Originally Posted by Anxious Annie
...I asked my doctor for a full thyroid panel the other day....when I got the results in the mail last night, first off, I see that she only did the TSH...on a scale between like 0.5 and 5, I was at 3.4 which I am assuming is okay????
It's really frustrating, Annie, I know. I too had to pull teeth to get anything more than a TSH test done and it also came back in the 'normal' range my lab uses (4.3).
From what I've gathered doctors only order the other tests when your TSH comes back high or low (i.e. not normal). The problem is the range that the lab is using is pretty out of date. The American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists has changed the recommended range for what is considered normal - it's now .3-3; and even that is high, most people who have normal thyroid function have a TSH below 2 and closer to 1.
Your best bet might be to find a naturopath or specialist who is willing to treat you based on your symptoms. I would pester my doctor for more tests, or find another doctor. You need to have your Free T3 and T4 numbers for a better understanding of what is happening. You also should have your antibodies tested to rule out autoimmune thyroid disease.
Hang in there.