Thyroid UK

What to expect from endocrinologist?

Hi all, I'm wondering if people can tell me what happens with your first endocrinologist appointment?

I had a basic thyroid test that came back "normal" (TSH=0.7, FT4=12) but I subsequently had a private test carried out, which showed high TPO (64, normal is 0-34). Everything else was normal on the private test (TSH was still on a lower end at 0.9, but it was a different time of day & a fasted sample).

I'm curious what the endocrinologist will do to work out what's going on?

I showed my test results to my GP, but they don't have a copy - is it ok just to take a copy to the appt, or should I hand a copy to my GP upfront?

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Just give the Endo a copy. I hope it goes well as many only take notice of the TSH and T4. I don't think they've heard of free T4 and free T3.

On the forum one doctor , ex President of the BTA, suggests that if we have antibodies but TSH not high enough to be diagnosed as hypo should be given T4.

email louise.roberts@ for a copy of the Pulse Online article by Dr Toft and it is question 6. (Dr Toft was President of the BTA)

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Thanks! Not too sure what to expect with treatment, if anything my TSH was on the low end, so I'm not clear how they'd want to treat it.

I'll look into the article mentioned, thanks!


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