Hi everyone, I am new on here, trying to sort my health out. I have not been diagnosed with a thyroid issue but I have quite a few hypothyroid symptoms. Most distressing is burning mouth, tongue, gums, lips and burning finger tips and tingling toes. As well as losing too much hair, sleep issues, sex drive totally gone. I have suffered from burning mouth for a while. it disappears and then comes back - maybe because of my eratic B vitamin supplementation. But it's back with a vengeance My other symptoms along with memory/brain fog/possible blurry vision (certainly not good) low temp etc etc. I already have an autoimmune disease (Rheumatoid Arthritis) and so have blood tests. I have been watching my TSH climb over the years - now at 3, six months ago was 2.5
My first question is: I have heard that TSH can be variable and not to rely on one blood test, but there again I have symptoms - so I think I will have to take my head out of the sand.
Secondly my GP marked my blood test print out as normal no action. No surpise re TSH but shocked re didn't join the dots re ferritin which I believe ideally should be 75 at least under 100 and mine is 140 and has been for a couple of yrs since menopause, so I asked for more indepth iron tests. And my serum is low and saturation percentage is only 18%. So I gather anemia of inflammation. Through diet and supplements I have managed to get my CRP down from 18 to 1.9 which was amazing after years of struggling. But that was 6 months ago, it is now up at 4.1. So my question is, being that such stored iron is not good and advice is to reduce by donating blood will this make me ill due to low useable iron? When I had periods, I always from my 20's had bad migraines during that week and with hindsight wonder if my useable iron fell too low then.
Thirdly, I believe that thyroid function is responsible for making LDL receptors on the cells. Not enough thyroid hormone, not enough receptors and too much LDL hanging around in the blood. My Cholesterol seems high, has been 7+ now 6+ , seemed it reduced as my inflammation marker dropped. But my Cholesterol is high because I have HDL percentage. So despite the high cholesterol would that mean I have enough LDL receptors?
I worry about my TSH climbing knowing it should be about 1 or less and the symptoms but can't face the prospect of tackling the GP. It is difficult enough having an autoimmune problem and preferring to use nutrition to help rather than the medical systems dastardly meds for RA. Trust me, it does not go down well. I feel because I have one auto immune that I may have Hashimotos. Could I ignore the whole FT3/4 Reverse T3 pistols at dawn scenario and just ask for TPO and the TGA (is it?) antibody tests? Just with the burning mouth symptoms going and then coming back I thought it may be antibody realted. Or can I just dose myself up with Premier Research Lab B vits and see whether it goes and forget the GP?thyroid confrontation? I dosed with and my result 6 months ago was 550 from 300 but has dropped to 400 now. I just want to stop worrying and stressing over