Originally Posted by ssmith1018
I told my doctor & he agreed that I have the symptoms of a hypothyroid. The blood test came back O.K. I asked if there was another test, he said no. Can someone give me some advise?
Yours is not an uncommon story, ssmith, many of us have had similar conversations with our doctors. "Normal" simply doesn't apply when it comes to thyroid tests. What you need are the actual lab reports from those tests along with the ranges. If you post them here you'll get a lot of good advice. Your doctor probably only asked for a TSH test, which is pretty standard, but not very revealing. The range for this test used by many labs is outdated (usually .5-5.5) or thereabouts. The American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists recently recommended that this be changed to .2-2.5 and that anyone with a TSH above 2.0 with symptoms merits a trial of synthetic hormone.
The test you need to have done to help determine if you have a thyroid problem (and it sounds like you do) and which type you're dealing with are: Free T4, Free T3 and thyroid anitbodies. I would push for these from your doctor.
There are some posts in the Information Archive (first or second post on this board) on how to find good doctors and how to interview them. It would be a good place to start researching.