Sorry - didn't mean to bite your head off. Got a bit of a scare when I saw it - it's quite spectacular - and started imagining the worst.
Have rationalised it now. I think it's a combination of a very intermittent niggle behind that knee that's been around for a few weeks, doing heavy strength work in the gym - inc. squats and lunges with big weights, slight over-tightness of the non-slip band around the legs of my shorts and too much heavy allotment work.
Will make physio appointment tomorrow. Thanks for advice. Will try to be sensible!
Ran a 5 mile race this morning, ran hard (for me) and got a PB. Just got undressed to shower and found a very large, very black area just above my left knee on the inside. Never had this before. Definitely haven't banged it - it's too big and black not to have noticed. It's not sore to touch. Should I get it checked at a walk-in centre or is it nowt to worry about?
I never saw an NHS consultant. Got my GP to refer me to a private specialist, and GP writes script for T3.
T3 and T4 (and FT3/FT4) levels aren't routinely tested. The policy seems to vary from area to area but most labs will run TSH and if it comes back 'normal' will not do any further tests, even if GP has requested them on the form. In my area, because my TSH is suppressed (i.e. not 'normal') I usually get an FT3.
Keeping a note of your own lab results (along with dose and symptoms) is good advice.
Hi BB Thyroxine (T4) is an inactive, storage form of thyroid hormone. T3 (liothyronine) is the active thyroid hormone. A healthy thyroid gland produces a small quantity of T3 and a large quantity of T4. To be used in the body, the T4 has to be converted into T3. The conversion takes place in the liver and peripheral tissues.