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Board: Thyroid Disorders 04-11-2015, 06:03 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 259
Posted By FinnMaid
Re: Increasing levothyroxine dosage

There may be some transient symptoms after dose increases. If the increase has been moderate and the symptoms are not bad then it's ok to wait awhile to see if those symptoms subside on their own.
Board: Thyroid Disorders 04-11-2015, 05:59 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 303
Posted By FinnMaid
Re: TSH test rersults

Yes your TSH looks very normal. That said this doesn't necessarily mean your thyroid function/the level of your medication is perfect, you also need to look at your actual thyroid levels (FT4 and...
Board: Thyroid Disorders 02-22-2015, 08:56 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 288
Posted By FinnMaid
Re: Synthroid, Dosage, and Labwork Question

Too bad you didn't have the best set of tests taken - these total values, uptakes and indexes are outdated tests that give you inaccurate results. Best to have actual freeTs (FT4, direct not...
Board: Thyroid Disorders 02-11-2015, 07:13 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 297
Posted By FinnMaid
Re: symptoms with TSH of 4 --is that possible??

Yes you absolutely can have symptoms with a TSH level of 4. It's not actually TSH level that produces symptoms but the lack/excess of thyroid actual thyroid hormones - which may still be within range...
Board: Thyroid Disorders 02-09-2015, 11:48 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,515
Posted By FinnMaid
Board: Thyroid Disorders 02-08-2015, 10:26 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 310
Posted By FinnMaid
Re: Test Results and now really confused with medication

Maybe you can contact your doctor's office and express your concerns about the dosage. Normally I would advice to get a second opinion but it may result in not being prescribed meds because of...
Board: Thyroid Disorders 02-08-2015, 10:08 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,515
Posted By FinnMaid
Re: Will switching from Synthroid to Armour help these test results?

Adding T3 certainly won't help to increase FT4 :confused: but it can help with the energy issue. Maybe you would do better with a bit of added levothyroxine :confused: 25 mcgs of T3 is quite a lot,...
Board: Thyroid Disorders 02-08-2015, 09:46 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 310
Posted By FinnMaid
Re: Test Results and now really confused with medication

I understood that you didn't really have any symptoms and that's why you were confused about being put on meds. If you do then absolutely a trial period of meds may be tried. If it doesn't help then...
Board: Thyroid Disorders 02-08-2015, 06:44 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 310
Posted By FinnMaid
Re: Test Results and now really confused with medication

Hi :wave: I agree your levels are not very bad, if you don't have any symptoms with these levels then medication is not necessary. The dose you were given is very high to start with (if I'm getting...
Board: Thyroid Disorders 02-08-2015, 06:37 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 204
Posted By FinnMaid
Re: no thyroid issues but still medicated?

Well no one can force you to take the medicine. If you truly are asymptomatic after pregancy and your levels are within range you don't need to take it. I would advice you to get thyroid antibodies...
Board: Thyroid Disorders 01-24-2015, 10:58 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 230
Posted By FinnMaid
Re: Please help me understand my test results

Hello :wave: Well there's no reason to freak out about these results. Your TSH is slightly on the lower side and FT4 a bit high but if you're not having major hyperT symptoms you can safely wait...
Board: Thyroid Disorders 01-23-2015, 09:16 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 363
Posted By FinnMaid
Re: Hypothyroid symptoms, "normal labs"

Hello :wave: Your TSH looks great but your FT4 is clearly on the low side so it's absolutely possible for you to have symptoms. Your earlier TSH level around 3 can also be an indication of a...
Board: Thyroid Disorders 01-16-2015, 10:37 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 334
Posted By FinnMaid
Re: Help on thyroid test results

Hello :wave: Find out what the reference ranges in Your lab are - and also if these results truly are free Ts (as especially your T4 result looks a bit funny :confused: ). Your TSH looks fairly good...
Board: Thyroid Disorders 01-11-2015, 09:35 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 340
Posted By FinnMaid
Re: Hypothyroid info needed ... please

Maybe you can contact some local thyroid group :confused: (we have them online too). Some have asked their pharmacy if they knew a doctor that is open to other thyroid supplements besides...
Board: Thyroid Disorders 01-11-2015, 08:14 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 340
Posted By FinnMaid
Re: Hypothyroid info needed ... please

With proper treatment you shouldn't have complaints, maybe some minor issues but not the type you're describing. Going by TSH alone is not proper treatment but a TSH level of 15 is bad for anyone,...
Board: Thyroid Disorders 01-11-2015, 12:05 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 340
Posted By FinnMaid
Re: Hypothyroid info needed ... please

I'm sorry none of those tests are thyroid tests. You need to find out what your TSH and FT4 (direct, not calculated) were, FT3 too if possible, with their reference ranges. The most common cause for...
Board: Thyroid Disorders 01-11-2015, 03:05 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 693
Posted By FinnMaid
Re: New labs, advice needed ... never been diagnosed!

