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Basic help please

I have had my thyroid tested at GP which came back in normal range. I am having symptoms like constant cold feet, dizziness on standing, low blood pressure, blood sugar issues as I get very weak if don’t eat every few hours. . I have a good diet, whole foods, no refined sugar caffeine alcohol etc. I have recently been diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome and have symptoms such as exhaustion, headaches, brain fog, muscle aches, chronic insomnia, fluctuations in heart rate and nausea and I know these conditions can be interrelated. I feel sure my thyroid and adrenals are imbalanced. Can anyone tell me what tests or help I can ask for via the GP please? Is there any further thyroid testing? I’m a single mum and struggling to look after my little boy right now. Desperate for help.

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Welcome to the forum, Lkaye.

Can you post the results and ranges of the blood tests your GP did?

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Thank you I don’t actually have them. I was just told that my thyroid result was normal. As was vitamin D and B12. This was about 5 months ago and I am declining daily. Should I ask for them to be printed off?

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Lkaye,

Yes, ask the GP receptionist for them and post them in a new question.

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Thank you will do. Am having to lie down with the dizziness today.

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UK GP practices are supposed to offer online access for blood test results. Ring and ask if this is available and apply to do so if possible, if it is you may need enhanced access to see blood results.

In reality many GP surgeries do not have blood test results online yet

Alternatively ring receptionist and request printed copies of results. Allow couple of days and then go and pick up. They can make nominal charge for printing but many will do so for free (£10 max)

For full Thyroid evaluation you need TSH, FT4, TT4, FT3 plus TPO and TG thyroid antibodies. Plus vitamin D, folate, ferritin and B12.

Essential to test thyroid antibodies, FT3 and FT4 plus vitamins

Private tests are available. NHS often refuses to test FT3 or antibodies

thyroiduk.org.uk/tuk/testin...

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 ideally be done as early as possible in morning and fasting and don't take Levo in the 24 hours prior to test, delay and take straight after. This gives highest TSH, lowest FT4 and most consistent results. (Patient to patient tip, GP will be unaware)

If antibodies are high this is Hashimoto's, (also known by medics here in UK more commonly as autoimmune thyroid disease).

About 90% of all hypothyroidism in Uk is due to Hashimoto's, essential to know as with Hashimoto's gluten intolerance is extremely common

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Thank you very much for your reply. So the GP test should be broken down into the readings above?

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