Hi everyone just wondering I was diagnosed with interactive thyroid 17 yrs ago when 40, I had been under Endocrine consultant from 18 have a pituitary gland tumour at 40 he signed me of telling me to get thyroid check as I had hair on my chin, I have not seen anyone other gp for thyroid not been checked for sometime on 125mg . I am having 3monthly B12 but could do with more often gp said not going to give more help till I lose weight which is yoyo .
Endocrinologist : Hi everyone just wondering I... - Thyroid UK
Do you have Pernicious Anaemia and that is why you are having 3-monthly injections of B12 ? Do you have any neurological symptoms ? - if so then you should have the injections more often. How long have you been having the B12 injections ?
With the B12 injections it is also suggested you take a good B complex to keep all the B's in balance and so the B9 or Folate can work with the B12 in the body in an important way.
If you have PA then it is possible you have Hashimotos - as both are auto-immune conditions. So these are the tests you need - TSH - FT4 - FT3 and Thyroid anti-bodies TPO & Tg. Also test Folate - Ferritin and VitD. Your GP will not do all these tests so I am wondering if you can have them done privately through Thyroid UK with a Home Testing Kit. It is the only way to have the full story and find wellness.
For full Thyroid evaluation you need TSH, FT4, TT4, FT3 plus TPO and TG thyroid antibodies and also very important to test vitamin D, folate, ferritin and B12
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. When on Levothyroxine, don't take 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. Low vitamins are especially common with Hashimoto's. Food intolerances are very common too, especially gluten. So it's important to get TPO and TG thyroid antibodies tested at least once .
Link about thyroid blood tests