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baratron From: baratron Date: 19th February 2013 01:22 (UTC) (Link)
Oh, I suppose my original post didn't actually say. I posted that on Wednesday because I was waiting for a doctor's appointment today. (My doctor doesn't work on Thursdays and is the emergency triage doctor on Fridays, so doesn't have regular appointments). I wanted to get the research under way so I could talk to my GP with some knowledge :)

My doctor friend (who I haven't spoken to in years, admittedly) told me a few years ago that the NHS wouldn't treat my TSH until it reached 10.0 mU/L. What I've realised is that that recommendation was making the assumption that my T4 level was normal. With high TSH and normal T4, that would be a reasonable thing to do - especially considering that I'm on a medication that can cause artificially raised TSH (carbamazepine). The problem is, this is the first time that Kingston Hospital has actually done a T4 level! They won't do it unless your TSH is above some threshold even when the doctor requests it. Argh! Even now, my T4 is decidedly borderline on some lab's scales.

I still don't have a T3 reading, but I guess they'll have to do it once I'm on thyroxine. Won't they? They try to save money and end up just having to repeat the tests because the doctor isn't happy to proceed without them...
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