Dear all, I am very very sorry to tell you that I lost my husband last week. Although he had terminal cancer It was very sudden.
He also had hypothyroidism caused by some cancer treatment. A few months ago he became very anemic. They blamed it on using ibropen and possible stomach ulcer??? Over a good few months he had been getting weaker and weaker. The doctors and endocrinologist put it down to the cancer and anaemia. Due to the lack of energy he was not able to walk or move and eventually contacted cellulitis.
By accident I found out that hypothyroidism can cause anemia. At which stage I pushed for some thyroid function tests.
Plasma tsh level 0.05mU/L normal 0.30-4.20mU/L
Plasma free t4 level 11.4pmol/L Normal 9.00-19.00pmol/L
Plasma free t3 level <1.5pmol/L Normal 2.60-5.70pmol/L
Based on these test results he was prescribed 20 mg thyronine and increase levythxroxine by 25 mg he would now be on 150 mg. He only managed to take these for two day before he died.
He had appointment with the endocrinologist twice whilst he was feeling bad and the dr never ever suggested taking any t3 tests. He did TSH and free thyroxine??? As below but at this stage I was not aware what it meant.
Free thyroxine 12pmol/L
I am now questioning why he died and have suggested that the lack of t3 in his system could have significantly contributed to his death. They want to put down heart attack but I am not happy. Apart from his continuing severe sever fatigue he was a healthy man. I have managed to persuade them to do a full post mortem, although they have indicated that his thyroid levels would not show anyway.
I have various other concerns about the cancer too so the post mortem should be useful in that respect.
I feel they have let us down significantly and was interested if anyone else can shed any light on this or make any suggestions.
He was the most most amazing man and I owe it to him to see if there was any wrong doings. At the moment I am blaming myself for not taking care of him properly and should have picked up on this.
Thank you all