Just wanted to share my latest Thyroid experience at the doctors. In a nutshell I wanted the doctor to increase my Thyroxine as I was/am still have symptoms of under active thyroid, in particular tiredness. I felt as though I was nearly there but not quite. I thought I'd have a "battle" so went armed with Dr Toft article. I'd read and re read the article as I suspected the Dr Doctor would state that based on my recent tests my Serum Free T4 levels were at the high end of the range at 20 (12-22) and therefore did not want to raise my Thyroxine any further as my TSH was/is at 1.4 (0.27-4.2). Long story short, this is what she did state and wanted to test me for Celiac disease and also run through some other vitamin tests.
I produced the article, highlighted relevant paragraphs and argued my case. She said to leave a copy at the reception and that she would consider the situation again once my latest results came back. Yeah right I thought!!
I then found out she was going to be away for 6 weeks and once my test results came back she had gone.
Anyway, I came back from work yesterday to find she had written me a letter to my home address and said she had considered Dr Toft article and latest BMA guideline on treatments of thyroid and agreed to up my doesage of Thyroxine slightly from 100 every day Monday to Friday and Saturday and Sunday 125 - to 100 and 125 on alternative days! She directly quoted the article in her rationale for this and asked me to be re tested in 4 months time. I'm so glad I went with my article, I would never have got an increase without it and to be fair, whilst quite negative in her initial response to me, appeared to listen and has taken on board specialist advice. I have now found out she leaves the doctors practice in December!!!!! So I will be on with my 4th Doctor then!!
I was negative for Celiac.
My T3 was 3.9 (3.1-6.8) .... is this a bit too low?
Erythrocyte sedimentation rate 2 (1-15)
Lots of different blood test results for platelets etc which appear to be in range
Tissue transglutaminase IgA 1 (0-10)
Various results for Urea and electrolytes, adjusted calcium, liver function, and Serum C reactive protein - all in ranges
Haemoglobin A1c level 31 (20-41)
Hope this gives some hope to people to keep going and research research research. Without this site I wouldn't have half a clue. Thanks to everyone for their help and keep going!! X