Hope you don't become too exasperated with me, and start to become convinced I must be dense! I've been TRYING to learn. But I'm taking crash courses in more than one medical subject at a time, with no real scientific inclination (I'm a musician and a "professional mom", chief cook and bottle washer, for crying out loud!). I'm way out of my league. So.... I decided to post Trav's latest (Sept. 7) thyroid labs here for your purusal and comment:
T3 UPTAKE 38 Range (24-35)
TSH 1.31 Range (0.35 - 5.50
T4 (THYROXINE) 10.5 Range (4.5 - 12.5)
To little ole me, his T3 and T4 look rather high, which would indicate hyperthyroidism. Yet, if that were true, why isn't his TSH very LOW? And this is confusing from a different aspect, as on his prior tests (from 2002 - 2004) his TSH kept going UP. We started at .7, went to 1.27 and then to 1.927. I thought I would see it up even higher on this last test, but it went back down instead! I'm sure we have different amounts of TSH on different days, but this blew MY theory that he might be becoming hyPOthyroid. His antibodies were not measured this time around, but in May 2004 they were 30 out of a range whose upper limit was 34. So he was within range for these, but toward the higher end. Anyone vote for Hashimoto's? Is that the one where you an go from hyper to hypo? This might explain the varying results. But the endo didn't think much of these results, seeing that the T3 uptake was the only number out of range. (To his defense, he didn't have the old labs in hand; we got slipped in suddendly to a cancellation slot, so didn't have time to do the necessary preparation we usually would have done.). Was tested by ACTH stim test for adrenal difficulties. Will find out sometime within the next two weeks. Thanks much for anything you can say. I own and am reading two or three thyroid books, but sometimes I cannot find the answers to my questions, even though they may be burried somewhere in the texts!