Hi there, I've been reading and trying to absorb the excellent information here - mostly struggling on that due to brain fog and memory issues! Also, before I forget (due to said memory issues), I am so impressed by the knowledge, time and patience of those replying to newbie posts. I'm not sure yet that there's much to be offered in my case since I'm still at a very early stage but nonetheless I appreciate all that must go into these replies. You are doing a great job
I can provide more background in terms of symptoms etc if needed, but to keep things brief here are some figures:
April 2014 Plasma TSH level (XaELW) 3.44mU/L (0.35 - 5.5)
Mar 2015 Plasma TSH level (XaELW) 2.84mU/L (0.3 - 4.2)
(Both the above part of wider basic tests by gp in response to fatigue etc. No further treatment)
Apr 2015 - TSH 2.92mlU/L (0.27 - 4.2)
FT4 12.0pmol/l (12.0 - 22.0)
(These results formed part of a private health screening by Bluecrest. Both were marked as fine. I didn't follow it up.)
April 2017 - Serum free T4 level 12.0 pmol/L (U 9 - 19)
Serum TSH level 5.9 miu/L (U 0.35 - 4.94)
Vit D 147nmol/L (I supplement.)
The clinician has noted: Elevated TSH; causes include the side effect of non-thyroidal illness, subclinical hypothyroidism and medication including anti-convulsants, amiodarone, beta-blockers etc. Suggest repeat in 3 - 6 months, after excluding non-thyroidal illness and drug effects. (I take no drugs on a regular basis.)
These were tests requested by my new gp (we moved house last year) again along with other tests, which I can supply if it helps.
My gp (who has seemed very sympathetic thus far) has asked for a repeat of the tests now rather than in 3 - 6 months’ time. (I would have pushed for that but am thankful that it wasn't necessary.)
The tests are being repeated on Wednesday and she is phoning me tomorrow, presumably to explain why they are being repeated as she won't know that I have a copy of the print out.
Is there any advice you can offer regarding anything I might raise with the gp ahead of the tests? Are there other tests I could try asking for? I am willing to have tests done privately but there seem to be such a range of options it's difficult to know which is the best choice.
(My father has hypothyroidism and type 2, insulin-controlled diabetes. I maintain prediabetic levels through low-carb, high-fat diet and have done for the last 3years+. )
Thanks for any advice you can offer.