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New here I had bloods done for hypothyroid a week ago

Thyroglobulin antibodies 289.3 (<115)

Thyroid peroxidase antibodies 91 (<34)

TSH 47.8 (0.2 - 4.2)

Free T4 10.3 (12 - 22)

Free T3 4.0 (3.1 - 6.8)

Ferritin 12 (15 - 150)

Folate 2.6 (4.6 - 18.7)

Vitamin B12 153 (180 - 900)

Vitamin D total 38.3 (25 - 50 deficient)

Diagnosed 2011 and taking levo

Symptoms are goitre difficult swallowing concentration low tiredness puffy eyes weight gain aches and pains

Thank you

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Has your doctor contacted you about these results? If not you need to make an urgent appointment to address your much too low Tsh level and all your vitamin deficiencies.

You need to increase Levothyroxine and retest every 6 weeks until you reach a TSH of around 1.0 or slightly lower and FT4, FT3 high in range and you are feeling well.

Your Levothyroxine won't work well unless you address your vitamin deficiencies. You need the correct supplements for all. You need loading doses for vitamin D as Per NICE guidelines and CCG local area guidelines will be similar.

Post your B12 and Folate results on the pernicious anaemia Healthunlocked forum for advice. You may need further testing of intrinsic factor to rule out pernicious anaemia.

You need supplements for iron and ask doc to do a full iron panel but don't delay supplementation. You'll either need an iron infusion or tablets 3 times a day. Check out SeasideSusie posts to other people for exact details of what you need to know. Take the info to your Doc to make sure you get correct treatment.


I have just received a phone call from the doctor he wants to see me about them today


He has to check your intrinsic factor to assess whether you also have pernicious anaemia.


You are very hypothyroid and that's why he's phoned you.

I see you have had good responses from members and I welcome you to our forum.

We have a lot to learn if we want to recover our health but you've had a good selection of blood tests which has revealed an awful lot of deficiencies and I suspect you feel awful.

When you have blood tests in future make the appointment at the very earliest, fasting and allow a gap of 24 hours between the last dose and the test and take afterwards. This gives you the best results as most doctors only go by the TSH and T4.

It will take some time for you to gradually increase your deficiencies in vitamins/minerals too.

Always get a print-out of your results with the ranges for your own records - we are entitled.

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bluepurple Are these GP tests? If not, have you shown them to your GP and what has been said?

Ferritin 12 (15 - 150)

If GP results, did you have an iron panel and full blood count done as well? If not you need to ask for one to see if you have iron deficiency anaemia.

Ferritin needs to be at least 70 for thyroid hormone to work, and half way through range is best, although I have seen it said that for females it should be 100-130.

Ideally, because of your below range ferritin, you need an iron infusion so ask for one, but you may only be prescribed tablets which will take months to raise your level whereas an infusion will raise your level within 24-48 hours.

If you are given iron tablets then take each iron tablet with 1000mg Vitamin C to aid absorption and help prevent constipaton. Always take iron 4 hours away from thyroid meds (if and when taking it) and two hours away from other medication and supplements as it will affect absorption.

If you are diagnosed with iron deficiency, the treatment is for Ferrous Fumarate 1 tablet 2 or 3 times a day. For low ferritin it is 1 tablet once or twice a day, but try and get the iron infusion first.


Folate 2.6 (4.6 - 18.7) Vitamin B12 153 (180 - 900)

This is appalling. Please go over to the Pernicious Anaemia Society forum here on Health Unlocked for further advice.

Do you have any signs of B12 deficiency b12deficiency.info/signs-an... (I would be very surprised if you haven't)

You are folate deficient with below range B12. I'm guessing you need testing for Pernicious Anaemia and you might very well need B12 injections. Please post on the PA forum and quote your Folate, B12 and Ferritin results, iron deficiency information if that has been diagnosed, also any signs of B12 deficiency. Don't wait, do it now healthunlocked.com/pasoc

I have read (but not researched so don't have links) that BCSH, UKNEQAS and NICE guidelines recommend:

"In the presence of discordance between test results and strong clinical features of deficiency, treatment should not be delayed to avoid neurological impairment."

And an extract from the book, "Could it be B12?" by Sally M. Pacholok:

"We believe that the 'normal' serum B12 threshold needs to be raised from 200 pg/ml to at least 450 pg/ml because deficiencies begin to appear in the cerebrospinal fluid below 550".

"For brain and nervous system health and prevention of disease in older adults, serum B12 levels should be maintained near or above 1000 pg/ml."

