About a year ago now I was feeling awful and had thyroid tests done by GP which came back as follows:
TSH: 2.6 (range 0.5-5)
FT4: 12.4 (range 10 - 25)
They doctor told me at the time that my thyroid was fine and functioning normally. I did however have out of range low Vitamin D, and I also checked my own test results and found that my iron wasn't optimal by a long way and neither was my B12. I've corrected those deficiencies through a year of supplements and that has helped a bit, and I've also cut out gluten which helps too, but I'm still not feeling like myself.
I'm struggling with energy (wake up from a full nights sleep feeling as though I've been hit with a sledge hammer and then am exhausted by the afternoon), cramps in feet, achey muscles, dry skin, feeling cold all of the time (even when others are quite warm), irritable, often a low or changeable mood, and foggy brain/lack of focus for work.
I'm a bit lost for what it might be and whenever I search online I come across hypothyroidism/hashimotos again and again. The doctor won't do any further tests because my thyroid results last year were normal so I'm thinking I will go private with Blue Horizon.
- there are so many different test options... what are the things I really want to know? I don't have a huge budget but i'd rather pay and get all the information at once than do a smaller test now and then have to go back again because I don't have everything I need. (i'm looking at the thyroid plus 10 as i'd like to check my B12 status again as well, but wondering if I should be paying more to find out reverse T3 or other sex hormones etc. as well?).
- And, in your experience, are the finger prick tests as reliable as having blood taken at a hospital?
Thanks so much! Not sure what i'd do without these communities for information at the moment. Sarah.