Hi to all the knowledgeable people on here 🙂
I was diagnosed hypo in 2013 and my antibody count was negative. The docs have refused to retest antibodies again so last year I had a private test and they were negative again. The doctor's note that came with the test results said that this indicates I don't have an autoimmune thyroid problem. I had thyroglobulin and TPO tested.
So I was wondering what the difference is? I always have below range TSH and just in range FT3 and FT4 so I always get the comment that my TSH indicates I should reduce thyroxine. HMmmm
Last November I had a health issue (not thyroid related) that caused me a great deal of stress and anxiety. I'm still very anxious now and whenever I feel like this it tends to show in my throat if that makes sense? My throat feels tight etc which in turn makes me wonder if my thyroid is swelling up. (equals more anxiety. I am due my annual check at the end of Jan but I just wondered if anyone had any thoughts that might help me. I have also started reducing my hormone pill over the last 3 months. I've taken it for years without a break but now I'm down to a quarter of a pill a day. Didn't just stop cold turkey due to withdrawal migraines. I've read that oestrogen can have an effect on thyroid? I was hoping that coming off it would be beneficial for my body but all I seen to be at the moment is fat, grumpy and anxious!
Thanks for your thoughts.
I suppose that, basically, the difference is that if you have Hashi's, you know what caused your hypothyroidism, but if you don't have Hashi's, you don't always know why you're hypo. But, hypothyroidism is hypothyroisims - i.e. the thyroid, for whatever reason, can no-longer make enough hormone to keep you well.
There is, of course, the complication with Hashi's that you get these attacks on your thyroid, and the dying cells dump their stock of hormone into the blood, causing you to become temporarily hyper, which does make finding the right dose more difficult. But, the symptoms of hypo are still the same, and the treatment is the same.
I always have below range TSH and just in range FT3 and FT4
Just in-range at the top or at the bottom? Actual numbers - results and ranges - help people to reply to you more comprehensively.
Sorry for not being clear. I'm always at the bottom of the range so I haven't let them reduce thyroxine as I will go below range. I take b12, iron and D3 to help conversion.
Please add actual results and ranges
When were vitamin D, folate, B12 and ferritin last tested
If you are supplementing iron you need full iron panel test regularly at least every 2-3 month
How much levothyroxine are you currently taking
Do you always get same brand of levothyroxine
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 .
Last dose of Levothyroxine 24 hours prior to blood test. (taking delayed dose immediately after blood draw).
This gives highest TSH, lowest FT4 and most consistent results. (Patient to patient tip)
Is this how you do your tests?
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 antibodies and vitamins
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 down to £26.10 if go on thyroid uk for code
Also vitamin D available as separate test via MMH
Or alternative Vitamin D NHS postal kit