Hello :wave: With these thyroid levels and relatively little symptoms one could say you don't necessarily need thyroid supplementation but since you're already being treated for high blood pressure...
Board: Thyroid Disorders 01-11-2015, 02:54 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 186
Posted By FinnMaid
Re: thyroid problem

Yes it's possible to get your hair back once your hypoT is treated properly. Getting thyroid levels "just somewhere within range" is not proper treatment, you need to get those levels to a place...
Board: Thyroid Disorders 01-11-2015, 02:51 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 340
Posted By FinnMaid
Re: Hypothyroid info needed ... please

Hello :wave: It would be helpful if you posted your actual thyroid levels and the doses you have been given in each situation - it's very hard to comment your current situation with this little info....
Board: Thyroid Disorders 01-11-2015, 02:43 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 334
Posted By FinnMaid
Re: Help on thyroid test results

Hello :wave: Your TSH looks great but your FT4 is a bit on the low side (and your FT3 is also below midrange) so it's possible to have hypothyroid symptoms with these levels already. Maybe you should...
Board: Thyroid Disorders 12-24-2014, 11:43 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 345
Posted By FinnMaid
Re: My first lab results since thyroidectomy

Hello :wave: Your labs (and your symptoms) clearly indicate that your dose is insufficient. You should aim to have your TSH around 1 or so and FT4 around midrange or higher, in a place where you feel...
Board: Thyroid Disorders 12-19-2014, 12:10 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 361
Posted By FinnMaid
Re: Norm TSH,highT4,lowT3

It would be better if you had actual freeTs (freeT4, direct, and FT3) tested - these tests you had taken give you very inaccurate results.
Board: Thyroid Disorders 12-19-2014, 06:29 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 312
Posted By FinnMaid
Re: Need Help Interpreting Thyroid Test Results

Hello :wave: Your FreeTs (FT4 and FT3) look great, more hyperT than hypoT really :confused: Makes me think that maybe you should get your FreeTs tested again with dialysis to get the most accurate...
Board: Thyroid Disorders 12-16-2014, 10:04 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 286
Posted By FinnMaid
Re: Syntroid dosage question

Hello :wave: Calculating doses isn't exact science especially if you're relying on TSH alone. TSH tends to fluctuate and it would be better to look at your actual thyroid levels (FT4 and FT3) too. It...
Board: Thyroid Disorders 12-13-2014, 11:56 AM
Replies: 8
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Posted By FinnMaid
Re: Tsh

The use of decimal points and commas for marking decimals can be confusing. We in Finland use commas where you on the other side of the ocean use dots ;)

My "personal record" is from about 0.2 to...
Board: Thyroid Disorders 12-12-2014, 07:24 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 346
Posted By FinnMaid
Re: TSH is 3.5 ... is that bad?

I think you could start with TSH, FT4 and TPOAb, possibly FT3 (you may not need it as you're suspecting hypoT and it may still be well within range). TSH itself doesn't cause symptoms, it's the...
Board: Thyroid Disorders 12-11-2014, 11:06 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,095
Posted By FinnMaid
Re: Has anyone ever had these symptoms?

I believe many people can relate to your symptoms. The feeling of "losing one's mind" is very often mentioned when symptoms are discussed. Why aren't you on any thyroid replacement :confused: - it...
Board: Thyroid Disorders 12-10-2014, 10:50 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 346
Posted By FinnMaid
Re: TSH is 3.5...is that bad?

It doesn't necessarily mean you're hypothyroid but if you have symptoms that could be thyroid related with these current ranges you should get further investigation and treatment more easily. There...
Board: Thyroid Disorders 12-06-2014, 10:42 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 352
Posted By FinnMaid
Re: Ideal TSH for Trying to Conceive

Hi :wave: With healthy people with no thyroid issues the "ideal" TSH is usually around 1 or 2 tops. When on thyroid replacement TSH levels are not necessarily the best indicators of sufficient...
Board: Thyroid Disorders 12-01-2014, 05:48 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 809
Posted By FinnMaid
Re: Levels normal but feel like crap

Sometimes it's ok to have one's FT4 high in the range or slightly above it (been there, done that too), usually having a high FT4 produces symptoms although T3 is the "active hormone" and FT3 is well...
Board: Thyroid Disorders 11-30-2014, 12:55 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 809
Posted By FinnMaid
Re: Levels normal but feel like crap

It's quite possible you need a reduction to your T4 and a bit of added T3. I think you should bring this up with your doc.
Board: Thyroid Disorders 11-30-2014, 12:31 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 809
Posted By FinnMaid
Re: Levels normal but feel like crap

Hello :wave: Can you please post your lab's reference ranges for FT4 and FT3. It's hard to comment your labs without them.

1. You can have both. Sometimes when thyroid levels are imbalanced one...
Board: Thyroid Disorders 11-21-2014, 10:41 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 387
Posted By FinnMaid
Re: High thyroglobulin antibodies?

Yes thyroid replacement can reduce the size of the nodule (not sure how likely it would be and it would also take thyroid suppressive dosages). Hashi's is the term used when there are thyroid...
Board: Thyroid Disorders 11-21-2014, 09:33 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 387
Posted By FinnMaid
Re: High thyroglobulin antibodies?

