I have been having some symptoms which I feel could be related to my thyroid and have been really interested to read information and advice on here - was hoping for a little advice if possible? I really would like to ask if what I have done so far and plan to do seems "sensible" / logical! I have been conscious after visiting the GP's 4 times recently to try not to google my symptoms to death and can see from many of the posts that getting to grips with a possible thyroid problem is hard!! So would be really grateful if you may point me in the right direction - thanks so much.
Symptoms- on and off for a long while (years) been very sensitive to the cold, various aches and easily tired, constipation, dull thinking/clumsy, pins and needles on occasion in fingers or feet, quite regular feeling in right side of throat / ear that it is achey/sore but goes on and off. Pressure headaches worst around temples/ears/eye sockets, odd little bruises mainly on toes/fingers (spontaneous but infrequent), tinnitus and dizzy feelings, slow pulse (usual is high 40's)
Recent symptoms- since end of August: back aches are much worse to the extent I have been off work, with general awful fatigue (feeling I have to go to bed in the day after something simple, like a shower/washing pots) and various aches, tender points and stiffness in my body - neck, jaw, foot, around middle of arms, shoulders.
Medical stuff in the past - had double mastectomy and reconstruction from mid-back muscles 2008, (so my back has always been uncomfortable) but the aches and pains there are much worse lately. Hysterectomy and ovaries removed 2010 - this was all preventative, because I have a genetic issue with very high risk of breast and ovarian cancer.
Present - have seen GPs 4 times since the end of August with these symptoms, saying I am concerned there may be an underlying reason for these symptoms. I have been having physio for my back and GP requested some blood tests, back x-rays (fine). Looked into my own symptoms and feel these may be related to thyroid - have now found out my nan, both mums sisters and one of their daughters all take Thyroxine. Told GP and they had not checked my thyroid - asked if they could check antibodies and went to get results today. Have put all results I have had so far below - as I have read on here, they have not asked for T3 (I assume due to the TSH and T4 being "OK" to them)
These are all the ones I have had:
TSH 2.8miu/L (0.2 - 4.0)
free T4 13.4pmol/L (10.0 - 20.0)
Thyroid peroxidase antibody concentration <28iu/mL (<100.0)
Calcium 2.41mmol/L (2.2 - 2.6)
Phosphate 1.03mmol/L (0.8 - 1.5)
CRP 6.4mg/L (<10)
Vitamin D 37nmol/L (75.0 - 250.0) - GP started 40,000 Vit D3 once a week for 7 weeks
Urea and electrolytes all OK, liver function tests all OK, full blood count all OK but did not check Ferritin or folate. Did not check vitamin B12.
Am I in the right ball-park to think it is worth my doing a private blood check (thinking Medichecks Ultravit) to get T3, other antibodies, B12, Ferritin, Folate) rather than leaving it at that? I appreciate I only have part of a picture. Since reading on here, I have started K2 and magnesium with the Vitamin D the GP gave me, taken 2 lots of the weekly Vitamin D and do feel less fatigued, but all the aches are still there - could just be early days I suppose and may just be that, but with the family history and symptoms / link with thyroid and low vitamin D, I think I just want to know I am not pursuing something in my head!! I am thinking get a Medichecks test, then can look at things again, consider other supplements and yet another GP visit?
Thanks so much for any advice, sorry for the long post!