Advice please

Hi everyone

I have come over from the Pas/b12 def forum

I was diagnosed b12 and folate def with neuropathy in July, negative intrinsic factor for Pernicious anaemia, I had the loading jabs and then the gp stopped them due to high serum b12, its the usual problem with the gps, I have submitted a letter to the practice for reinstatement.

I also have an autoimmune condition Psoriatic Arthritis and low testosterone being treated with Testogel hormone replacement therapy.

I am aware that Thyroid and b12 def can overlap,

Gp has done the basic tsh test, result 1.5.

For many years I have had a red face and chest reported to gp many times, also seen a consultant haemotologist as I read about Polycythemia, he thinks not.

Lately the red face is more prevalent but at night time my body temperature is very hot and I have sleeping problems and a thumping heart.

I have felt unwell for a long time now but I feel as though I am hitting barriers at every turn.

Should I be asking for a full Thyroid panel test ? Or any other advice most welcome.

I am a 61 yr old male in the UK.

3 Replies

  • Welcome to the forum, Kenbowns.

    TSH 1.5 does not indicate primary hypothyroidism but TSH alone is not sufficient to rule out secondary hypothyroidism where TSH may be low-normal but FT4 low or below range. Unfortunately some GPs will only test FT4 when TSH is abnormal. FT3 is rarely tested in primary care.

    You can order a private thyroid test from Blue Horizon. Thyroid Plus 11 is the comprehensive thyroid and vitamin.mineral test


    I am not a medical professional and this information is not intended to be a substitute for medical advice from your own doctor. Please check with your personal physician before applying any of these suggestions.

  • Many thanks Clutter

    I was considering this particular test, I will do it now.

  • Hello Kenbowns,

    It may be useful to read up on Leaky Gut if you have P.A., which my husband has. He has had great success with following a gluten free diet; sounds awful, but M&S now offers a good range of G/F food, and the bread actually tastes authentic. G/F won't be the only thing to do-PA is a complicated condition- but I hope this helps a little.

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