Hello again. I had a thyroid sonogram and a thyroid uptake test done
and they both came back normal.
My antibody test was 52 with 0-34 being normal. My other blood tests
were in the normal range and posted previously (TSH was 2.884 with
normal range 0.350-5.500). I have multiple hypothyroid symptoms and
have had for a very long time.
Can people who have normal scans and sonograms be thyroid deficient?
I believe in my other post people responded that the antibody result
together with my symptoms should merit treatment. My concern is that
when my doctor gets the results tomorrow, she will not treat.
I wouldn't worry too much about the negative scan and ultrasound. Actually, I would be happy. Sure, it would be nice for something to show up that would incontrovertably prove to the doctors that you aren't crazy, but just be glad that it didn't come back with a horribly suspicious nodule that would require biopsy or surgery. Just because there isn't a nodule doesn't mean it's working properly, it just means that you can rule out some stuff.
TSH 2.884 (0.350-5.500 normal)
Free T 2.8 (1.2-4.9 normal)
Thyroid Antiobodies: Positve at 52 (0-34 normal)
These tests indicate that you are hypoT. Your FT4 is low, most people feel best when their FTs are in the upper 3rd of the range, and the others, well, the TSH is high and you are positive for antibodies.
Best of luck today (or tomorrow!).
A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds.
Your TSH is considered to be high by the latest AACE standard, and your free T4 is low-"normal". The lowish FT4 is no doubt contributing to your symptoms. Most people need their free hormones to be in the upper third of the normal range before they feel well. Do your best to also have a free T3 test performed; if it's also low, that will give you more ammunition for treatment.
With FT4 that low, TSH that high, antibodies, and symptoms, an informed doctor would give you a trial of thyroid hormone. If yours won't, please seriously consider finding one who will.
Thank you all for your responses and wonderful advice. It is always good to speak with people who have gone down this road.
I have not heard back yet from the doctor but hope to soon. I pray that I can get treated so I don't have to go through this over and over again with other doctors. It seems that getting thyroid disorders diagnosed is as difficult as getting Lyme disease diagnosed. Definitely, an exhausting process.
Question for all of you. When you have your thyroid test done is it a fasting test? I am asking because I have been on 120mg of Armour Thyroid for a couple years. My yearly test came up and they drew blood called me 2 days later and said my THS was low and they need to increase my dosage to 150mg. Just curious about what anyone can tell me. I don't hear of alot of people on Armour Thyroid.
... When you have your thyroid test done is it a fasting test? I am asking because I have been on 120mg of Armour Thyroid for a couple years. My yearly test came up and they drew blood called me 2 days later and said my THS was low and they need to increase my dosage to 150mg.
I take Armour. In general, the TSH is irrelevent to dosage, because it often becomes suppressed with Armour treatment... and that's OK. It's far better to use free T4 and free T3 as guidelines; these thyroid hormones optimally should be in the upper part of their lab ranges, neither too high nor too low.
But if your doctor does go by TSH, your question then is confusing. Dosage is increased if TSH is high, not low. Do you have your lab results that we can look at? The more important question is - Did you feel well at 120 mg?
Edited to add ... The test doesn't have to be done fasting, but it's best not to take your Armour before the blood draw... Wait till after. The results for the free hormones can look artifically high if the med is taken within 6-8 hours before the draw.