Feeling desperate! Thyroid issue?

I'm a female in my mid 40's. I have Type 2 diabetes but am diet controlled. I also have high blood pressure and take a BP med and diuretic. I've been feeling unusually cold - it feels like an icy compress is being applied to various parts of my body . The tops of my legs are the worst and they sting with pain. I'm not sleeping, suffering badly with insomnia and absolutely drained of energy. I find if I do something like a walk it takes its toll the day after. Yesterday I went out for about 2 hours, didn't feel well whilst out and I've had the night from hell as a consequence.

I'm cold to the extent I'm putting my heating up to 25 degrees whilst hubby is moaning the house is too hot. I was previously someone who was usually hot and didn't have the central heating on unless unseasonably cold!

As I feel so rubbish I've not felt well enough to go to work today and have managed to get a Drs appointment for this afternoon. I've recently had blood tests done, checking for inflammation - told result was 1.76 (borderline) and nothing to worry about. Also told liver, thyroid etc were all "normal" but not sure what actual thyroid tests were done and what the figures were. My blood pressure is high and all over the place and my pulse rate is also up. My resting pulse is normally somewhere between the high 50's and mid 60's but has been up in the high 80's and 90's and went up to 101 at the weekend (all resting pulse rate readings).

Any advice would be gratefully received.

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  • Tigerlily72,

    What blood test was 1.76?

    Ask for a printout of your thyroid results and ranges and post them in a new question for comment. Resting pulse rate is normal between 65-100.

  • The 1.76 relates to the test for inflammation. Apologies for not making that clearer.

  • Tigerlily72,

    Okay. There are several tests for inflammation so it's a good idea to name the test and include the lab ref ranges.

  • Ok, thanks. I'm going to insist on a printout of the last tests. I believe they can do this on reception? Oh, think I'd also better mention that I live in the UK.

  • Tigerlily72,

    The Data Protection Act entitles patients to their results and ranges. You don't have to say why you want the results if the receptionist asks either. The practice is entitled to charge a nominal fee of £1/£2 to cover the cost of printer ink and paper.

  • Seen the Dr who didn't seem that concerned about how bad I am feeling. However, she has signed me as unfit for work for 2 weeks with "Nerve Pain" as she had to "put something" on the medical certificate and thinks it's nerve related. Told to double and even triple up on my amitriptyline and she's booked me an appointment to see my registered Dr next week to review.

    I remembered to ask for a printout of my blood tests - there's pages of it!!!

    So, here goes: (copied as per printout)

    Haemoglobin A1c level - IFCC standardised (XaPbt) = 43 mmol/mol. For monitoring QOF control targets are 59, 64, 75 mmol/mol

    Full Blood Count:-

    Total White Blood Count 8.6 10*9/l (4.0-11.0)

    Red Blood Cell Count 4.86 10*12/l (3.5-5.5)

    Haemoglobin concentration (Xa96v) 146 g/l (115-165.0)

    Haematocrit (X76tb) 0.431 l/l (0.37-0.47)

    Mean Cell Volume (42A) 88.7fl (78.0-100.0)

    Mean Cell Haemoglobin level (XE2pb) 30.0pg (27.0-32.0)

    Mean Cell haemoglobin concentration 339g/l (320-360)

    Red Blood Cell distribution width (XE2mO) 12.4% (11.5-15.5)

    Platelet count - observation 302 10*9/l (150.0-400.0)

    Mean Platelet volume 10.6 fl (8.0-12.0)

    Neutrophil count 4.3 10*9/L (2.0-7.5)

    Lymphocyte count 3.4 10*9/L (1.5-4.5)

    Monocyte count - observation 0.60 10*9/L (0.2-1.0)

    Eosinophil count - observation 0.29 10*9/L (0.04-0.4)

    Basophil count 0.1 10*9/L (<0.3)

    Serum TSH level (XaELV) 4.38 mIU/L (0.3-5.0) TSH within limits excludes primary but not secondary hypothyroidism.

    Plasma Viscosity (XE2pd) Above Range 1.76 mPa.s (1.5-1.72). Above high reference limit.

    Plasma fasting glucose level. 5.0 mmol/L (3.3-6.0)

    Serum ferritin level (XE24r) 50 ng/ml (15.0-350.0)

    If it's relevant I also have a whole load of figures for Liver function and serum and a calcium profile. Although it may as well be written in a foreign language!

    But to my untrained eye, no full thyroid tests from what I can tell.

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