Further to my original post a month ago, thank you all for your replies. I have now had the results of a private blood test done by Blue Horizon as shown below, with comments by their Doctor.
Vitamin B12 * 832 pg/ml 197 - 771
Note amended reference range due to change to
Gen II assay.
Folate (serum) >20.0 ug/L > 2.9
Note new reference range effective 03/04/2017.
If no change in dietary habits, a normal serum
folate makes folate deficiency unlikely.
FERRITIN 26 ug/L 13 - 150
Optimum Ferritin level for females : >27 ug/L
C Reactive protein 3.3 mg/L <5.0
TOTAL THYROXINE(T4) 99 nmol/L 59 - 154
THYROID STIMULATING HORMONE * 4.85 mIU/L 0.27 - 4.2
FREE THYROXINE 15.2 pmol/l 12.0 - 22.0
FREE T3 3.5 pmol/L 3.1 - 6.8
25 OH Vitamin D 62 nmol/L 50 - 200
Interpretation of results:
Deficient <25 nmol/L
Insufficient 25 - 49 nmol/L
Normal Range 50 - 200 nmol/L
Consider reducing dose >200 nmol/L
THYROID ANTIBODIES .
Thyroglobulin Antibody * >4000.0 IU/mL 0-115
Method used for Anti-Tg: Roche Modular
Thyroid Peroxidase Antibodies 19.5 IU/mL 0 - 34
Method used for Anti-TPO: Roche Modular
The Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH) is elevated. If you are already taking a form of thyroxine, it is possible that that your dose is too low or that you have forgotten to take it on occasion. It may be that an increase in dose is in order - if adjusted it would be sensible to repeat thyroid function (TFT) testing in around 2 months’ time. If you are not taking thyroxine, and this is the first time TSH has been noted to be high, it is possible that 'non-thyroidal illness' or other medication effects are the cause of the elevation. It may be that hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid gland) is about to develop. In these scenarios, it would be advisable to repeat thyroid function tests in 3 months’ time. I would suggest undertaking this repeat test sooner if symptoms develop. The positive thyroid antibody result, however, increases the possibility of your having or ultimately developing autoimmune thyroid disease, such as Hashimoto's thyroiditis or Grave's disease.
The Vitamin B12 level is elevated. This is not likely to represent significant overdose, as B12 is well tolerated by the great majority of people even in very high concentrations (as indeed are most water soluble vitamins). Excess levels are usually a result of supplementation or from following a diet rich in the vitamin. A few exceptions to this rule include those who suffer from a rare hereditary eye complaint known as Leber’s disease. Too much vitamin B12 in these individuals can lead to damage of the optic nerve, which might lead to blindness. Anyone who is allergic to cobalt should also avoid taking vitamin B12 - as the vitamin contains a significant amount of this element. Rarely, high dose supplements or injections of Vitamin B12 cause diarrhoea, itching, blood clotting and allergic reactions. Liver disease and myeloproliferative disease (disorder of the bone marrow) can lead to elevated levels of B12. Some practitioners advocate high doses of Vitamin B12 to help sufferers from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) and to combat the development of Alzheimer's disease, amongst other conditions.
I am currently taking:-
Levothyroxine 100m a day taken at night
Folic Acid 5mg x 1 a day (should be 2 but I forget to take the other one regularly)
Adcal-D3 x 1 a day
Vit B12 1000 ug x 1 a day
Turmeric 10,000 mg as 500 mg of extract x 1 a day
Cod Liver Oil 1000 my x 1 a day
Fluoxetine 20mg X 1 a day
Omeprazole 20 mg x 1 a day
Regarding the latter 2, I was on Fluoxetine for years until I weaned myself off early this year. When I went to the Dr because I was not feeling well recently she said it was because I was not taking any and put me back on one tablet a day. They have certainly calmed me down, but whether that was because I needed them or because of my Thyroid I don't know.
As for the Omeprazole well I have had cronic heartburn for the last couple of weeks and they seem to do nothing for it. Maybe I should increase the dose?
I was also taking Natures Best Multi-Max until I ran out a few days ago. I can post the make up of these if needed, they did include 50ug B12
Main symptoms at the moment are swelling and pain in hands, feet and ankles, muscle tenderness, hearing problems, sleeping problems, inability to lose weight and burning feet. A lot of the other symptoms, but these are the worst.
Sorry this is so long but wanted to give as much information as possible.
How much of it can be put down to being 80?