That's good enough for me and I keep mine around 1000. Sublingual methylcobalamin lozenges are what's needed to supplement B12 yourself along with a good B Complex to balance all the B vitamins.


Vitamin D total 38.3 (25 - 50 deficient)

Unfortunately, you are too high for the NICE guidelines to class you as Deficient whereby they would treat with loading doses intitially. You could ask your GP but don't be surprised if you're only prescribed 800iu D3 daily. If you are, buy your own supplements as follows


and take 10,000iu daily for 4-6 weeks then reduce to 5000iu daily.

When you've reached the level recommended by the Vit D Council - which is 100-150nmol/L - you'll need a sensible maintenance dose which may be 2000iu daily, it's trial and error so it's recommended to retest once or twice a year to keep within the recommended range. You can do this with a private fingerprick blood spot test with City Assays vitamindtest.org.uk/

There are important cofactors needed when taking D3


D3 aids absorption of calcium from food and K2-MK7 directs the calcium to bones and teeth where it is needed and away from arteries and soft tissues where it can be deposited and cause problems.

D3 and K2 are fat soluble so should be taken with the fattiest meal of the day, D3 four hours away from thyroid meds.

Magnesium comes in different forms, check to see which would suit you best and as it's calming it's best taken in the evening, four hours away from thyroid meds


Check out the other cofactors too.


Thyroglobulin antibodies 289.3 (<115)

Thyroid peroxidase antibodies 91 (<34)

Your high antibodies mean that you are positive for autoimmune thyroid disease aka Hashimoto's which is where antibodies attack the thyroid and gradually destroy it. The antibody attacks cause fluctuations in symptoms and test results.

You can swing from hypo to hyper and back to hypo when these 'Hashi's Flares' take place.

When the antibodies attack, the dying cells dump a load of thyroid hormone into the blood and this can cause TSH to become suppressed and Free T4 and Free T3 to be very high or over range. You may get symptoms of being overmedicated (hyper type symptoms) to go along with these results that look as though you are overmedicated. Unless a GP knows about Hashi's and these hyper swings, then they panic and reduce or stop your thyroid meds.

The hyper swings are temporary, and eventually things go back to normal. Test results settle back down and hypo symptoms may return. Thyroid meds should then be adjusted again, increased until you are stable again.

Your results of

TSH 47.8 (0.2 - 4.2)

Free T4 10.3 (12 - 22)

Free T3 4.0 (3.1 - 6.8)

indicate a very hypo swing at the moment. What dose of Levo are you on? Have you had it reduced recently? Was that because you were apparently overmedicated with suppressed TSH and high free Ts? That would have been a hyper swing as described above. If that did happen, and your Levo was reduced, then you have now swung in the other direction and have become very hypo. You urgently need an increase in your Levo to bring your TSH down and free Ts up.

The aim of a treated hypo patient generally is for TSH to be 1 or below or wherever it is needed for FT4 and FT3 to be in the upper part of their respective reference ranges when on Levo only.

You can help reduce the antibodies by adopting a strict gluten free diet which has helped many members here. Gluten contains gliadin (a protein) which is thought to trigger autoimmune attacks so eliminating gluten can help reduce these attacks. You don't need to be gluten sensitive or have Coeliac disease for a gluten free diet to help.

Supplementing with selenium l-selenomethionine 200mcg daily can also help reduce the antibodies, as can keeping TSH suppressed.

Gluten/thyroid connection: chriskresser.com/the-gluten...






I have 800iu vitamin d is that not enough thank you


As mentioned above, 800iu is barely a maintenance dose for someone with a decent level. There's no way 800iu daily can ever raise your level. My level is over 100, I try to keep it nearer 150, so I test a couple of times a year and adjust if necessary. November and April are the best times.

My maintenance dose (and we are all individuals so need to find our own) is 2000iu daily, 7 days a week. If I reduce to even 5 days a week my level drops to about the 100.

If you don't like the thought of taking 10,000iu daily, then take 5000iu daily, but it will take a bit longer to raise your level.


Thanks dose has not been reduced and I haven't had hyper results for about a year and all results are from doctor he has told me what he is going to do


You haven't said how much levo you're taking but it's very far from being any where near enough for your TSH to be 47.8

As explained above, most people feel best when TSH is 1 or below or wherever it needs to be for FT4 and FT3 to be in the upper part of their respective reference ranges.

You need an immediate increase now, 25mcg is the usual amount, then retesting and 25mcg increases every 6 weeks until you feel well and your results are nearer the norm for a hypo patient.


I take 50mcg levo


That's a starter dose. As I said, you need an increase, in fact you need a few.

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