Thanks for the compliment!
No, I am not a doctor, nor have I ever played one on TV. I am just a patient who chooses to stay on top of my health by doing lots of research. I can comfortably say that I have done loads more research than most doctors on thyroid disorders, BUT, I don't have the schooling or training in biochemistry. I have thought about going to Med School, but being 33 years old with only a high school education and a family to support, I am afraid that may be only a dream.
I had numerous people help me get started on my quest who encouraged me to learn more and more, and in order to pass on their gift to me, here I am.
With your Total T4 rock bottom in the range and your Free T4 BELOW the range, it is apparent that you need a dose increase.
Your TSH is too high, supporting the fact that you need more thyroid meds.
Your T3 is in range, but this is fairly common. When we are low on T4, the body often adapts and compensates by converting as much of it to the more active T3 as possible so that we can still function and make the best use of what resources we have.
T Uptake is low-ish, which is about right, considering your low Free T4 and higher (though barely) Total T4. This means that thyroid binding proteins are hanging on to a good deal of your Total T4, so that not much of it is free for use.
I don't remember what meds you are on, but whatever you are on, you need more. If you aren't on meds, it is high time you started.
[This message has been edited by Meep (edited 08-09-2003).]