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Board: Thyroid Disorders 05-06-2015, 11:31 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 98
Posted By midwest1
Re: Armour thyroid and constipation

Constipation is a classic hypothyroid symptom.
Since you're so new to treatment, and since you had the problem before, the recurrence may be due to the fluctuation of your levels from beginning...
Board: Thyroid Disorders 05-04-2015, 07:29 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 308
Posted By midwest1
Re: Tons of pain and don't know what to do next

Just so you know what your target goals should be....
People who are receiving truly optimal treatment with levothyroxine have, on average, TSH around 1, free T4 and free T3 at least lab median (1.3...
Board: Thyroid Disorders 05-04-2015, 11:32 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 308
Posted By midwest1
Re: Tons of pain and don't know what to do next

Your TSH, free T4, and free T3 show you to be hypothyroid. If you're in treatment, you need a dose increase, or perhaps a switch to desiccated thyroid from levothyroxine. If you aren't in...
Board: Thyroid Disorders 04-29-2015, 05:07 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 212
Posted By midwest1
Re: Safe Dosage

Your friend is wrong. One-hundred fifty mcgs is a common full replacement dose for many people. In the end, it takes what it takes. Everyone's needs are individual.
Board: Thyroid Disorders 04-29-2015, 02:01 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 186
Posted By midwest1
Re: Pregnant thyroid lab results

That's possible, but I hope it's better.
Don't be afraid to educate yourself about your condition. Too often, we have to 'guide' our thyroid doctors into helping us the proper way.
Board: Thyroid Disorders 04-29-2015, 08:22 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 190
Posted By midwest1
Re: Any tips on gaining energy?

How long is it since your diagnosis?
Your best way to gain energy is to have your levels optimal... TSH between 1 and 2, free Ts around center-range. If they aren't there yet, you can't fight the...
Board: Thyroid Disorders 04-29-2015, 08:16 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 186
Posted By midwest1
Re: Pregnant thyroid lab results

IMO, it wouldn't hurt to ask for TSI and TPO antibodies tests.
The problem is, if it's Graves' disease, your options for medication are limited while pregnant. Not impossible, but limited.
Board: Thyroid Disorders 04-27-2015, 01:37 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 325
Posted By midwest1
Re: Getting off Synthroid

If the dose was raised to 88 mcgs after those labs were done, it's just my opinion that maybe you didn't really need an increase. The free Ts look good. Of course, there's a possibility they're too...
Board: Thyroid Disorders 04-27-2015, 08:21 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 245
Posted By midwest1
Re: Just started Synthroid - Having problems and I want to stop

Inability to tolerate thyroid treatment often is due to adrenal dysfunction. Your symptoms sound similar to that.
Persuade your doctor to investigate that possibility. It doesn't sound as if all...
Board: Thyroid Disorders 04-27-2015, 08:18 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 208
Posted By midwest1
Re: Levothyroxine dosage change

There should be some change within 2-4 weeks. Full effect would probably be seen at 6-8 weeks.
Board: Thyroid Disorders 04-27-2015, 08:16 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 325
Posted By midwest1
Re: Getting off Synthroid

Are these your most recent labs?
What are the reference ranges for the free Ts? Your results have to be compared to their ranges... But those results do seem high.

Did your MD raise your dose...
Board: Thyroid Disorders 04-26-2015, 09:51 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 325
Posted By midwest1
Re: Getting off Synthroid

You need to have your free T4 and free T3 levels tested. If the prescribing MD didn't run those, she should not have given you the Synthroid script. Prescribing it on the basis of TSH alone was a...
Board: Thyroid Disorders 04-26-2015, 09:42 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 205
Posted By midwest1
Re: Should I continue Methimazole or go for Radioactive Iodine?

I agree with Reece.
Doctors say hypothyroidism treatment is easier, but too many of them don't have a clue how to do it well. The patient has a high risk of ending up inoptimally treated and...
Board: Thyroid Disorders 04-24-2015, 01:42 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 238
Posted By midwest1
Re: 7.8 enlarged thyroid gland

The antibody tests are not infallible. They can be false-negative up to 20% of the time. Ultrasound sometimes will pick up visual changes in texture caused by antibody activity; but the only...
Board: Thyroid Disorders 04-24-2015, 10:22 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 226
Posted By midwest1
Re: confused, hyper to hashis??

I don't trust doctors easily, but I would trust this one and take the Synthroid. That doesn't mean the dose might not have to be adjusted a few times to get it right, but you really do need it.
...
Board: Thyroid Disorders 04-24-2015, 08:42 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 220
Posted By midwest1
Re: Hypo with extreme Hyper symptoms?????

I had most of those symptoms before I was diagnosed hypothyroid. Treatment eliminated them.

It's very likely you needed a dose increase if your TSH is that high.
"Normal" is meaningless when it...
Board: Thyroid Disorders 04-24-2015, 08:23 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 226
Posted By midwest1
Re: confused, hyper to hashis??

