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Apparently testing in US is different from the UK. Vitamins don't seem to be important. T3 Uptake 36 T4 Total 15.0 Free T4 Index 5.4 TSH 0.01

Dr after this test increased Tapazole from 1/2 to 1 ( 10mg) pill a day and I am finally feeling much better. DR says my stomach problems are unrelated? Diarrhea has been an issue for me the entire time, except for the month she overdosed my meds to send me way hypo. This is my Dr's PA I have not seen the Dr since my first visit. Do you guys have stomach issues like this and can anything help? Can it also just be from my gallbladder removal? She said take probiotics and see my GP?

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If you have had your gallbladder remove then you are at greater risk of developing a B12 deficiency - so your levels should really be monitored.

If you need help with B12 deficiency and getting diagnosis then you can take a look at the PAS forum on HU - though please be aware that treatment protocols in the US can be very different from the UK.

healthunlocked.com/pasoc

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Iowa, thanks, I did not know that. Why don't Drs tell you these things to watch for? Thank you for your help.

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unfortunately, and rather worrying many GPs are totally unaware of the risk and I'm not even sure that most specialists involved in gastric surgery understand it - it should have been in your discharge notes but probably got lost in all the detail.

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Actually the Dr at the hospital said I was out of shape! My daughter asked him about my blood work which he had not looked at. After he looked he said my levels were 'crazy high! I went to a specialist, only one in town, she is known as a genius, but I now only see her PA who acts like she took a bottle of valium! I have begun regulating my own meds according to how I feel but nothing helps my stomach issues. Hoping it is not a different problem.

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Apparently testing in US is different from the UK. Vitamins don't seem to be important. T3 Uptake 36 T4 Total 15.0 Free T4 Index 5.4 TSH 0.01

Well, I'm sure you realise that vitamins and minerals are just as important to Americans as they are to British people! Doctors here in the UK don't like testing nutrients any more than American doctors do - but the people who use this forum know that nutrients are frequently very low in people with thyroid problems so they request testing.

If you want a list of the things you need testing to get an accurate picture of your thyroid and other things that are affected by it, then read this page written by an American :

stopthethyroidmadness.com/r...

I must point out that STTM is a website mainly dealing with hypothyroidism, rather than hyperthyroidism, but I don't think that matters in terms of what is affected by thyroid hormone levels. I'm sure if things can go wrong with low levels, then high levels will have an effect too.

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Thank you, I have read that page and I just need to convince my Dr that these tests matter. She just nods and smiles at me!

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