Hi, I'm new to the forum and hoping I can get some advice on my blood tests and the best way forward.
A bit of background first. My Dad was hypothyroid from about the age of 50, although never tested for Hashimotos. My younger sister has recently been diagnosed with Hypothyroid & Hashimotos, after virtually self diagnosing and telling her doctor what to look for! Her TSH was 28 at this point. She is now on Levo and told me to get checked out too. I have been going through the perimenopause since the age of 40, 7 years ago and although I have had my thyroid checked, it came back normal - I now understand the importance of checking that statement. I have suffered from many of the symptoms associated with hypothyroidism and put them down to menopausal symptoms, but can see now that they could have easily been a cross over from a struggling thyroid?
In September 17 my results were:
TSH 6.72 (0.35-5.00)
T4 12.2 (9.00-22.00)
TPO antibodies >1000 (0.0-5.6)
Ferritin 30ug/l (10-200)
B12 286ng/l (200-910)
HbA1c 42 (20-41)
Cholesterol 5.3 (2.00-5.00)
March 18 results:
TSH 7.96 (.035-5.00)
T4 11.8 (9.99-22.00)
Vit D 25 OH 72 (50-200)
Just seen my doctor today and as expected she wants to wait & see, retesting set for September 18. She will not test my T3, or re test my b12, ferritin, antibodies etc as they have been done recently & is intent on just looking at the guidelines, which say wait. She is interested in my potential for type2 diabetes, which she says is not related to my Thyroid or Hashimotos - I disagree?
I was lucky to get a referral to an endocrinologist in November 17 (different doctor), however he was mainly interested in my menopause symptoms and why I wasn't on HRT. Pretty much dismissed the Hashimotos and told to take selenium, which would help with my antibodies. He offered no other advice.
I currently am gluten free which I believe is helping with tiredness, brain fog, weight & general well being. I also supplement selenium, magnesium & D3 for the anxiety, low mood, joint pain (have also had frozen shoulder, plantar fasciltis in these last couple of years).
Reading posts on here, I think my ferritin and B12 are too low, which may be contributing to dry hair, skin, nails would appreciate advice on this? I'm also considering getting my blood done again, privately, so that I can see where I am now & try and work on supporting my thyroid, while I wait hit the GPs guidelines for treatment.
Right now I feel physically 'off', rather than I'll, but feel I have been given an opportunity to try and catch things early before I become ill and am frustrated with the lack of help, so any advice would be really welcome. 😊