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Im type one diabetic and recently had signs of thyroid i had blood test it come back fine ive had scan and got told got alot of nodules what does mean ? Recently symptons have got worse hair loss depression hold cold i have to wait for appointment to see consultant . Also feeling sick

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Thyroid nodules are in fact very common, even in those without any thyroid disfunction.

Nodules can be cold/non functioning or hot /toxic/hyper functioning.

Your symptoms do suggest hypo, but you need blood test results to confirm this. Hypo and hyper can be very similar & each will person experience different degree and variety of symptoms. Sometimes a classic hyper symptom will affect someone who has hypo & vice versa.

Do you have any results? For this you would need TSH, FT4 and FT3.

Are you in the U.K.? if you are, GPs do not always do a full thyroid function test! Sometimes a lab will test TSH and if this is “in range” do not do further testing, so you may appear “fine” but your actual thyroid levels may be very low or high. So you must establish what’s been tested and what the results are.

Evaluation your thyroid levels will tell if you have normal, overactive or under-active (hyper or hypo) thyroid levels which require treatment. Even if told in range or normal, view results yourself. If you don’t have online access to your results obtain a print out with ranges. Share you results on here and responders can advised further.

GPs often leave antibodies testing to specialists, if there are abnormal results. (TPO antibodies and TG antibodies). Also important to test vitamin D, folate, ferritin and B12.

Having thyroid issues will also affect your diabetes. For example I had hyperthyroidism but was medicated to lower the levels this revealed type 2 diabetes. My own understanding is limited, others will hopefully explain more.

‘...blood test it come back fine...’. ‘Fine’ means nothing it is not a number.


Type one diabetes is autoimmune

That makes other autoimmune disease more likely

About 90% of primary hypothyroidism is due to autoimmune thyroid disease also called Hashimoto’s diagnosed by high thyroid antibodies

For full Thyroid evaluation you need TSH, FT4 and FT3 plus both TPO and TG thyroid antibodies tested. Also EXTREMELY important to test vitamin D, folate, ferritin and B12

Low vitamin levels are extremely common, especially if you have autoimmune thyroid disease (Hashimoto's)

Ask GP to test vitamin levels

Recommended on here that all thyroid blood tests should ideally be done as early as possible in morning and before eating or drinking anything other than water .

This gives highest TSH, lowest FT4 and most consistent results. (Patient to patient tip)

Private tests are available as NHS currently rarely tests Ft3 or thyroid antibodies or all relevant vitamins

List of private testing options

Medichecks Thyroid plus vitamins including folate (private blood draw required)

Thriva Thyroid plus antibodies and vitamins By DIY fingerpick test

Thriva also offer just vitamin testing

Blue Horizon Thyroid Premium Gold includes antibodies, cortisol and vitamins by DIY fingerprick test

If you can get GP to test vitamins and antibodies then cheapest option for just TSH, FT4 and FT3

£29 (via NHS private service ) and 10% off if go on thyroid uk for code

Your ultrasound probably confirmed Hashimoto’s

Ask GP

20% of Hashimoto's patients never have raised antibodies

Come back with new post once you get full blood test results

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