My medichecks results are back (finally managed to do a finger prick test - thanks to everyone who gave me the advice on how to get it done - very hot water and pricking the side near the nail bed worked!). All in normal range and no antibodies - glad to know that in some ways but also disappointed not to have a more clear cut answer. And test was done first thing in the morning having fasted the night before. So just to clarify - i've not had any diagnosis and i'm on no medication.
Will post photo of the result below but some context:
- Last time my thyroid results were checked (around April last year but just TSH and T4) they were as follows: TSH 2.6 (range 0.5 - 5.0) and Free T4 12.4 (range 10-25) - so slightly different ranges from what medichecks use. I'm assuming any movement in the numbers is just natural variation/because of the different ranges?
- At the same time as I had my thyroid checked last year I also had B12 and Ferritin done - B12 was a bit below optiomal at 450 (range 150-900) and Ferritin was low at 14 (range 9-90). Oh and Folate at the time was 19 (high end of range was 18).
- I started supplementing B12 and Iron then and got those numbers checked again by the Dr this December to see if my levels had raised from supplementing and my results were B12 was high - 1288 (range 197-771) and Ferritin was good at 87 (range 13-150). Aware both of those results might have been influenced by the fact I was still supplementing when testing. My folate was 10.4 (range 3.90-20.00) so fine in the middle of range I think.
I stopped supplementing Iron and B12 back in December as doctor said to. Now both of these numbers seem a bit lower again but the ranges are also different for medi-checks so finding it hard to work out the difference.
Last year I was also below range on Vitamin D - I had a loading dose of 40,000 per day for a few weeks and took 5000 per day right up until last month, then went back to the Dr to get it checked again. Now waiting for that result (apparently takes 3 weeks to come back at my new gp!).
And a last piece of information - I am entirely gluten free already and have been for four years or so - I've never been confirmed as celiac (negative blood test) but do have severe reactions to eating gluten so I stay well clear.
Sorry for the long context - just think it helps to have a fuller picture.
If it's not thyroid, which it seems it isn't - does anyone have any ideas as to what to explore next to try and get to the bottom of this. The symptoms I'm having often are:
- feeling colder than other people, especially hands/feet/nose
- generally feeling fatigued, although how tired I am does fluctuate up and down, but i am always aware of feeling more tired than friends the same age as me, and some days I just feel like I can't get started at all
- low concentration
- low libido
- dry skin and hair and often itchy eyes/eye lids
- heavier periods (they are regular though, I take agnus castus to help with this)
- feeling low, sometimes accompanied with bouts of anxiety
- body aches - particularly in my feet and legs in the mornings
- intolerance to exercise/ feeling generally weak
- i'm only 30 but some days I feel like i'm over 100!
- constipation - sometimes followed eventually by an upset stomach and then back to being constipated again
- just generally not feeling like myself
I feel like it's a hormonal imbalance somewhere but I don't know which one or how to find out and this has been going on for about 6 years now. Feeling really exhausted from all of this and would hugely appreciate any help or suggestions people might have. I feel like I can't just keep pushing through like this everyday - my partner and I want to start a family soon and at the moment I don't know how I would have the energy to look after someone else at all
Thank you for your time. This forum has been a god send in terms of finding information.