Any guidance appreciated :)

Hello, I've been having so many symptoms

Chronic fatigue, dry skin! Dry mouth , Hair loss , weight gain , pins n needles the list is endless! And it's taking its toll on my daily life, For 3 years! Doctors couldn't find anything wrong :( so I decided to do a private blood test - full thyroid function :) results was - everything was in normal range apart from

Thyroglobulin antibodies *215.600

Thyroid peroxidase antibodys *41.7

The doctor who reviewed this says it may suggest Hasimotos disease?...

I can't afford to carry on private! Do you think I should try convince my GP to help in some way ? Any help appreciated ... Leanne xx

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  • Can you post the rest of the results with ranges in brackets?

  • Hi , I've posted what they gave me results on a new post above! :)

    Not to clever with technology lol

  • Hold on a minute...what are the results of TSH, FT3 and FT4 ? Were any vitamin levels tested ? 'Normal' doesn't mean jack to us thyroidies, I'm afraid :( with antibodies outside the ranges, you have a thyroid problem, Cupcake, potentially Hashi's.

    Give the full reults (including the ranges, which are typically after the reading and in brackets ) and some wise heads will help you out :)

  • Hello :) yes had full blood count all vitamins etc , all good

    Although last year I was and anemic and very low in vitamin D :) but all good now! So they say x

  • Cupcake369 Yes, Hashimoto's. And according to Dr Toft, past president of the British Thyroid Association and leading endocrinologist, Levo should be started to 'nip things in the bud'.

    Email louise.roberts@thyroiduk.org.uk for a copy of the Pulse Online article that mentions this and you can show it to your GP.

    Out of interest, what were the other results? Even though they were within range, it's where in the range they fall that matters. You could be very top of range for TSH and very bottom of range for FT4 and FT3 and that should hopefully ring alarm bells with your GP.

    Did you get vitamins and minerals tested too? Pins and needles is suggestive of low B12, hair loss low ferritin. If you had those tested then post those results for comment.

  • A few words we do not listen to is 'normal' 'o.k' or fine if we are feeling awful and don't know what's happening to us.

    When blood tests are due for thyroid hormones, it should be the very earliest possible and fasting (you can drink water). Also if you are on thyroid hormones, usually taken first thing with a glass of water,, and wait about an hour before eating.

    Always get a print-out of your blood test results with the ranges. Ranges are important as labs differ and it makes it easier to comment.

    Some surgeries charge a small sum for paper/ink so get a print-out with the ranges of the results and put them on a new post.

    Wait till you get a response and if you've not had B12, Vit D, iron, ferritin and folate checked ask for these next time. We are usually deficient and that can also cause symptoms.

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