The key thing is your symptoms - if you have problems, complain about them until the doctor addresses them to your satisfaction. And always take your body's word for it and not theirs. Tests are the biggest thing doctors use to talk people out of thinking they have a problem. Of course, most doctors don't know the right tests to order, or how to read their tests.
To wit, your doctor. These tests are the old anachronistic thyroid panel, which is largely useless. You want Free T3, Free T4, and TSH.
But we can tell a little something by these numbers if we guessed.
Free Thyroxine or the FTI is calculated by multiplying the Total T4 by the T3 uptake %. Elementally these tests can only really hint at what your true condition is, by giving us a calculated , and therefore not necessarily 100% accurate approximation of your available T4.
The story is incomplete here. We need to see measures of FREE T3 and FREE T4 (note FREE and not the absence of the word or TOTAL) to really get a better idea of your health.
Insist on those tests and don't stop until you get them. You want Free T3, Free T4, TSH, and thyroid antibodies. As far as these tests go, I can't really point out any problems in how I read them - I would call you perfect by these measures. But then again, I don't trust these measures.
Originally posted by kcgal: |
T3 Updake 34.70 Range 24.4-39.1
Thyroxine (T4) 9.5 Range 6.5-10.5
Free Thyroxine 10.4 Range 6.0-11.4
3rd Generation TSH 1.110 Range .35-5.50