If you know the lab's reference range for free T4, please post it.
But a level of .75 is almost always below the typical lab range, and is inadequate for a healthy pregnancy and delivery.
TSH...
Board: Thyroid Disorders 04-21-2015, 10:09 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 288
Posted By midwest1
Re: Low tsh and high thyroid peroxidase

On the other hand, since you like Armour (albeit at a smaller dose), avoid endocrinologists. They are extremely unwilling to prescribe Armour, and you may be unhappy with a synthetic med.

You...
Board: Thyroid Disorders 04-20-2015, 02:20 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 311
Posted By midwest1
Re: Has anyone ever heard about FDA Approved low-dose naltrexone for Hashimoto's?

IMO, you'd be wiser to put your efforts toward finding a doctor to treat your hypothyroidism. Thyroid hormone replacement will work. The LDN protocol is unproven and still in the experimental...
Board: Thyroid Disorders 04-17-2015, 09:15 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 336
Posted By midwest1
Re: Lab Results Questions

I just wrote the following reply to someone on another thread. It applies to your situation, too:
Endos are the least likely kind of doctor to diagnose hypothyroidism. They are arbitrary about TSH,...
Board: Thyroid Disorders 04-17-2015, 09:10 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 244
Posted By midwest1
Re: Too Much Synthroid?

An overdose would be more than your body needs.
It might do nothing, or it might cause a stroke or heart attack.
Sensible people wouldn't consider it worth the risk.
Board: Thyroid Disorders 04-17-2015, 09:06 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 382
Posted By midwest1
Re: Do I or Don't I???

Which antibody are you talking about? TPO and Tg abs are the ones associated with hypothyroidism. A positive TPO or Tg titer in the absence of low T4/3 and symptoms should probably only be...
Board: Thyroid Disorders 04-16-2015, 05:37 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 336
Posted By midwest1
Re: Lab Results Questions

I take it you're trying to get a hypothyroid diagnosis and that you are not currently in treatment for it?

If you have symptoms, they would easily be explained by your bottom of the range FT4 and...
Board: Blood and Blood Vessel 04-08-2015, 12:41 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 178
Posted By midwest1
Re: Low Platetes

It's not possible.

What is the cause of the low platelets?
How low is the count?
Board: Thyroid Disorders 04-07-2015, 01:39 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 246
Posted By midwest1
Re: Thyroglobulin Antibody Out of Rang

Anti-Tg antibodies are an indicator of Hashimoto's thyroiditis, the leading cause of hypothyroidism in the US. The other associated antibody is anti-TPO. You don't need to have both to have...
Board: Thyroid Disorders 04-07-2015, 01:34 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 268
Posted By midwest1
Re: TSH, Free T4 lab test information after forgetting to take levothyroxine

(Oh... I don't remember seeing the word "forgetting" in your thread title. Sorry I missed that part.)

It takes about 2 weeks for levels to change after increasing, decreasing, or discontinuing...
Board: Thyroid Disorders 04-06-2015, 09:02 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 268
Posted By midwest1
Re: TSH, Free T4 lab test information after forgetting to take levothyroxine

It's wise not to take levothyroxine within 4-6 hours before having free T4 measured. Stopping it for days doesn't make sense. Why would you do that?
Board: Thyroid Disorders 04-04-2015, 10:24 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 209
Posted By midwest1
Re: Can living within 10 miles of a nuclear power plant cause thyroid issues

Theoretically... Of course. The Chernobyl disaster spawned a multitude of goiters and thyroid cancers. But thyroid disease is common in all localities, nearby nuclear plants or not.

Was the...
Board: Thyroid Disorders 04-01-2015, 02:08 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 281
Posted By midwest1
Re: Throbbing neck, strangling sensation

If your doctor refuses to delve harder into the thyroid disease possibility, you should find a different doctor. A TSH of 4 with multiple thyroid-type symptoms should be treated.

My main...
Board: Thyroid Disorders 04-01-2015, 01:26 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 153
Posted By midwest1
Re: Small Thyroid??

Thyroid glands are like feet. Each person has their own size.
But one thing that might make a gland small is shrinkage, and that can happen due to gland damage and destruction from Hashimoto's...
Board: Thyroid Disorders 03-30-2015, 09:03 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 238
Posted By midwest1
Re: Can it happen this fast?

Doctors can be amazingly obtuse when it comes to thyroid disease and its treatment.

Yes! You absolutely can be feeling the effect of that dose reduction. Your TSH of 1.25 was perfect! It's what...
Board: Thyroid Disorders 03-28-2015, 09:55 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 657
Posted By midwest1
Re: Hashimoto's - confused, need help, please

By "one-sided", I meant that neurological symptoms caused by low thyroid would generally be more diffuse and not only left or right.

According to a reputable online thyroid textbook, serum T4...
Board: Thyroid Disorders 03-26-2015, 09:06 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 657
Posted By midwest1
Re: Hashimoto's - confused, need help, please

Did you take your levothyroxine within the 6 hours previous to the blood draw? That can make free T4 appear falsely elevated. If free T4 is to be tested, it's preferable to wait until after a...
Board: Thyroid Disorders 03-25-2015, 11:50 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 207
Posted By midwest1
Re: High TSH but feel great

Of course it's possible that TSH that high is your normal. It would be rare, though. The average TSH for a healthy person would be 1 to 2.

