Puddin Posted: 31/03/2009 10:11
Missyleih, you shouldn’t be waiting until June for a blood test if you are feeling so unwell – go now. I know most doctors recommend blood tests every 6 months once you are on medication but if you are not feeling well then you need to go back sooner.
It takes 6 weeks for an increase in medication to take full effect so if you had your medication increase recently and its not helped then go back. Have you seen a consultant?
Having an underactive thyroid is difficult – you can go from good to bad in an incredibly short space of time. I feel unwell, tired and unhappy when mine is underactive. I’ve include my test results below for you to read – you can see how I felt with each test and why I have made the decision to get my bloods done more often to monitor my levels.
October 2005 - Diagnosis: Put on 50mg eltroxyin: I had repeated sore throats, infections and felt awful – I cried at the drop of a hat and had put on about 2 stone in 3 months. Free T4 - 12.8 (8.0-22.0) TSH - 6.9 (0.3-4.0) January 2006 – I was feeling better than I had in years and had lost 1 stone Free T4 - 16.7 (8.0-22.0) TSH - 3.1 (0.3-4.0) July 2006 - Medication Increased: Put on 100mg eltroxyin: Symptoms had returned again so my mediation was increase Free T4 - 15.4 (8.0-22.0) TSH - 6.9 (0.3-4.0) T3 - 2.6 (1.1-2.8) February 2007 – My energy levels were throw the roof and I felt great
Free T4 - 15.3 (10.6-21.0) TSH - 2.95 (0.34-3.81) October 2007 - Medication Increased: Put on 150mg eltroxyin x 2 days, 100 mg x 5 days: Again, tiredness and depression. I think you can clearly see a 6 month cycle where the medication works and then my thyroid stops working again Free T4 - 14.8 (9.0-21.0) TSH - 4.22 (0.45-3.5) March 2008 – I was feeling mediocre here Free T4 - 15.5 (9.0-21.0) TSH - 3.05(0.45-3.5) August 2008 – I had felt awful and had been to my doctors a number of times for repeated throat infections.
Free T4 - 11.5 (9.0-21.0) TSH - 3.38 (0.45-3.5)
October 2008 – My doctor refused to increase my medication based on the last results even though I was feeling so bad, 2 months later my levels had plummeted. Also, note that my Folic acid, iron and B12 were all low. I started taking supplements at this point
TSH 4.76 (0.45-3.5) Free T4 12.6 (9.0-21.0) TPO Antibodies 1766.3 (0.0-60.0)
Serum Flotae 8.5 (2.7-20.0) Serum Ferritin 5.3 (20.0-300.0) Serum B12 428 (150-1000)
February 2009 – Feeling fantastic although my doctor is concerned regarding my low TSH – I have never felt so good so this is obviously the level that works for me. It is really trial and error. I am going back in the middle of April to get the tests redone and still on all the supplements
TSH 0.20 (0.45-3.5) Free T4 18.7 (9.0-21.0) T3 2.1 (1.2-2.5) TPO Antibodies 610.3 (0.0-60.0) Serum Folate >20.0 (2.7-20.0) Serum Ferritin 36 (20.0-300.0) Serum B12 421 (150-1000)