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Respiratory infection and tsh levels

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whispers

Hi everyone, I'm just recovering from a rather nasty respiratory infection had a course of antibiotics. Had my bloods done (gp) on Friday and got the results in on Saturday my tsh has gone up to 8.1 ( range 0.2 - 4.0) they didn't test anything else ( though they were supposed to test cholesterol) I have hashimotos. On 100/125 Levo alternate days. This was increased last august on my request as tsh was 2.6 and I felt rather ill.

Doctor wants me to see him but before I do I thought I had read somewhere that infection can cause tsh to rise. If this can happen I am hoping to just ask for a retest say in 6 weeks before changing my medication again. Can anyone confirm that infection can cause a raise? I could also be in a hashi swing too I guess, but would my tsh drop again once that settled?

Thank you in advance for any help

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I believe anti-biotics can affect the uptake of Levo :-)

How are your VitD levels ? Reading your post of 4 years ago I see you had low levels of B12 - Folate and Ferritin too - how are they doing ?

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whispers in reply to Marz

Hi Mark thank you for your reply, I don't have a clue where they are as gp refuses to test them. My diet is better now so I am hoping that this has helped, I eat liver st least once a week but am worried to take lots of supplements incase I don't actually need them.

I am saving up to get bloods done privately but am single, work part time and have a ten year old and when I keep having to have time off work ( just had 3 weeks off due to this infection) money becomes very tight :-(

I am seriously thinking of changing doctors 😡

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Marz in reply to whispers

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Your post of 4 years ago is above. Did you go back after your course of iron to be checked ? Did you treat your B12 - result needs to be near the top of the range - not bumping along the bottom. A B12 result below 500 can result in neurological conditions as I know to my cost. It is possible that your VitD is also low - as you have Hashimotos - and there is a connection. there have been posts about it recently - here on the Forum.

Hashimotos is often the cause of poor absorption so eating well often does not help - sadly. You need the supplements - so it is not the case of taking something you do not need. If you follow this forum you will read several posts a day about the testing/results/treatment for vitamin and mineral deficiencies.

Changing Docs sounds a good idea. Do some research on nutrients needed when you have Hashimotos. Are you gluten free ? - even when the inadequate testing says negative many Hashimotos people have gluten sensitivity without being full blown coeliacs.

Please do not worry about cholesterol - you need good levels to be well and live long :-)

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whispers in reply to Marz

I really need to get a grip on all this don't i? thank you, I do take b12 methyl sublingual, will start with the other suggestions thank you again, p.s. sorry, just seen auto correct changed your name to mark from marz :-)

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Marz in reply to whispers

How much B12 ? - which brand ? It is also suggested you take a good B Complex containing Folate or Folic Acid. B12 works in the body with Folic Acid so good levels of both are needed. 😊

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whispers in reply to Marz

Hi Marz, it's natures own 500ug ( it's not a u but I don't have the symbol lol ) yeast free, any suggestions on the b complex please?

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Marz in reply to whispers

I take Thorne Research B complex - they have more than one ! From Amazon :-) I self inject B12 weekly - I also take Jarrow Methylcobalamin B12 lozenges 1000 mcg and 5000 mcg - again from Amazon :-)

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whispers in reply to Marz

Yes I went back and he gave me a second course if iron but has since "refused" to re test, he just told me to improve my diet. He said b12 was fine, i will look into buying vit d and K2mk7, I have some magnesium in so will check the type and hopefully be able to use them thank you

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Marz in reply to whispers

Sorry but it is imperative that GP's monitor Iron - as too much can be a problem. Check out Guidelines with NICE - I live in Crete so am not up to speed - except with monitoring my own health :-)

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whispers in reply to Marz

Thank you, spent an hour last night looking but couldn't find anything. Lol will continue today, not that he will listen, I can but try I, then move on if I get nowhere

Thank you, you have been very kind

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Marz in reply to whispers

Have you tried the Search Box on this page ? Also read other replies and posts - especially humanbean who has excellent knowledge of iron.

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Marz in reply to Marz

nortonsafe.search.ask.com/w...

My google search threw up loads - so click on. Some NHS ones I could not open as they are for the UK only and I am in Crete !

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whispers in reply to Marz

Thank you, I have started reading through the same ines this morning

Having an infection will affect your conversion of T4 to T3, so the TSH will rise. Not sure it would rise that much, though.

A Hashi's flare/swing would cause your TSH to drop, not rise, because of the extra thyroid hormone dumped into the blood. So, it's probably a combination of the infection and needing an increase in dose.

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whispers in reply to greygoose

thank you greygoose

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greygoose in reply to whispers

You're welcome. :)

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whispers in reply to greygoose

Another thought, this is the 2nd brand change in 6 months, would that have anything to do with tsh rising too?

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