I just came back from the medical center with a print out of my blood tests they took on Monday.
3 weeks ago while slouching on the sofa ( bending my head forward) that I felt like I had something a bit tight around my neck (it was like a strangling feeling). And it became uncomfortable to sleep as it felt like the lump was weighing down on my windpipe.
I've had nodules on my thyroid for years and had them checked 6 or 7 years ago (in another country) but haven't really worried about them since. Now I could feel a rather large lump on my right hand side of the thyroid and knew it must have all of a sudden grown much bigger. Sounds crazy that I didn't notice anything before but we were just told that our landlord wants to sell the house we are renting so we've been desperate to find a new place for the last month.
Anyway, I made an appointment with the GP who organized a blood test, and ultrasound (that appointment hasn't come through yet) and an appointment to see an Endocrinologist here in Oxford. After seeing the GP I went home and started to apply iodine on my neck every night as I've heard that since I'm 'hypo' my thyroid is struggling to make iodine and that we need to supplement with that. Now a few weeks later the lump has decreased a fair bit but it's still there.
So today as I asked for the print out of my blood test (and to get on with giving me an appointment for an ultrasound as I'm due to see an Endo at the end of the month) I was told that the doctor will have to call me for 3 of the things on the test. I walked a way a little shaky.
Now, I hope someone out there is willing to help me understand the the tests that seems to be concerning:
1. Full blood test FBC my value 152 g/L - 120.00-150.00g/L
2.Plasma TSH my value 0.12mU/L - 0.30 -4.20mU/L
3.Plasma Potassium my value 3.2mmol/L - 3.50 - 5.00mmol/L
My other thyroid tests seems okay:
T4 level 11.9pmol/L 9.00 - 19.00pmol/L
T3 level 3.6pmol/L 2.60 - 5.70 pmol/L
I take Armour Thyroid and have done that for 7 years or so but my body seems to do weird things when I get stressed. Last time we had to move I lost half of my hair. Has anyone heard of people's nodules flair up during stress?
LOVE to get some feedback to this as I'm new to the country and have nobody else to share this with. My experience with Endo's has never been of any help so I don't dare to put all my hope in to him/her giving me any help once I get there.
Thank you sooooo much!