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Old 11-27-2004, 06:05 AM   #1
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drs say this is normal

I have had two blood tests one back in June and one in October of this year.

Both including a test for thyroid. This were the results.

June TSH 2.51
October TSH 2.68

Is this normal the Dr's say this is fine and to go away as nothing is wrong with me.

 
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Re: drs say this is normal

That's right!!! Not enough testing.
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Re: drs say this is normal

I wouldn't jump to any conclusions just yet. A TSH in that range is found in people without thyroid disease. In fact there are people who feel fine, with a TSH higher than that.

Depends on symptoms. Are you having several of the symptoms common to hypothyroidism? If that is the case, and your Doctor is not pointing to other causes, then it may be prudent to test further for thyroid disease.

The TSH test is an appropriate inexpensive first line screening test. But it is not definitive. If you do have such symptoms, the next step would be to test Free T4 and Free T4. Those are the definitive thyroid hormones.

If a diagnosis of hypothyroidism is confirmed, then you need further information to help you manage the disease, at which time TPO antibodies and TG antibodies should be tested.
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Old 11-27-2004, 04:25 PM   #4
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Re: drs say this is normal

well... my dr said that i have all the symptoms of one of the thyroid problems but she never told me which one. she took a blood test and said it was normal and to go back when i feel sick to get it re-taken.

 
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Re: drs say this is normal

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well... my dr said that i have all the symptoms of one of the thyroid problems but she never told me which one. she took a blood test and said it was normal and to go back when i feel sick to get it re-taken.

In the presence of symptsom, your doc should have taken more labs. I woudl insist on a more complete lab workup of Free T3, Free T4, and TSH as well as Thyroglobulin antibodies and Thyroid Peroxydase antibodies before anything definitive can be diagnosed or ruled out. TSH, by itself means VERY little, though doctors have been taught otherwise for many years.
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