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Need help with thyroid meds

Hay all. Hope some1 can out and point me in the right direction to purchase safe T3 tablets please. I've been taking the thyroxine for years now and do not feel any benefit from them. The doctors answer is just to get bloods redone and up the dose if needed. But latEly I've had a lot of swelling in hands and feet and have heard along with thyroxine taking t3 can help and need a safe site to buy them from . Can any1 help me please

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Well, your doctor could be right. Nothing will work if you don't take enough of it. But, impossible to say without seeing your lab results. Do you have any to share with us?

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Not atm waiting on next set of results to come back. They don't actually give the info out just if I need to increase the dose or not.


No, of course they don't. They'd rather you didn't know. That way, you can't ask awkward questions or contradict them.

But, it is your legal right to have a copy of your results, under the 1998 Data Protection Act. So, ring the receptionist, and tell her you will be round to pick up copies of your results at her convenience. If she asks what you want them for, just say for you private records.


So true!

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If they have not been done ......Suggest you ask GP to check levels of vitamin d, b12, folate and ferratin. These all need to at good (not just average) levels for thyroid hormones (our own or replacement ones) to work in our cells

Also have you had thyroid antibodies checked? There are two sorts TPO Ab and TG Ab. (Thyroid peroxidase and thyroglobulin) Both need checking, if either, or both are high this means autoimmune thyroid - called Hashimoto's, the most common cause in UK of being hypo.

Make sure you get the actual figures from tests (including ranges - figures in brackets). You are entitled to copies of your own results. Some surgeries make nominal charge for printing out. Alternatively you can now ask for online access to your own medical records. Though not all surgeries can do this yet, or may not have blood test results available yet online.

When you get results suggest you make a new post on here and members can offer advice on any vitamin supplements needed

If you can not get GP to do these tests, then like many of us, you can get them done privately

Blue Horizon - Thyroid plus eleven tests all these.

This is an easy to do fingerprick test you do at home, post back and they email results to you couple of days later.

Usual advice on ALL thyroid tests, (home one or on NHS) is to do early in morning, ideally before 9am. No food or drink beforehand (other than water) If you are taking Levo, then don't take it in 24 hours before (take straight after). This way your tests are always consistent, and it will show highest TSH, and as this is mainly all the medics decide dose on, best idea is to keep result as high as possible

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