My thyroid results - help please!

My thyroid results - help please!

Hi there,

I'm 28 years old and have felt really ill with a huge number of issues (fatigue, headaches, dizziness, muscle pains etc) throughout basically all of my 20s. The doctors I've seen over the years have basically completely dismissed me as an anxious hypochondriac.

I recently ordered some tests from Blue Horizon, and so far the only results I've got through are my thyroid ones.

The cover letter mentions that my thyroid antibodies result "increases the possibility of your having autoimmune thyroid disease, such as Hashimoto's thyroiditis or Grave's disease".

My next step will be taking this to my GP (who I don't imagine will be happy I've taken this into my own hands), so I wondered if anyone would mind having a look first to see what you think? Does it look like my thyroid could be the root of my problems?

I've added a screenshot of my results.

Thanks so much in advance for any advice!

Edit:

Thought it might be helpful for you to have a more detailed list of my symptoms:

Feeling exhausted all the time

headaches,

dizziness/vertigo (every day when I wake up, and also if I exert myself at all, but even if I'm not yet out of breath)

feeling thirsty all the time and always needing a wee (when I go to the loo I never feel like my bladder properly empties so already need a wee before I've even washed my hands)

A weird sort of tingling that will only stop of I touch it, I get this in my knees, arms, scalp, nose and cheeks (not necessarily at the same time)

A loud thumping/fluttering in my ear when I touch my face (this has been happening as long as I can remember, although it's getting steadily worse, and i no longer need to touch my face for the sound)

My hands often go numb and I get pins and needles

I often feel bruised all over, even though nothing has happened to me

In the last couple of years I've had real sleep problems, waking up at 2 or 3 in the morning every night and not getting back to sleep

Painful joints, especially my wrists

I get very bloated, to the point that I look around 8 months pregnant quite often.

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  • Sick-and-Tired,

    You do have a thyroid problem. Your FT4 and FT3 are currently very good but TSH is over range so your thyroid is being flogged by TSH to produce the FT4 and FT3.

    thyroiduk.org.uk/tuk/diagno...

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

    Thyroid peroxidase antibodies 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_...

    medscape.com/viewarticle/76...

    B12 327 is suboptimal and may be why you have pins and needles and numbness in your hands. PA Society recommend 1,000 is optimal. Supplement 1,000mcg methylcobalamin with a B Complex vitamin.

    Folate is adequate and will be boosted by the folic acid or methylfolate in the B Complex.

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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 so much. This information is all incredibly useful. I will cut out gluten starting tomorrow!

    With the results I've got, is Hashimoto's just an interpretation, or is it fairly black and white? I'm just wondering how much I'll need to convince my GP.

  • Sick-and-Tired,

    Positive thyroid peroxidase and/or thyroglobulin antibodies = Hashimoto's. UK doctors don't seem to like the term Hashimoto's and will likely call it thyroiditis, autoimmune thyroiditis or chronic thyroiditis.

  • THANK YOU so much. This really is so incredibly helpful!

    One last question (sorry!) I'm assuming my doctor will want to run the tests again. Will cutting out gluten first affect any results she might do? I want to get healing my body asap, but don't want her to doubt the result!

    Again, thanks so much for your help - makes me feel a lot less apprehensive about the results!

  • Sick-and-tired,

    Gluten-free won't affect your thyroid levels and its likely to take months/years before it reduces antibodies.

  • Thank you. I'll start right away then. Wow - what a lifestyle change. It will all be worth it if it makes me feel better.

    Thanks again for all your help. :-)

  • T3 is the active thyroid hormone which controls the metabolism and therefore the symptoms. Your Free T3 is good so you should not have hypothyroid symptoms.

    As you are still having what appear to be hypothyroid symptoms, one possible cause is a genetic condition commonly known as Thyroid Hormone Resistance. It causes hypothyroid symptoms and requires very high T3 levels in the body to overcome the resistance.

    Your TSH is over range would fit with this as it shows the body's attempt to increase T3.

    If there are other family members with fibromyalgia, CFS, ME, Coeliac Disease, MS, Heart Disease, thyroid or depression this would further support this.

    You do have high antibodies, which can make your thyroid produce too little or too much hormones. As your Free T3 and Free T4 are currently good the antibodies are not the current problem, but they could cause problems in the future.

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