I have booked a phone consultation with my GP on Monday. I'm going to ask her to do the form for T3 and T4 tests - the ones I should have asked for last month, but only got TSH because I only told the nurse "thyroid". (I'm supposed to get my levels checked yearly since a bout of hyperthyroidism in 2012/13.)
Since finding Thyroid UK i've been reading a lot, as you do. I am going to ask her for my B12 and ferritin levels to be tested too. I don't know this GP but I doubt she'll want to put all the possible checks that I know can be asked for. Which should I focus on?
I did a questionnaire for adrenal fatigue yesterday, came out very high, well into the severe range. Yet the more I read on thyroid, the more boxes I tick; this forum covers so many topics that feel like "me"! (Oestrogen; glandular fever in my teens; sensitivity to light; struggle much more in winter...) Beginning to suffer with information overload and not sure whether adrenal fatigue could be the cause of my thyroid trouble, or an effect, or something that mimics it meaning it wasn't my thyroid at all... though carbimazole did do the trick four years ago, but now I'm not sure what to think.
I had decided to put off getting this blood test - I was going to wait till the new year, meaning probably February, unless symptoms got a lot worse. But something is telling me to hurry this up even though I'm not feeling much different. Just a nagging sense that I shouldn't put it off that many weeks.
My blood pressure started going up this year, having been borderline high but stable on low-dose meds for many years. The GP told me it "just happens" when enough time passes. The next step would be beta blockers but I think I had those in 2006 or 2007. and I think they didn't suit me but I don't know in what way (I was post-stroke and don't remember much from those years). I would far rather determine what's making it go up now, I don't believe it's just going to start suddenly when I've got through periods of much higher stress in the past with no effect on b/p, and lost more than a stone in 2016/17. I started taking hibiscus last month which apparently works well, and fast, to lower b/p, but it hasn't made much difference to mine. I now suspect this is all about the thyroid too (if thyroid it is).