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Old 09-11-2004, 05:25 PM   #1
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Question My daughters' tsh

I never thought about the tsh,freet4, and freet3 until I discovered this thyroid board.

I have been a little worried about my daughter. She is twelve years old. I have noticed that when she wakes up in the morning to get ready for school she seems tired and not very motivated. She also does not eat very much but has a weight problem.

Last year she had a complete blood count. They checked only the tsh.
It was 1.97. They did not check the freet4 and freet3. I got a copy of her records to find out. The MD said that everything was okay. Now I know that only checking the tsh is not enough.

I think it would be best to get it checked again and also add the freet4 and freet3.

I was just wondering if you think tsh of 1.97 is okay for a 12 year old girl?
The rang is(0.49 -4.67).

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Old 09-13-2004, 04:50 PM   #2
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Re: My daughters' tsh

I'm not all that knowledgable about a child's TSH. I do know that it tends to be a bit higher than an adult's because they are still growing. So I would think that 1.97 is ok.
You are right to request free t3 and free t4. I think I would go all the way though and request antibodies testing too. Her TSH could be within range but if there are antibodies present, she could have been in a euthyroid state (hypothyroid with normal TSH levels) at the time of her last test. Or her ft3 and/or ft4 could be too low.
And please remember that the ranges docs and labs use are extremely controvercial. Don't allow anyone to not treat your daughter solely because her TSH is within range. Obiously something is not right. If her current doctor won't investigate and treat the symptoms, find another one.
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Re: My daughters' tsh

Thank you for your reply. I just don't understand why these doctors won't do the ft4 and ft3. That is so important. I am going to make sure she gets the works.

She is very scared of the needle. That's too bad!!

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