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Old 12-10-2004, 04:57 AM   #1
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results help please ??

My results ( so far ) any ideas on what this means , my err GP says i'm normal

TSH - 0.74 mU/L referange range 0.35-4.50

Cholestrol ( total) 4.0 mmoL/L desirable range up to 5.2

Any ideas ??? ( I feel rather bad seeing doctor on monday )

Thanks Sara xx
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Old 12-10-2004, 04:59 AM   #2
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Re: results help please ??

forgot to say , I have hasi and had half my thyroid removed 6 months ago ..

sara xx
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Old 12-10-2004, 07:30 PM   #3
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Re: results help please ??

Dear Sara, I'm not gonna be any help with the thyroid bit because I only see that your results seem to be in the normal range. For TSH, in U.S. it's measured in uIU/mL, but the magnitude of the numbers seems about right--e.g., my TSH was always between say 1.25 and 2.00, with a reference range of .47 - 5.01 for our particular lab (and I never had any symptoms of hypo or hyper), so it looks like the same units as UK. So on paper, your TSH appears to be "normal". But apparently "normal" for one person could cause symptoms in another person. Are you taking thyroid hormone? Maybe too much? I just want to be encouraging, you will recall that my problem was nodules, not thyroid dysfunction as such. So this isn't really my area, but you were so helpful to me I just want to let you know I'm here & interested in what happens. I assume the dr you are seeing MOnday is an endocrinologist--he should work with you to find out what the deal is... Regarding cholesterol--I think UK units & US units are different--cholesterol is measured here in mg/dL & under 200 is considered "desirable". I do know something about this--total cholesterol levels can vary all over the place, and generally higher cholesterol is considered "bad" because of correlation with coronary artery disease. But (a)cholesterol is made of "bad" cholesterol & "good" cholesterol & triglycerides & in order to know what is really going on in there you need what is called a lipid panel which measures all these components & their relative amounts, and (b) you can't feel your cholesterol, which is why it's insidious & they like to measure it. If your total was "high", they would undoubtedly want the more detailed test. There are various ways to achieve a more desirable profile, first diet & exercise & then various drugs. This is probably a GP issue, unless you have cardiovascular symptoms, & then you'd be referred to a cardiologist. Anyway, good luck & don't lose that wonderful spirit!

Old 12-11-2004, 12:32 AM   #4
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Re: results help please ??

Hello Sara hun xxx good luck lm not feeling to good either

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Re: results help please ??

Sara, you haven't had enough tests for anyone to say you're "normal". Your TSH is in the "normal" range, but that's obviously not good enough... you still feel bad. What dose are you on now? It likely isn't enough, or else you need some T3 with it.

You've seen us say it a thousand times, I'm sure. You need your free Ts tested. But I know that's almost impossible in the UK. I hope you can navigate your way around your medical system and get the treatment you need.
Feel better soon, friend.

Edited to add.... Superstring, you do know pretty much about high cholesterol... but do you know that hypothyroidism is the second leading cause of high LDL, after poor diet? And if it's caused by hypoT, all the lifestyle changes in the world won't help. (I know first hand!) It takes the right amount of thyroid hormone to stand a chance toward lowering it.
Statin drug makers all recommend thyroid testing before their "drugs" are prescribed, but they don't tell you that the risk of statin-induced muscle damage is several times higher in untreated hypothyroid people than in the general population.

Last edited by midwest1; 12-11-2004 at 06:15 AM.

Old 12-11-2004, 07:51 AM   #6
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Re: results help please ??

Midwest , thanks so much for all the info , thanks for taking the time to
write back to me .. I AM going to see my specialist ( PRIVATE ) so I
can have the blood tests I want .. I am taking 100 mcg of thyroxine ..
Doesn't the word 'normal' make you feel angry

Superstring , big thanks to you to for taking the time to write to me .
I really appreciate it , I really do

Niecsey , sorry to hear your not feeling to well either
{{{{{{{{ hugs to you }}}}}}

Once again thank you to everyone for the kind words , you lot are great

Sara xx
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