More important is your level of free T4 and...
Board: Thyroid Disorders 03-24-2015, 04:49 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 235
Posted By midwest1
Re: New here and looking for help interpreting my new lab results

No, no. Thyroid cancer can't be detected with blood tests. People with Hashimoto's are at slightly higher risk of it than those without, but you don't have to worry about it if you don't have large...
Board: Thyroid Disorders 03-24-2015, 10:38 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 235
Posted By midwest1
Re: New here and looking for help interpreting my new lab results

Hi Jennifer,
Don't panic. This can be fixed.

The dose of Synthroid you were given was minimal, not even the standard starting dose. Sometimes, too little Synthroid can be worse than none at...
Board: Thyroid Disorders 03-21-2015, 09:17 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 208
Posted By midwest1
Re: Anxiety and Hypothyroid, Need Insight

If your hypoT is contributing significantly to your anxiety, be prepared to endure it for as long as it will take to get your thyroid levels optimal and stable. Based on your test results, they're...
Board: Thyroid Disorders 03-21-2015, 08:58 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 203
Posted By midwest1
Re: Ideal range for TSH

TSH isn't accurate at all if there are significant TSI antibody titers. TSI suppresses TSH for years, sometimes. It would be more useful to know what your FTs are. Does your MD order those tests?...
Board: Thyroid Disorders 03-21-2015, 08:50 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 253
Posted By midwest1
Re: problem after my appointment

No, I don't think your free T4 and free T3 levels are "okay". They're too high. See how your free T3 is above the highest end of the range? That would make most people feel pretty bad.

It took...
Board: Thyroid Disorders 03-19-2015, 04:47 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 161
Posted By midwest1
Re: hypothyroidism

First, your existing arrhythmia could easily be due to your untreated hypothyroidism. Mine was; it disappeared once my thyroid was properly treated.

Second, it is common for thyroid hormone to...
Board: Thyroid Disorders 03-19-2015, 09:33 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 167
Posted By midwest1
Re: Medications

1) What is the difference between Armour and NatureThroid?

They're two different brands of natural desiccated thyroid med, that's all. Like Pepsi and Coke.

The pharma companies who make...
Board: Thyroid Disorders 03-19-2015, 09:08 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 253
Posted By midwest1
Re: problem after my appointment

No, I would not take more.
"Optimal" doses are individual... The amount your body needs, not what some internet self-proclaimed non-professional says. Three to five grains would be far too much for...
Board: Thyroid Disorders 03-16-2015, 01:05 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 167
Posted By midwest1
Re: Help! Need Advice

I can't offer specific advice about the nodules, except to say...
Those nodules are huge, and I wouldn't be comfortable ignoring them... Not even though the biopsies came out inconclusive. Biopsies...
Board: Thyroid Disorders 03-16-2015, 12:52 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 176
Posted By midwest1
Re: What else can I do?

You will never feel well until you find a doctor willing to prescribe the amount of thyroid hormone you actually need. Nothing will eliminate your thyroid symptoms except the replacement of the...
Board: Thyroid Disorders 03-12-2015, 07:59 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 252
Posted By midwest1
Re: Got my lab results today and not sure should i worry or not?

What's your endocrinological history?
Hypothyroid or hyperthyroid?

Do you take Armour (or other brand of desiccated thyroid hormone) or Cytomel?
Those labs would not be surprising if you do.
...
Board: Thyroid Disorders 03-09-2015, 08:58 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 323
Posted By midwest1
Re: Which number is a higher level of hyper

I don't know about your T4 (or other levels) unless you post the range used by the lab that ran the tests. Your result must be compared against the range used in order to interpret it. Ranges can...
Board: Thyroid Disorders 03-08-2015, 08:46 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 323
Posted By midwest1
Re: Which number is a higher level of hyper

For what it's worth, my opinion is that you don't need total T4 and total T3 tests. The free T4/3 are much more accurate gauges of thyroid status.

I would never consider taking a cholesterol...
Board: Thyroid Disorders 03-08-2015, 08:39 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 337
Posted By midwest1
Re: My endo refuses to order T3 labs

MDs are taught in med school that T4 always converts to exactly the right amount of T3 and that nothing ever goes wrong with that process. Most of them go through their entire careers believing that...
Board: Thyroid Disorders 03-08-2015, 11:29 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 323
Posted By midwest1
Re: Which number is a higher level of hyper

The higher number is 0.256, which in theory would indicate a lower degree of hyperT. But technically, there is scant difference between those numbers and would not produce an iota of difference...
Board: Thyroid Disorders 03-06-2015, 04:48 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 337
Posted By midwest1
Re: My endo refuses to order T3 labs

It's unclear what you need help with.
Just looking at lab results without any context doesn't reveal much.
Any symptoms? Taking any meds? Is it helping?
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