping in tomorrow in the hope that someone will read it through thoroughly, understand that I am trying to fix / help myself and hopefully agree with my requests. I can but try. ☺
If anyone has any suggestions on improving my letter, something I may have missed or if you think it's ok, then I would be grateful for any comments. Thank you again, this forum has given me so much hope.
I am due another blood test in a few weeks time for Hypothyroidism (TSH & Free T4 levels) & Cholesterol levels and am writing to request a few additional tests.
I have been doing a lot of research and getting a lot of help from the Patient.Info website as well as the NHS, Thyroid UK Health Unlocked website & its community, in order to understand my condition and to help reverse some, if not all of the symptoms I am experiencing as well as reducing the associated risks....ie Cardiovascular disease, low thyroxine causes fats (lipids), cholesterol to rise.
I would be grateful if, as well as my TSH, Free T4 levels & Cholesterol tests, if I could also have the following tests -
Vit D, B12 & Folate to see if possible deficiencies are adding to my symptoms
'TPO ag' & 'Tg ab' to see if I have an autoimmune disease that is causing my hypothyroidism. My last 2 ESR levels were high and I have been advised to find out if there is a family history of any autoimmune disease. Unfortunately as I am estranged from my family I am unable to find out this information but I do know that my mother, paternal grandmother and at least 1 aunt were all hypothyroid sufferers so maybe there is an inherited autoimmune disease that has caused my condition.
I would also be grateful for a HbA1c test, as I continue to experience the Hypoglycemic symptoms that I initially came in with in February 2016 and have experienced for 10yrs+. I have learnt to manage episodes with a glass of milk and biscuit but still concerned that it happens in the first place
These tests will help me considerably if I need to re-look at my diet, nutrition & lifestyle going forward.
I am happy to come in to discuss before my next blood test if necessary.
I look forward to hearing from you.
Thank you for your time. '