Hi everyone! I'm new here and to the UK (from South Africa). I was recently diagnosed with autoimmune thyroiditis based on my antibody levels, but have "normal" thyroid function and hence have not started any treatment. I have a history in my family - both mother, maternal grandmother, and we suspect maternal great-grandmother have all had hypothyroidism, with severe symptoms.
Should I be requesting a new blood test to determine if my hormone levels are still within range? My symptoms have gotten worse, but not sure if related to the new location (ie my depression is much worse, and I am constantly cold, even if indoors but then will suddenly be too hot!?, and tired is an understatement - I sleep 10+ hours a night but never feel rested). How often are you entitled to blood tests on the NHS? Will they give credence to my test results from SA or will I be starting on a blank slate?
Results as follows:
21 January 2016:
TSH 4.33 (ref 0.35-4.94 uIU/ml)
Free T4 13.5 (ref 9-19 pmol/l)
Antithyroglobulin 17.07 (<4.11 IU/ml)
Antithyroid Peroxidase 429.82 (<5.61 IU/ml)
24 July 2016:
TSH 3.03 (ref 0.27-4.20 mIU/l)
Free T4 15 (ref 12-22 pmol/l)
Antithyroglobulin 139 (<116 IU/ml)
Antithyroid Peroxidase 108 (<10 IU/ml)
any advice would be appreciated. Thanks!