crystal p

hi I have an underactive thyroid for which I am prescribed 100mg thyroxine

I also havehad my gallbladder removed due to gallstones, I get alot of digestion problems, latest blood test give my t4 as beeb 23 gp says it is too high so I am going to insist on beingreferred to endocrinologist for the first time, I was diagnosed 2001 but it was not even mentioned ti me till I discovered it through accessing my medical records, has anyone got any suggestions for help with lack of gallbladder and possible hashimotos form of underactive thyroid as fed up with it all at moment.thanks a lot for any help offered

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  • An awful lot of hypos have their gallbladders removed, it's a hypo symptom. I had mine removed many years ago. That's never caused me any problems.

    But, what did cause me problems was being unable to convert T4 - the storage hormone - to T3, the active hormone.

    Tell your doctor you want your FT3 tested before you agree to having your dose reduced, because if your T4 goes down, so will your T3. And the only way to see if you're converting is to have your FT4 and FT3 tested at the same time.

    You could also have nutritional deficiencies - most hypos have. So, ask him to check your vit D, vit B12, folate and ferritin. These all need to be optimal - not just in range - for you body to be able to use thyroid hormones.

    Always ask for a print-out of your results after any blood test - it is your legal right to have one under the 1998 Data Protection Act. And don't forget the ranges - the numbers by themselves are meaningless. :)

  • thank you Greygoose, I will get on with your advice

  • You're welcome. :)

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