Hello again. I went to see my GP last week as I am really suffering with painful arthritis in my fingers & toes, as well as ulcerative colitis, however, thanks to the knowledgeable people on here, I also know there is a problem with my thyroid too, which my GP seems to be in denial about. I asked for some more blood tests, but she said it was not necessary to be tested for Ferritin or Folate, so I don't have results for those I'm afraid.
Here are the newest results from September 16th but still awaiting ANA results.
TSH 3.62 (0.3 - 5.5)
T4 12.5 (12 - 22)
T3 4.4 (3.1 - 6.8)
TPO 159 (< 34.0)
RF < 10 (<14.0)
ESR 24.0 (<35.0)
Serum 3 reactive protein level 8 (< 5.0)
Vit D 89 (50 - 144.00
My previous result four weeks ago for Vit D was just 28.0, so this latest result is after a 15 day course of Fultium 20,000iu, now on maintenance dose of just 800iu. I told the doctor this was not a high enough dose, but she said it was all she could give me, so I will be supplementing if someone could please advise me about what dose I should be taking.
GP says there is obviously inflammation going on in my body somewhere, probably due to tummy & joint problems. I am already under Consultant care with the ulcerative colitis & digestive problems & my GP has now referred me to a rheumatologist with my painful swollen fingers & toes. Incidentally & have had painful arthritis & muscles for many years. I am now taking 1000 sublingual Vit B12, & also Vit K2 alongside the Vit D prescribed by the doctor, (even though she told me this wasn't necessary). When I asked my GP to put me on a trial of Levothyroxine, she said she wasn't allowed to as my blood tests results were all 'within range', however, she did say that she 'couldn't understand' some of my blood test results, (& this is an experienced GP !) When I asked if I could be referred to an Endocrinologist as I feel so poorly, she said that was not possible either, but after accompanying my daughter to see her Endo recently, I can see why people on here complain about them. The only reason I asked for a referral, was because I had hoped to be referred to a different one, who may have been more sympathetic. We are both now considering paying privately & travelling to see someone who may be able to help us feel well again. I also really appreciate the wonderful responses & information I get from here too. It's like having our own private consultants 24/7, all of whom actually listen to us & give us sensible advice, so a huge thank you to you all.