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Vitamins and where to get tests done


I am on liothyrinine 50mcg. Used to be on thyroxine for years but felt much worse. I would like to have a test done for all thyroid and antibodies and vitamins. I always feel tired . Any recommendations. . Put on weight easily. Can hardly do anything. I try and eat healthy diet but never feel well. My GP will not test for these things only T4 TSH & T3. Says they are all normal. He did test for antibodies but only one not 2. Also would like to know is there liquid good quality vitamin and mineral supplement as cannot swallow large tablets easily and they don't seem to help anyway. I have wasted so much money on varies supplement and never feel better. Maybe body doesn't absorb them.

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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. Thousands on here forced to do this as NHS often refuses to test FT3 or antibodies

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.

If on Levothyroxine, don't take in the 24 hours prior to test, and if on T3 don't take in 12 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. Low vitamins are especially common with Hashimoto's. Food intolerances too, especially gluten. So it's important to get tested.

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