It also depends on the reference range which depends on the testing method. If the range was like <35 then you too would get a completely different result (= much "higher"), your result is about five...
Board: Thyroid Disorders 11-21-2014, 08:09 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 387
Posted By FinnMaid
Re: High thyroglobulin antibodies?

Hello :wave: I think TGAb that high is a definate sign of Hashi's and it may have something to do with that nodule too. Unfortunately the thyroid function tests you had taken are inaccurate and...
Board: Thyroid Disorders 11-15-2014, 01:34 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 560
Posted By FinnMaid
Re: Need my levels out of the normal range to feel good

Hi :wave:
There is a type of Hashimoto's thyroiditis that typically represents as muscular issues/pains. I don't know the "fancy term" for it and I've only read a case report in Finnish but the...
Board: Thyroid Disorders 11-05-2014, 08:25 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 483
Posted By FinnMaid
Re: Thyroxine Free little bit high

Maybe you should contact your doctor and tell her that you'd like to try a slightly smaller dose just to be sure. Often a decrease of 12.5 mcgs per day does the trick (assuming you're not on a tiny...
Board: Thyroid Disorders 11-05-2014, 08:19 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 446
Posted By FinnMaid
Re: Synthroid to Erfa conversion?

The divided dose is because NTH has T3 in it which is fast acting and has a short half life. With a divided dose one may avoid possible "hormone spikes" and the feeling of T3 "wearing off". Not...
Board: Thyroid Disorders 11-01-2014, 03:23 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 483
Posted By FinnMaid
Re: Thyroxine Free little bit high

FT3 measures the amount of free triiodothyronine that is converted from T4 in your body and is the active thyroid hormone. It's also produced by thyroid but when you're hypothyroid and taking T4 only...
Board: Thyroid Disorders 10-31-2014, 11:34 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 483
Posted By FinnMaid
Re: Thyroxine Free little bit high

Do you have any symptoms that would point towards hyperT? Even if your FT4 is a bit high it doesn't automatically mean you're overmedicated - it's possible your FT3 is still well within normal range...
Board: Thyroid Disorders 10-31-2014, 07:13 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 509
Posted By FinnMaid
Re: Eight (8) weeks post op - lab results

I wouldn't switch "cold turkey" especially when dealing with this high doses. Many have been succesful in switching gradually. One may for example cut back on T4 by 50 mcgs and add ½ a grain of...
Board: Thyroid Disorders 10-23-2014, 08:11 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 509
Posted By FinnMaid
Re: Eight (8) weeks post op - lab results

Hello :wave: Your TSH and FT4 look pretty good, but your FT3 is low and this could explain your weight gain. You'd also like to see your FT3 around midrange or higher. NTH might be a good choice for...
Board: Thyroid Disorders 10-21-2014, 08:36 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 708
Posted By FinnMaid
Re: TSH, FT3 & FT4 level concern

Hello :wave: If TSH and freeTs are all closer to the lower end of the range that can point towards secondary hypothyroidism ie. a pituitary issue where the pituitary gland is not releasing enough TSH...
Board: Thyroid Disorders 10-17-2014, 11:58 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 429
Posted By FinnMaid
Re: Are these results normal?

Yes they're within range but, based on those lowish freeTs and TSH slightly above the healthy average, if you have symptoms they could be thyroid related. (Usually healthy people have their TSH...
Board: Thyroid Disorders 10-16-2014, 11:02 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 481
Posted By FinnMaid
Re: Labs - Is this Hashi's

Hello :wave: Well I wouldn't say you definetely have Hashi's (it's surely possible, you could get Tg Ab tested too, it may be elevated and indicate Hashi's even if TPOAb is inconclusive) but what...
Board: Thyroid Disorders 10-16-2014, 10:52 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 380
Posted By FinnMaid
Re: "Funny" lab results

Hello :wave: Your TSH looks perfectly normal but maybe your doc spotted those lower in the range T4 and T3 results - which BTW are results of outdated inaccurate tests but could very well point...
Board: Thyroid Disorders 10-13-2014, 09:40 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 478
Posted By FinnMaid
Re: Thyroid test results look abnormal?..

Hello :wave: Your TgAb is high so this would indicate Hashimoto's thyroiditis which is the most common cause for hypoT. You didn't post reference ranges but your TSH is on the high side and your...
Board: Thyroid Disorders 10-08-2014, 12:04 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 547
Posted By FinnMaid
Re: Exhaustion

Hello! Can you please post reference ranges for those Ts (which, I suspect, are really FreeTs) so that we can help you interpret them.
Board: Thyroid Disorders 10-08-2014, 08:23 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 413
Posted By FinnMaid
Re: Lab result question

Hello! :wave: You absolutely need to have actual thyroid tests run (TSH and FT4 at least) to see if there's a thyroid problem. I've never heard of a doctor making such statements :confused:
Board: Thyroid Disorders 10-08-2014, 08:13 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 472
Posted By FinnMaid
Re: Adding T3 to T4

If you already tried a small dose of T3 and it didn't agree with you then I think that an increased dose of T4 definitely is worth giving a try. 88 mcgs may not do the trick but increasing the dose...
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