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My Mums Thyroid private blood test results (non diagnosed)

My Mums Thyroid private blood test results (non diagnosed)

Hi My mum has recently had her thyroid tested privately and these are the results. She had a huge stroke last year which has left her unable to talk properly so as I've had my suspicions that her thyroid might be failing we carried out a private blood test to see for ourselves as, we thought if we got to her gp, he might not test her. We will be showing her gp these results soon.

She has a lot of auto immune disorders but doesn't have a diagnosis of hypothyroidism.

I've had huge battles for doctors to support me and my thyroid health so I was wondering what your thoughts are regarding my mums results? Do you think a doctor will take a notice as they seem borderline however, I know from experience that when I was borderline, I felt dreadful.

Thank you

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I'm in no position to comment on your mother's results but was wondering if it might assist other people if you can say whether or not your mother is taking any medication or supplements? Just in case it's something that might affect her thyroid results?

Do you have the results of any vitamin or mineral tests that you might be able to share to round out her picture, so to speak? If so, could you edit them into the post, please?

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Cee123,

Your mother's results indicate mildly subclinical hypothyroidism ie TSH over range but FT4 and FT3 within range. Thyroid antibodies are negative for autoimmune thyroiditis (Hashimoto's).

Is your mother able to communicate whether she has hypothyroid symptoms? A recent study appears to say there is little benefit in prescribing Levothyroxine to elderly patients with subclinical hypothyroidism.

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However, that study didn't say whether the patients were optimally medicated and had good FT3 results and also had good supporting vitmains and minerals (or like most of us had TSH somewhere in range, rock bottom B2, folate and ferritin, and that's that). Low FT3 is shown by several studies to be a an indicator of poor clincial outcome after stroke or heart attack.

The study is just an escuse for NHS to save money by ignoring the over 65s (even though they can't retire!)

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AOTN,

The studies never do, do they? It's never clear whether the patient is symptomatic or whether high TSH was an incidental find either which is why I asked whether Cee123's mum is symptomatic.

TSH rises with age. If the patient is symptomatic with TSH between 5 - 10 they may benefit from Levothyroxine. If they are not symptomatic they probably don't need to take Levothyroxine.

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Clutter,have you read FT3 right?

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Treepie,

Yes, 3.7 (3.10 - 6.8).

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Your response said that it was within range .

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Treepie,

3.7 is within 3.1 - 6.8 so it is within range.

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Sorry Clutter,the fourth glass of red addled the brain which read .1 as 10 . Three point ten ! Must cut down.

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Treepie,

Don't cut down, just do the maths before the third glass :-D

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