hi, I have been advised by a doctor I met (not my GP) to go and get my thyroid antibodies checked in addition to thyroid function. This as a result of him seeing me and chatting to discover that I have a family history of Hashimoto disease/syndrome (mother) and underactive thyroid (daughter, aunt, grandmother, cousins)
My GP will only test for thyroid levels and not antibodies. She is saying that if the levels are 'normal' then there is no way I could have any thyroid condition.
I am unable to lose weight no matter what I try, my skin is atrocious, I am constantly tired, my hair is thick and brittle (like a dead mouse clinging to the edge!), my cholesterol levels were apparently up when I was last tested (not told that till yesterday) and if I go through the list of symptoms it does appear a 'no brainer'.
I have previously broken my neck so I have had neck surgery and have an internal cage around C5/C6 and C7 (surgery August 2010); I had a fall so have a trauma induced brain injury. I suffer from bowel problems and chest and lung problems (bronchiectasis) and Gastro-oesophageal reflux.
I had thyroid function tests a while ago (pre 2010) and they were 'normal' but I was unaware of antibodies then.
Can anyone please tell me if I should insist on asking for antibody tests and also where to find any UK guidance on this?.
Thank you in anticipation of someone steering me in a useful direction.