Originally Posted by crazyabout blue
Her doctor said that her thyroid level is at borderline. She has been feeling sluggish, no energy. What can she do to help her feel energize besides exercise and eating nurtiental food. Her doctor didnt say anything else.
Blue "borderline" is like "normal" when it comes to thyroid - it doesn't exist. It's likely your moms doctor only tested her TSH levels (usually the first course of action) and they came back "borderline" - well most labs are using old antiquated ranges these days. You need to know what her actual test score was and what the range the lab was using was (most ranges look something like .4-5.5). The Amercian Associtation of Clinical Endos has recently suggested that the range for TSH be changed to .3-2.5 and that anyone with a TSH of 2 or higher with symptoms be given a trial dose of synthetic T4.
If she or the doctor suspect there might be a problem with thyroid fucntion the next course should be to test actual thyroid homrones (TSH is a pituitary hormone). YOu want these tests: Free
T3 and antibodies (to rule out autoimmune thyroid disease). Both FT4 and FT3 levels should be in the upper part of the range, this is where women feel best. For example, my TSH is just above the 'range' and my FT4 is in the range but low, near the bottom, and I am hypoT. Just a few weeks of treatment has helped me immensely - but finding a doctor who believed me was not easy. You'll find this is often the case. Doctors just don't seem to have caught on when it comes to Thyroid.
If you look through the information archive on the board you'll find posts on how to find good doctors, which books you should read, what supplements can help and which foods to avoid. It would be a good place to start.