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I have a family history of thyroid, all the women on my mothers fathers side of the family including my mother have thyroid, mainly over active including my mother. My mother has always suspected that I have under active thyroid, I have most if not all of the symptoms associated with under active thyroid and have done for well over a decade, more recently I've started to get pins and needles/pain in my hands and fingers. I have a very stressful life due to a disabled young adult and every time I bring it up with the doctor she feel although my concerns and symptoms have merit my last 2 tests for thyroid have come back fine. I am now 37 my mother found out when she was in her early 30's am I just trying to give myself an answer for symptoms that could be associated with being over weight and stressed? Opinions gratefully received.

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Welcome to the forum, Emmylou79.

'Fine' usually just means your results are within range. It is helpful to know where in range your results are so ask your GP receptionist for a printout of your recent blood test results and ranges and post them in a new question for comment.

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Hi, Emmylou. Sorry to hear that you are not feeling well. Peeps here will be delighted to help, give an opinion, but not without some blood test results to guide them. Have you any you could post?


Just wondering if you'd had B12 tested, as pins and needles are neurological symptoms of B12 deficiency and should be treated with B12 injections:

Coincidentally, looking for something else, I came across this research:

"There is a high (approx 40%) prevalence of B12 deficiency in hypothyroid patients."


When you have a blood test for thyroid hormones it has to be the earliest, fasting (and if you were on thyroid hormones you'd allow a gap of approx 24 hours between the last dose and the test and take afterwards). You can drink water.

Many doctors only look at the TSH and it is highest early morning and drops throughout the day and can mean being diagnosed or not.


So what time is better for a blood test?


Has your doctor ruled out B12 deficiency, autoimmune thyroid conditions, diabetes etc? I can't think that pins and needles is a usual symptom of being overweight?


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