My latest NHS results are in:
T4: 17.3 (10-23pmol/L)
TSH: 6 (0.27-4.2mIU/L)
Folate: 10.9 (3.10-20.50ug/L)
B12: 471 (187-883ng/L)
Ferritin: 59 (22-275)
This is in the context of a Medichecks blood test the day before that found low T3 (which the NHS don't check for):
TSH: 5.98 (0.27-4.20)
FT4: 16.74 (12-22)
TT4: 83 (59-154)
FT3: 3.04 (3.1-6.8)
The doctor has raised my Levo from 100mcg to 125mcg to address my symptoms of fatigue and low heart rate. He referred me to a thyroid clinic when I mentioned T3 levels.
That will take a few weeks to come through, and I'm wondering what I should do in the meantime. According to my research, my ferritin is on the low side (should be >100) and likewise my B12 (should be >500).
I'm already taking a Vitamin D supplement daily (25mg), but haven't checked my levels. I don't take a Selenium supplement, nor have I checked those levels.
I'd like to address this ASAP, of course, but I also don't want to mess up anything that might have long term consequences before seeing the endo (which could be ages away!).
I'm thinking a plan of action could be:
- Test Selenium levels with Medichecks before supplementing (because with over-supplementation there's an increased risk of bad things happening to men).
- Start taking B12 supplement and monitor symptoms (because it can't hurt).
- Test T3 and Reverse T3 in a couple of weeks, once the additional 25mcg levo has had time to take effect. This will give me extra ammo for the endocrinologist whenever that happens.
- I have no idea how to raise Ferritin, other than eating liver, which I plan to do once per week.
How does that sound? Any of your suggestions or experiences would be great.