Excuse me if this turns into an essay but I am desperate for some help.
My daughter (18 a month ago) has been struggling more and more over the last year and I finally managed to convince her to go to the doctors after having to take a week off sick after October half term. (At first the doctor said "we're all tired and it that's 21st century life" (I didn't punch him, wish I had) but I got him to do blood tests - which was all I expected.
We weren't called about the results, just a routine letter and when we booked to go the doctor was on holiday for 2 weeks. I tried (in vain) to get a copy of the results or find out from the surgery whether it was urgent that she see another doctor or should she wait until the original doctor returned from holiday. No-one could tell me and what with GDPR they would not let me have anything despite her signing all the forms that they had.
So.…. last Monday (original blood test 6th November) she went to the doctors (on her own for the first time as we were pretty convinced he as going to say that there was nothing on the blood tests) she must have had the quickest appointment in the world but came out happily saying she had low thyroid and she was going to be on medication for life!!! (That's not routine in my book!!).
Since the appointment there has been no improvement and after a bit of googling is seems that it can take months to get her "levels" right. It seems at the moment that she is actually getting more and more exhausted; if she has a full day at school she almost needs a day off afterwards, I can hardly get her out of bed in the morning and a 9am lesson is appearing out of the question. At my wits end I thought that instead of turning to the internet I would phone the doctor for advice (what a waste of time that was!) Apart from insisting in speaking only in "general terms" because she's 18 he basically refused to see her until the 6 weeks are up and she has been tested again. He has started her on 75mg of Levothyroxine a day.
Today, armed with a signed request from her, I got a print out of her blood test results (as everyone here seems to know their levels of everything!) and am asking you for advice:
Ferritin - 26ug/l (range - 13-150) seems on the low side
Folate - 8ug/l (range 3.8 - 9999) also on the low side
Vitamin B12 - 287 ng/L (range 197-771) maybe lowish?
Vitamin D3 - 97 nmol/L
Vitamin D2 - <5 nmol/L (states that <30 means deficiency - this is stupidly deficient and the dr did not bring it up with my daughter AT ALL!!) Says it should be >50!!!
Serum free T4 - 10.7 pmol/L (range 10.5-24.5)
TSH Level - 18.49 (range 0.27-4.2)
SOOOOOO.... what do I need to go back to the doctor to ask for - apart from why the F*** he didn't raise the issue of the low Vitamin D? I will make an appointment to go with her to the doctors tomorrow but would really like to go armed with the right questions. I am also deciding whether to make an official complaint as his attitude stinks!
I have some over 50 vitamin D3 (2000iu) at home - but it is the D2 that is vastly deficient.
I am really out of my depth with this one - if you could offer any advice I would be most grateful.
Thank you so so much.