Hi to all,
Here are my Thyroid test results from Blue Horizon (whose service was excellent).
CRP 1.10 <5.0 mgl
Ferritin 155.5 30-400 ug/l
TSH 2.8 0.27 -4.20 mIU/L
T4 Total 96.7 64.5 -142.0 nmol/L
Free T4 19.45 12-22 pmol/L
Free T3 4.09 3.1-6.8 pmol/L
Anti-Thyroidperoxidase abs 17.6 <34 kIU/L
Anti - Thyroglobulin 36.5 <115 kU/L
Vitamin D (25OH) Low 20 nmol/L Deficient <25
Consider reducing dose > 175
Vitamin B12 508 PMOL Deficient <140
Consider reducing dose >725
Serum Folate 16.14 nmol/L 8.83-60.8
I am a 56 year old male initially diagnosed with M.E. back in 2000, I got myself referred to the late Dr Skinner who advised conversion elevated TSH and conversion problems of T4/T3 and started me on Armour Thyroid. Within 3 weeks it was like a lifting of the clouds!
The symptoms of brain fog, tiredness, dry skin etc etc decreased and I was able to resume work.
My GP though was less than pleased and continually advised of the risks etc etc, which we all are told about concerning natural thyroid, despite many GP's having very little understanding of it themselves.
I continued until the sad death of Dr Skinner and then switched to Levothyroxine 75 mg which I have now been on continuously without adjustment.
The symptoms have gradually returned and I am left with:
Bone numbing cold despite many many layers of clothes!
Brain fog which has resulted in reduction of working hours
Frequent joint aches
The Thyroid results above do not look too bad but the doctor from Blue Horizon commented:
'There is a marked Vitamin D deficiency. I suggest you speak to your doctor about this result as supplementation looks to be advisable.'
This is a test bundled with the Thyroid 11 test and not one I have had before. My own reading of my Thyroid results are they are better than expected and certainly better TSH than before as I was around 7.5 after I came off Armour and was without medication for a while.
I know very little about Vitamin D deficiency and am trying to read up on it but I wondered if anyone on the boards has any experience of low Vitamin D and can give any advice on symptoms and also whether GP's are better educated in this than they are with Thyroids.
This is my first post having watched the boards and thank you to all those who contribute, as the sharing of knowledge is a blessing given the level of input many of us receive from our GP's when we arrive with our long list of symptoms and inevitably leave as frustrated as when we arrived.