Hi Peanut31. Thank you so much for replying. Your reply made me feel so badly. Listen, you "listening"?? Everything is going to be ok. I know I'm a complete stranger, but please believe this. It's a process. This is in my opinion, the best BEST thyroid forum! The people here are kind, diplomatic, well learned and truly helpful and credible. The administrators are simply spectacular....I used to get emotional just reading their replies! So many, so nice, helpful and suportive. So you're in the right place. Trust.
Regarding your journey, I'm not in the UK, but from what I've read on this forum, it seems most people, new to the forum, are instructed to get their labs done privately (bloods as you say), and post results for further assistance. You may need to post which lab company, or search for the lab company, as I can't recall the name I e heard so many reference. I think it's blue horizon? Does that sound familiar? Create a post asking that info. They will talk you through it better than I can.
You are getting your minerals and vitamins checked, so that's good! Really. I know it feels horrible right now. I know. There are many symptoms and you may feel overwhelmed. Just make a list in a notebook, of questions, things you've read, tips you've read....and day by day, do a little, whatever you can.
The first thing, I'd suggest, will be getting your labs done. It sounds like you're in the U.K., so you may have to get your bloods done privately. You want to certainly get
FT3, FT4, TSH, TPOab, TgAB, vitD, folate, ferritin, and b12. This will give a better picture of what's going on Thyroid wise. Post those results, with the range in parenthesis.
How? Well, say your tsh is 2.3, and the lab you use has a TSH range of .45 - 4.5? Then you'd post that result like this:
TSH 2.3 (.45 - 4.5)
Title your post: Help with bloods please?
And within a short span of time members will off their advice and experience. From there, you can figure, with support and good advice, what meds and supplements to try and get.
It seems like a lot at first because there's much to learn, you're probably shocked about the symptoms and feeling unwell and not yourself, but you will improve. It is a process. I'm still learning too, but I'm better than I was months ago. I promise. Way better.
In the meantime, to calm your system overall, while you search for info and get bloods done, I suggest you take a good Magnesium Supplement. If you have a rushed feeling, palpitations, or an overwhelmed feeling, 400-600mg of Magnesium bisglycinate at night helps (read the directions so you can take the amount best for you, but 400-600 is what I take). It may cause bowel movement , so take at night. This will help calm those nerves and muscles.
Breathe. Don't get overwhelmed and caught up in the Epstein Barr and all the theories of what causes what. I only asked because I was interested, but to be honest, you have to look at your bloods, and treat according to your symptoms and use your bloods as a secondary guide. Once you have a better understanding of using those very symptoms as your guide, you will be better able to help yourself feel better.
It will get better. It won't be like this for always Peanut31. It won't. Breathe deeply, whenever you think to; take your time learning, and please know that you're not alone. Not at all....
I will private message you some time and check on you. Or feel free to message me. But get those labs I mentioned. Post to ask what lab is suggested. Then lost your results once you get them. Then we will go from there...
Please hang in there. It's worth it. Read, but not too much. Write down your questions and search for the answers on this website. Write notes in your notebook. Things will start to make sense, even the scary symptoms will start to make sense when you learn more about t4 and t3 and how the body uses these hormones and in our case, maybe doesn't use them as efficiently as we'd like. So you'll learn which ones you might need a little boost of.
Please, whatever you do, know that you will get better. It's a process. But each day you're moving toward improvement, even though it may not seem like it now.