Hi, this is my first post, hope I’ve done it correctly. Briefly, I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s February 2018 with TSH of 18.13 (0.40 - 4.50), T4 was low in range at 7.7 (7.00 - 17.0), T3 was not tested, antibodies were >1000. I was started on 50mcg Levo for 5 months with little effect, this was increased to 75mcg in July at my request and I feel slightly better. I paid for a Medichecks blood test in June results were as follows, ranges in brackets:-
TSH 3.94 (0.27 - 4.20)
Free thyroxine 12.6 (12.00 - 22.00)
Free T3 4.08 (3.10 - 6.80)
Thyroglobulin antibody 95.7 (0 - 115.0)
Thyroid peroxidase antibodies >600 (0 - 34.0)
Active B12 61.30 (25.10 - 165.00)
Folate (serum) 3.37 (2.91 - 50.00)
25 OH Vitamin D 33.5 (50.00 - 200.00)
CRP - High Sensitivity 8.15 (0.0 - 5.00)
Ferritin 33.7 (13.0 - 150.00)
I could see none of the levels were great and after reading postings on this forum I started to supplement Vit D with better you spray Dlux D+K2 oral spray 3000iu and magnesium malate. I had a blood test at the GP surgery in September following increase in Levo to 75mcg and asked for my Vit D to be checked too. The GP contacted me to say my Vit D was in the insufficient range and prescribed Hux D3 20,000iu (500mcg) daily for two weeks then fortnightly. I began to feel a bit more alert when taking it daily but now it is fortnightly I feel more tired again.
Question - if I am taking the Vit D fortnightly do I still use Vit K and magnesium daily? (I know it sounds like a daft question but if I don’t need to take them then I don’t want to).
I am now looking to address another of my results but I am unsure which to tackle next B12 Folate, ferritin? and would appreciate some advice on next steps.
I am not gluten free, I am a faddy eater so would struggle to remove it from my diet at this time however, I will give it a go in the new year when hopefully my head will be a bit clearer and I have the energy and motivation to plan meals.
I will be doing another Medichecks blood test in a couple of weeks but wanted to ask about the timing of my medication. I now take my medication when I wake during the night, this is usually between 04.00 and 06.30, it means I can go about my normal routine when I wake up. When I had my last GP blood test I had just started doing this and omitted taking my Levo as usual. This meant I had left longer than 24 hours between last meds and blood test. Would this skew my results? I know my TSH was below 1 for the first time following that blood test (range as above). What do others who take their meds at night do before a blood test?
Apologies if this is a bit rambling, I’m recovering from a heavy cold and cough so I’ve a bit of a woolly head.
The information and advice on this forum has been a great source of support following this diagnosis and I hope in the future I will be able to provide support to others myself.
Thanks, JCMK xx