Well, I saw one of the GP Registrars at the surgery this afternoon, to ask for retesting of TSH, T4 and T3. I came out with request for TSH and T4, following ain interesting, and frustrating, discussion (if you can call it that)
It seems the lab will only test for T3 if the T4 is found to be particularly high and my level of T4, at 31 pmol/L (12-22), is not high enough to qualify so the lab won't do it, even if Dr requests it.
It was explained that docs don't need to know the T3 level - the body looks after that. Umm, I thought our bodies, if Hypo, may not actually be able to deal with this, hence needing testing
Then, when I asked about potential problems re converting T4 into T3, the doc told me that all we need is T4, which is given in tablet form, that the thyroid will make all the T3 it needs, and that T4 in blood stream is all one needs.
Oh, how I hate being lied to, feeling fobbed off etc etc. How can doctors expect to gain trust and respect when they are clearly just not educated in these issues. I'd so much rather they admit they don't know and that they will do some reading/research etc.
Also, she said that, as my B12 was 215 ng/L (197-771), I definitely was NOT deficient. I don't think she had any idea of any relationship between B12 and thyroxine.
Well, at least I can have TSH and T4 checked again. I'll make sure I go early morning, before any breakfast/coffee and before taking the morning's Levothyroxine.
Many thanks for reading, and your thoughts