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New and confused re blood tests!

New and confused re blood tests!

Hello, I am new here and totally confused!

I recently saw a nutritionist who suggested a number of supplements for my osteoporosis and general health. She then suggested that I had a 24 hour urine test for my thyroid and a saliva test for cortisol. The cortisol is apparently high. I was told by another thyroid forum that I should have had a blood test for the thyroid, not urine. No-one could understand why I had collected 24 hours worth of urine, and no-one could understand the results that I posted online. So I then had a blood test via my doctor and needless to say that came back normal, though I understand that the NHS doesn’t do the correct testing for the whole range of levels.

So… I am posting today’s NHS results in the hopes someone will understand and explain please – am I hypo or hyper, should I be on medication? Any help much appreciated. Thank you. (Other test results can be posted here too if desired!)

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A TSH of 2.3 is slightly high, but full evaluation you need TSH, FT4, FT3, TT4, TPO and TG antibodies, plus vitamin D, folate, ferritin and B12 tested

Low vitamin D, folate, ferritin or B12 can affect thyroid

If you can't get full thyroid and vitamin testing from GP (very unlikely to)


Medichecks Thyroid plus ultra vitamin or Blue Horizon Thyroid plus eleven are the most popular choice. DIY finger prick test or option to pay extra for private blood draw. Both companies often have money off offers.

All thyroid tests should be done as early as possible in morning and fasting. This gives highest TSH and most consistent results

What supplements do you take for osteoporosis?

Or any other supplements/medication


Thank you. I have vitamin d and other test results which I can upload... though I cant see where to do so at the moment!

I am taking alendronic acid (ugh!) for osteoporosis and various pricey supplements, D3, K2, magnesium, adrenal support, krill oil, 5htp plus.. and many more. I also arrange to have a postal blood test earlier today with Medichecks and in fact just booked a private appointment with an endocrinologist. Its good that you say I'm normal, though the nutritionist didn't think so, based on the results from Geneva Diagnostics.

I do have TSH results somewhere.. need to find them. I was never told to do fasting beforehand.

I find the mixed messages from various professionals utterly confusing and, like osteoporosis, feel that many of us are left struggling to figure out important medical matters by ourselves - with the help of excellent sites such as this of course! Now, if I can see a place to upload some results, I will do so..


Graph showing typical TSH of healthy non hypo population


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You are euthyroid - ie normal (although most healthy people have a TSH around 1.2, so your thyroid might be beginning to struggle). There is no free T3 so you might be a bad converter. The problem is probably with your cortisol. The NHS only recognises Addisons or Cushings, so if you don't have one of those, there's no treatment. Saliva test shoudl have told you when it was high and when low. High at night is the most common problem

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Thank you! I'll post cortisol results showing when I took the saliva, as soon as I can find another upload photo button...


You will need to put it on new post


Oh for goodness sake! What a bad design!

3 new posts coming up then - thanks :)

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