Hi all, I'm new here with a few questions that I hope you won't mind me asking
I started to get painful joints and upper arm pain through the summer - by the middle of August it was really very noticeable and uncomfortable, waking me up at night or preventing me getting to sleep until the early hours. I was also getting pain in the back of my neck and had been feeling quite weak in my limbs and a bit tired. My fingers were going numb sometimes, especially at night, my hands often felt swollen but didn't look swollen.
At the end of September I saw some family members I hadn't seen for a couple of months and they all commented that I had noticeably lost weight and looked ill. 2 days later I saw a friend who had not seen me in a while who was also very concerned by my appearance, so I made a doctors appointment.
GP tested my blood for lots of different things in the first week of October and I finally got my results yesterday, apparently the Vitamin D and TSH result mean the doctor needs to see me again. I couldn't get much out of the receptionist so I have no numbers and my appointment isn't until the beginning of November (so obviously not urgent!), therefore as yet I don't have much information but I do have some questions!
I am assuming the Vit D is too low - which seems odd given these symptoms started during one of the sunniest summers in some time in the UK So my questions are:
Are the Vit D levels and TSH levels linked and sorting out one will resolve the other?
If so, does a low Vit D level cause abnormal TSH levels or does the abnormal TSH levels cause the low Vit D - or can it be either way round?
I want to be prepared when I see the GP, as at my first visit he was quite dismissive (I told him I wasn't taking anything for the pain - but to quantify, I also went through childbirth with no pain relief so I can take pretty high levels of pain!) so would really appreciate any knowledge you can pass on from your own experiences - thank you for reading