Hello, I just got the results from the blood tests I did in Italy while visiting my family, 10 days after the ones I posted about recently were done.
I did these tests because I like to know what my T3 is, but also I have an appointment booked in December with a private endo also in Italy who is trained in functional medicine and he requested some tests I wasn't given by the NHS.
My FBC confirms the results from the UK, with low in range Haemoglobin (in this case, 129 g/L (range 12.00 - 16.50) and low in range Haematocrit
Italy TSH 2.39 (0.28 - 4.6) UK 1.8 (0.2 - 5.0)
FT3 2.35 (1.4 - 4.2)
FT4 11 (8 - 22) UK 17.7 (9.0 - 24)
Serum Ferritin Italy 34 ng/ml (10 - 284) UK 40 ng/L (13.0-150.0) (NB different range and method)
Vit D3 Italy 27.5 ng/ml which is stated to be in the adequate band (20.1 - 100 adequate, > 100 toxic ) UK 78 mol/L where adequate is > 50
The difference in Vitamin D I think is due to different range and method, but with the ferritin value I seem to have a much lower result also given the different range.
The other tests I was asked to do were:
Zinc 66.4 (68 - 107) deficiency
Magnesium 2.18 (1.6 - 2.5)
And also B12 and Folate which came out respectively mid range and lowish in range but I was already supplementing these so maybe they don't count.
I was really surprised by the improvement in my thyroid values showed in the test done in the UK, and given how I am feeling so crap, the test done in Italy, which shows I am still undermedicated, makes more sense, and is also in keeping with my last results in June, only very slightly worse. But I don't believe the GP would give me any more Levothyroxine given the UK results. I have a box of T3 from a Greek friend, and given I will see a specialist in Italy who does prescribe T3 and even NDT, I am thinking of having a go at self medicating for a couple of months, starting from 1 daily dose of 6 mg liothyronine.
What would you experienced people who use T3 do? I can't afford to do another private blood test now but I will definitely do one when I am in Italy again end of December.
The other question is do I have iron deficiency anaemia, given the low in range ferritin and not very high haemoglobin and haematocrit. Last winter, when my iron levels were 26 ng/ml (10 - 284) a locum GP prescribed Ferrous Sulphate 200 mg, I took them I think for 3 months and it seemed to help. Shall I try to talk to the GP and get them on board with this?
Also, what do people do about zinc deficiency? is it worth mentioning to the doctor or shall I wait to see the functional endo in Italy? 2 months seem such a long time to feel better especially as I'm struggling so much with brain fog and I need to write my thesis like, yesterday!
Just to make this post even longer, on Monday I am going for a routine check up at the Rheumatoid Arthritis clinic. I had loads of tests done last Spring and nothing came out of it. Now GP ordered Plasma C reactive protein and it came out normal. Shall I talk to them about all this?
Thanks so much for any replies and help, it's all very much appreciated and incredibly helpful.