To anyone who thinks they may have thyroid problem
If you feel you have a thyroid problem but your tsh is in "normal" range ask your doctor to test you thyroid antibodies! In recent studies Ive read if your thyroid antibodies are too low or too high thats the first indication of your thyroid going into problems. Most doctors think the tsh is the golden standard to treat patients. I felt horriable for two years, the doctors kept telling me it was stress and anxiety. They gave me zoloft and sent me on my merry way. I was miserable! Finally when a small goiter appeared on my neck and my tsh was in "normal range" a doctor tested my thyroid antibodies and they where off the chart three times the amount they should of been! First I had thyroiditits which later turned into Graves.
You know your body more than anyone and you have to find a doctor who will listen to you and be willing to do certain tests. Hey your paying for it anyway! I read a study that said women who's antibodies where low but had a normal tsh where twice as likely to have problems getting pregnant or for miscarriage. Some doctors will prescribe a very small dosage of thyroid hormone and it helps the women feel better.
Many doctors now say a womens thyroid function (tsh)should be between 1 and 2. I recently went to the doctor for fatigue, anxiety, depression, acid reflux, being cold, heart palpatations and upset stomach. all the test came back normal, but i asked what was my tsh? The nurse said oh its only 4.9...For me thats going hypo! So once I pointed that out she told the doc and they upped my synthroid! Hopefully I will start to feel better, two months ago it was at a 2.22 and I said i though it was rising. Two months before that my tsh was a .9 see the pattern? Its important to keep a log of your test levels so you can go back and check them and see if they are moving up or down. You feel great get a thyroid panel done so you can see the numbers , write them down so you know, these are good thyroid numbers for me so you know the next time your not feeling well you can get a test and see how off you are.
Be proactive with the docs, sometimes things are over looked!