I'm new here but have been reading for awhile since a very good friend, who's a member here, told me about this site...She says there are ALOT of very well informed members here and especially about all these numbers...I've recently been DXed with Hypothyroidism...At my insistance, my Dr. ordered the Thyroid testing since we had tried everything else to find where all my many problems were steming from. He just ordered the usual ones and because I was insisting, he told me to just tell the girls in the Lab what others I wanted...Like Free T4, Free T3 and Antibodies....
Well I did this and they had to look up the FT4 in their huge books as they never do that...And they never found a FT3...said there wasn't one...I was livid because I knew from all my research that there was...but I finally got fed up and told them to just do what they could find of the ones I wanted....The FT4 and Antibodies would have to be sent out of town to be read...Good Grief!!! ...And they said...IF there is anyone that CAN read them...You can imagine how mad I was when I left there... I knew I wouldn't get all the info I needed without the Free T3 but maybe I could get "something"...and knew that I WILL be getting it myself one way or another...somewhere..lol
Anyway, here are what results I got back...My Dr only says that the TSH is a "tad" high but that's all....I think this says different but would like an experts (you guys
) opinion on that one...He put me on Synthroid 25mcg...I took it a total of 4 days. The 3rd day, my left arm went completely numb. Early the 4th day, about an hour after I had taken the Synthroid, my heart start pounding so horribly fast that I thought it was going to come out of my chest....Then it would take about an hours break from that now and then and during that time, I had lots of fluttering really bad...Plus, all day, I had this awful pressure over my heart area. I also got worse and worse as the day went on and that night...felt like I was going to crawl out of my skin or something..I was miserable...I know my BP had to of been thru the roof....BTW, I've always had very very low BP my entire life until right before we started trying to find out what is going on with me...Out of the blue, it was like 150/100...That was thru the roof for me....
I would have gone to the Dr during that awful day's happenings but I simply could not get out of bed...talk about a scary day and night....I didn't take another pill the next day...but slept the entire day away...finally after 2 days of no more pills, I felt back to the way I did before taking them...got to the Dr that day and he said to take no more and he was sending me to an Endo...Well, naturally I have no idea when I will be getting an appointment...the Endo is in a large town 2 hours away and when the Nurse called to make appointment and send my files, the Endo's nurse said that the Dr would have to look at my file and decide how soon he needs to see me...Sheesh!!! (I could have given him a hint) AND he was out of town until Oct 14.!!! I'm sure you know how thrilled I am over all this....The testings started like 2 months ago and finally after my insistance, we did the Thyroid testing and finally got some answers..
But now, I'm no better off than I was when I started...And from all I've read, I'm kind of dreading this Endo visit...So help me, if he gives me any problems or acts like I'm fine, I think I will most likely go balistic! I've had about all this monkeying around I can handle and I want to finally start doing something to feel better...I've had 0 energy in a year at least, not to mention ALL the other problems I'm having...All of which can be found in the Hypothyroidism symptoms....Shoot, some can even be found in the HYPER symptoms...So who knows..
But, I am hoping some of you ladies can help me out a little bit with understanding these numbers...I want to go to this Endo as well armed as possible and to sound like I know what I'm talking about when I see him....And also to know what to argue with him about if I'm not agreeing with what he says.....So any help will be much appreciated!!
Thanks to anyone who can help...Sorry this is so long but I just cannot seem to make short posts...There is just so much to say about this stuff...lol...
TSH 5.19 ------- 0.4-4.2
T4 8.15 ------- 4.2-12.0
TUptake 23.8 ------- 25.5-37.2
T7 1.94 ------- 1.07-4.46
FreeT4 0.91 ------- 0.78-2.19
Thyroglobulin Ab -------- 3.4 ----- 0.0-2.0
Thyroid Peroxidase ABs (TPO)----- 1.3 ---- 0.0-2.0
(under this TPO it says...This assay detects anti-TPO antibodies)
Does this make any sense to any of you ladies? And what would you do next if it were your results? Thanks for any and all help on this....
[This message has been edited by SueBdoo (edited 09-22-2003).]