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Partial blood results for knackered Mum - thyroid...

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knackeredoutmum Mon 14-Jan-13 19:20:54

Well, I have got partial results back and awaiting the rest later this week or next.

Vitamin D was 36 which is rather low as you already know

B12 was in normal range and quite a bit over threshhold

Ferritin still waiting

T3 & T4 still waiting

TSH - still waiting but a year ago was 4.8

antithyroid peroxidase antibodies - positive - result stated as 1 in 6400 but no range/threshhold or interpretation available until I get results from the rest of the thyroid screen

Anyone know how significant this figure is? What bis the range and what is a clinical level considered to be? I have no idea of the scale used but it is UK.

topsi Tue 29-Jan-13 09:04:47

nutri thyroid does not contain dessicated thyroid, not sure if it is vegetarian though

knackeredoutmum Tue 29-Jan-13 09:29:33

do you know if nutrithyroid is any good? what does it do?

NanTheWiser Tue 29-Jan-13 10:02:06

Nutri Thyroid does contain dessicated thyroid, topsi. I have a bottle in front of me, and these are the ingredients:

Dicalcium phosphate (bulking agent)
microcrystalline cellulose (humectant)
Thyroid Gland Concentrate
Silicon Dioxide (anti-caking agent)
Stearic acid (emulsifier)
Coating (polyvinyl alcohol, talc, polyethylene glycol, polysorbate)

I decided to try this, as I am convinced my thyroid is underactive, but blood results are "within range", so no treatment <sigh>, but haven't been on it long enough to know whether it's made any difference.

I'm not aware of any vegetarian OTC products that would help thyroid problems, but welcome any suggestions!

digerd Tue 29-Jan-13 11:24:39

There seems to be uncertainty still with Thyroid problems.
When I was Overactive, and developed a goitre, was told it could be a lack of Iodine. 10 years after having the sub-total op and not needing any medication- my german Doc said perhaps I should have iodine supplements, BUT it could make me Underactive. So decided not to take them.
12 years later - after yearly blood tests for Thyroid-my blood test came back slightly underactive.

borninastorm Tue 29-Jan-13 11:43:44

I've just had lots of blood tests due to low immunity and terrible exhaustion. I am already being treated with B12 injections every 8 weeks.

My results showed I am insulin resistant and my thyroid is low but not treatable yet (first time it was 6.2 month later it was 4.8 GP won't treat it til it's 10 ?!) but I've to keep an eye on it. My ferritin is also low.

So my question is have you considered insulin resistance as a cause for tiredness? It goes hand in hand with thyroid problems as they're both hormones.

Thyroid uk has lots of info on test results.

mercibucket Tue 29-Jan-13 12:02:28

borninastorm - why not change gp or take in that book 'understanding your thyroid' as it says its worth treating once tsh is over 'normal' which yours was/is

topsi Tue 29-Jan-13 18:49:24

sorry I think maybe I got confused. Nutri thyroid is supposed to be hormone free but Thyroid Gold states it contains thyroid hormones

borninastorm Tue 29-Jan-13 19:40:48

merci cos I feel much better now I'm on low gi to deal with the insulin resistance.

But If/when I get the same symptoms again I will definitely make sure my GP treats my thyroid, but I'm happy right now to deal with the insulin resistance first and take it from there.

knackeredoutmum Tue 29-Jan-13 20:03:42

well, interestingly my body has a huge problem with sugars in the diet, I always have but it has increased and reached ridiculous proportions maybe 6 months before I started to be so utterly tired with a permanent cold.

If I eat a normal diet then I will get the shakes, nausea, and starving stomach pains within 2 hours of eating (and within 30 minutes of waking up in the mornign if I dont have breakfast quickly enough). But I believe my blood sugars still test normal at that time.

If I strip out all the normal carbs, including complex carbs (but still eating veg and dairy and quiche for example but no cereal, rice, roast potatoes etc) then after about a week I can go 4 hours between meals.

The problem is it is so hard to stick to.

Is this what insulin resistance is?

sipper Wed 30-Jan-13 22:01:36

Hi knackeredoutmum Way back somewhere or other I asked how you were when you drank alcohol. At least I think I did! Maybe I imagined it!! But it probably got buried somewhere as there have been lots of useful posts and info. What I was wondering was whether you have a gut fermentation issue as that can make you feel totally wiped out, verging on the M.E. type unable to stand up kind of exhaustion.

knackeredoutmum Wed 30-Jan-13 22:11:07

sorry sipper, missed your q, I am teetotal so I have no idea

sipper Wed 30-Jan-13 23:29:01

Oh well, that means alcohol can't be our guide!! If you have yeasts in your gut and certain bacteria that also shouldn't be there then you can be fermenting your foods each time you eat or drink anything that feeds these baddies. That could be all sorts of sugars including starches that become sugars (such as from white potatoes). If this fermentation is going on you'll end up with alcohol in your bloodstream and you can feel wiped out, totally fatigued, absolutely wasted. A gut fermentation profile (a bloodtest carried out after a glucose load is ingested) shows in black & white whether this is happening. Could be something to look at. Especially as you have mentioned the sugar connection.

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