I have asked again for more detailed results (not provided previously) but it's very lengthy and not sure if you can 'attach' them on here.
I'm afraid I've just returned from my GP after requesting a referral to a consultant and she wouldn't. !!
In my surgery you book into whoever is free - today was a visiting GP.
She insisted that all my results were normal, and to 'pacify' me agreed to VitD, Cacium, B12 (I think) Ferrous and a couple of other tests.
She suggested Depression or Chronic Fatigue Syndrome., but then when I pushed in disagreement she agreed that they didn't account for my physical symptoms. ?? She asked if I had researched my condition and presumed 'on the internet' only and said a lot of what you read on the internet is rubbish apart from patient.co.uk/ - which I will now compare.
I explained I got the Dr. Toft book as recommended by the nurse there and this is where my concerns started after still not feeling well.
She asked if I have stress in my life. !*"?!*+! (really bad swear word) and perhaps need to look at coping better. This will make me tired and lethargic.. yes it would ... but I have other symptoms that diagnosed the HypoT.
She then assessed me on the computer for Depression (I agreed, to prove my point and have it recorded) and the score came out low. Stupid programme, unreliable, not valid in any way as it only asked how you felt in the past 2 weeks!! and gave ridiculous choices of " every day, never, several days & more than half the time" work that one out for professional assessment!!
So for example " have you thought you might be better off dead or wanted to harm yourself"? (in the last 2 weeks remember!!)
If your TSH is within range then the labs DO NOT test for anything else. i.e. T4 etc. I suggested that the TSH can not be interpreted isolated and she agreed but it IS if everything else was 'normal.' The labs won't investigate further. It's not a GP decision.
I have now noticed that in March 2011 near diagnosis time my TSH was 5.3 (0.3-5.00) and Serum free T4 level was 10!! (10.4 - 24.5), I was put on 75mcg but then 50mcg. My TSH was last recorded at 3.7 this year.
I now have a copy of those March 2011 results that show in summary all is normal;
Scan of Thyroid - not malignant (I have nodules)
blood pressure 60/100
thyroid peroxidase antibody level 720 units
immunology - await results
serum lipids - normal (detailed breakdown provided
Free T4 10
Plasma glucose - normal
GFR MDRD - normal greater than 90
Serum LH level - normal 3.8
Serum FSH - normal 3.9
Bone profile - normal (details breakdown provided)
Liver function - normal (detailed breakdown provided)
Renal profile - normal
Serum Urea level 5.6 (2.5 - 7.5)
Serum creatinine 60 (46.92)
Erythrocyte sedimentation rate - normal 14 (3-15)
Full blood count - normal (detailed breakdown provided)
My last test results simply read TSH 3.7 - normal.
So sine then my TSH has dropped to 3.7 and therefore does not need further investigation or medication review.
If I am barking up the wrong tree (NOT as in barking mad ;)) please someone tell me; but I have now read so much just started on Paul Robinson's and I thought so much more could be done if you are within range yet with symptoms.
If it's proved I need antidepressants I'll throw in the gauntlet and take them or whatever you do for CFSyndrome - it's just that I don't know and she didn't help much.
I wasn't acknowledge as I left the room, but thanked her anyway.
What on earth do I do now?? Obviously do the tests mentioned above. Any suggestions much appreciated.
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