?? Thyriod issues

So i am recovering form Cancer and obviously i haven't had enough to contend with with going through the menopause in my 40's i may now have thyroid issues! to be honest i feel shocking and have no motivation and i hurt which has been put down to the menopause! Don't get me wrong, I'm glad that i know but now have to wait 2 weeks to see a GP! Just wanting some guidance as to what to ask and should i be asking for another blood test? What should i be asking them to check as T3 and T4 has been mentioned in many other articles. Thanks.

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  • KarenCain,

    If it was a hospital test which indicates you are hypothyroid the results and ranges may have been sent to your GP. If not, your GP should order a thyroid function test. Most TFT includes TSH and FT4 but some practices will only order TSH. FT3 is very rarely tested in primary practice.

    You can order private thyroid tests via thyroiduk.org.uk/tuk/testin... I recommend TSH, FT4, FT3, thyroid peroxidase antibodies, thyroglobulin antibodies. More comprehensive profiles include vitamins and minerals too ie ferritin, vitamin D, B12 and folate too. Musculoskeletal pain is often due to low vits and minerals.

  • I've now had some results back.

    T3 4.12

    T4 13.4

    Tsh 10.8 (gone up since last month)

    Serum thyroid peroxidase antibody 254 IU/ml

    Vit D 22

    Should I ask for the other tests? I have private health care through work. Wondering if I should see if I can get them involved. Any help welcomed.

  • KarenCain,

    Has your GP prescribed Levothyroxine and vitamin D3?

    TSH 10.8 means you are hypothyroid even though T4 and T3 are still almost certainly in range.

    Thyroid peroxidase antibodies are positive for autoimmune thyroid disease (Hashimoto's). There is no cure for Hashimoto's which causes 90% of hypothyroidism. Treatment is for the low thyroid levels it causes. Many people have found that 100% gluten-free diet is helpful in reducing Hashi flares, symptoms and eventually antibodies.

    chriskresser.com/the-gluten...

    thyroiduk.org.uk/tuk/about_...

    VitD 22 is deficient.

    Endocrinologists can be a mixed blessing. The good are generally helpful but useless ones you'd be better off without. I would wait and see how you do with your GP. It can take a few months to become optimally dosed and for symptoms to be relieved. If you are still feeling unwell in 6 months it might be worth seeing an endocrinologist then.

  • Thank you for getting back to me.

    I've been put on a course of meds for my Vit D.

    Should I request the other blood test. I've been told that my body won't absorb my thyroid meds if other things are out.

  • which cancer ?

    are you taking at least 5000 mg Vit C a day in split doses

    are you taking vit B compoiund and vit b12

    are you taking ferrous fumerate

    all are trashed in bith cancer and hypothyroid

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