What are the correct levels for a Hashimotos sufferer?

Hi,

Was diagnosed five years ago with Hashimotos.

Currently suffering with Carpal tunnel, brittle nails, dry skin, weight gain, constipation, hair loss!!!!

I had my bloods taken last Wednesday and have been called in to see the Doctor.

Can someone please give me the correct levels of the following so I can compare what the Doctor states is correct levels and what I see as correct?

TSH, T3, T4, Ferritin,Folates, Iron, VitD, B12, Antibodies.

Many thanks

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  • Different labs have different ranges. If you can, get a copy of your results (which will include ranges) and post them in a new message prior to your GP appointment and members will comment.

  • Thank you.

  • I have just read your post from 5 months ago. Someone asked for your results with ranges then - did you get them ? Difficult to give constructive support without them.

  • When you post your results please put the ranges in brackets next to them e.g.

    TSH 1.04 (0.4-5.0)

  • Thank you.

  • As a general rule, you need the levels that make you well - whatever they may be - but, usually people feel best with the Frees up near the top. If you know you have Hashi's, there's no point in testing antibodies again, it doesn't go away. But, you should have your TSH suppressed to reduce antibody activity. Ferritin and folate, at least mid-range. B12 at least 500. Vit D around 100. Iron will very according to the body's needs.

    But, as I said, these are just general levels to aim for. You might feel better before you get to those points. We're all different. However, don't expect your doctor to know any of that. He will just be happy if they're anywhere in range!

  • Thank you. The last time I questioned my Doctor about my levels, he actually google searched, Told him I would like to be sent to the Endocronologist, but he stated my levels were ok, and not to waste time!!!

  • Typical! But, to be honest, the endo probably wouldn't know any better, anyway. :(

  • Most people on levo need low TSH around 1-2 to be adequately treated.

    Do you have your latest blood test results, ideally TSH and including FT4 & FT3

    If they have not been done ......Suggest you ask GP to check levels of vitamin d, b12, folate and ferratin. These all need to at good (not just average) levels for thyroid hormones (our own or replacement ones) to work in our cells

    As you have Hashimoto's then you may find adopting 100% gluten free diet can really help reduce symptoms, and lower antibodies slowly over time too.

    You will see, time and time again on here lots of information and advice about importance of good levels of B12, folate, ferritin and vitamin D, low stomach acid, leaky gut and gluten connection to autoimmune Hashimoto's

    thyroidpharmacist.com

    thethyroidsecret.com/trailer/

    chriskresser.com/the-gluten...

    hypothyroidmom.com/92-of-ha...

    amymyersmd.com

    drknews.com

  • Thank you.

    Had to have B12 shots last year and 5000VitD3, also taking lanzoprazole for acid reflux.

    How do I find out about leaky gut, keep seeing comments about this.

    Have been clean eating for the past 6 months now, trying to lose weight and did see an improvement although slow.

    But everything has flared up again recently.

    Have asked for a copy of my bloods before I see the doc on Friday.

  • Are you still having B12 shots ? If so it is important to have good Folate levels as they work together in the body.

    Also are you supplementing Vit D ? Levels can drop quickly during winter months. Carpal tunnel can be linked to both low B12 and low thyroid.

    What other meds are you taking ?

  • You need to read up as much as possible, on here and elsewhere about the difference between low stomach acid and high. Symptoms are similar, but treatment very different.

    Most with Hashimoto's have low stomach acid.

    Lanzoprazole (or any other PPI) will lower B12 and magnesium and also stop/slow your ability to absorb thyroxine

    gov.uk/drug-safety-update/p...

    nhs.uk/Conditions/Anaemia-v...

    PPI's should only be prescribed for short duration, but many get left on them for years

    You can't just stop, have to ween off incredibly slowly. You can put a new post up asking advice

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