Welcome to the boards,
at 11 your TSH is high, and your T4 looks to be a bit low. I take it they didn't check your T3 free, they should have checked that as well. I believe by your results you are hypo. Did they put you on meds?
Yep, have heard of others complaining of symptoms like that, have you got any others, sometimes things you don't even realize could be caused by thyroid are. Check out the "Informative Archives" on this board and "lets post our stories here" both of these were started by Tree Frog, they have a lot of info, you may have to go to the 2nd page of posts to find them if they are not on the first page.
I do have other symptoms!
Weight I can't seem to loose
Trouble swallowing and sometimes a hoarse voice
My cholesterol is 255 irregardless of diet
Weakness in muscles sometimes tingling
Can't sleep through the night
And probably lots more...never really put that together with thyroid. I just thought my symptoms were part of a mid-life cycle.
What is the importance of T3, T4 and the TSH Ultra-Sens?
You have a lot of symptoms and should be on meds if you are not already.
T3 free and T4 free are the active thyroid hormones in the blood, you want to use these numbers when getting treatment, the TSH is put out by the pituitary and is telling what it thinks your thyroid is doing, so the "free" tests are much better tests to base treatment on. Not all doctors will agree, but they are the docs that are not up to date, if your doc is up to date he will treat by the other numbers not just the TSH.
I love your username. :smile: You mentioned dry eyes, well I had that problem for about 6 months and it cleared up after I changed medications, one with T3 in it. I am hypo and have been for over 6 years. There are a lot of different symptoms and everyone is different. Are you tired more lately? That has been my biggest symptom of all. Hope you feel better soon.
Oh boy cofeecup - check out the post called "trouble sleeping?"!!! Yes, I am finding out that we hypos do experience a lot of trouble sleeping just like what you are explaining - this is the first time in my life I've had this symptom!!! Your tests do look hypo and your symptoms certainly sound it. Is your doctor going to start you on medication? You wouldn't believe (as I didn't) how many things can be affected by your thyroid!
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Thanks! I am new to getting on meds. I haven't had to take any in my life...or maybe I have been too stubborn to acknowledge that I needed them. Do you have any wisdom on selecting a doctor, reg vs. specialist?
Free T3 and Free T4 are the active thyroid hormone in your blood, it is what is available to you, they both should be in the mid to upper range, that is where most people feel best, if they are too high or too low even by a small amount you can get symptoms and feel awful.
TSH really doesn't tell a lot about how your thyroid is functioning, the "free" tests tell how your thyroid is functioning and what amount of thyroid hormone your body is "running" on. There is more T4 than T3 but if your T3 is too low you won't feel well.
If you are on a T4 only med, your body is having to convert the T4 into T3, if for any reason your body can't do this than your T3 will be too low. Selenium is very important for thyroid health and helps your body convert the T4 into T3. Reasons you may be low on T3 can be from impaired liver function, alcohol, tylenol (too much), liver damage, and anything that is metabolized by your liver will impair the process of T4 converting to T3, also some people just don't seem to convert it well regardless and need a T4 T3 combo med.
Doctors...generally for a thyroid problem you will want an endocrinologist, they specialize in thyroid problems, sometimes you can get a good general MD who is very knowledgeable but not too often. I was diagnosed by an endo, the second one I saw, the first was not a good doc and didn't even search deeper into my problems, I left the 2nd endo for one that was better, he was good but busy and not very close, I now see a regular MD but she is very very knowledgeable about thyroid, listens well and spends more like 30 minutes with me instead of 5 or 10.
So you may have to search to find a doc that is best for you.
Yes you should watch with certain foods, like cauliflower, soy products and I know there are more, just can't think of them now, but check out the "informative archives" on this board, there is a lot of info on there about foods to avoid, vitamins to take etc.
Also, be sure to get some selenium and take at least 100mcg a day, it is essential for thyroid health.