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Old 11-27-2006, 07:44 AM   #1
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New results but tired and breathless, help!

The last week I have been feeling increasingly tired and breathless. Thinking my TSH was screwy did some tests today and here are the results re: thyroid. Oh forgot to mention, I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism earlier this year ( Hashimotos, 900+ antibodies)

Free T4 1.46 ( range 0.93-1.7ng/dl)
Free T3 2.80 ( range 2.57-4.43 pg/ml)
TSH 3.52 ( range 0.27-4.2 uIU/ml) was 8.39, 2 months ago!
Vit B12 365.0 ( range 197-866pg/ml) was 451.3, 2 months ago!

Got my TSH to this level with 100mcg /day x 3 days and 75 mcg/day x 4 days for the last 20 days.

I realize my TSH could be lower but now I am thinking there are other issues going on as this last week I am increasingly tired and breathless.
My CBC said I have user defined abnormalities: eosinophilia and Anisocytosis
Eos .150 , RDW 14.8%

Any advice? Help!!

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Old 11-28-2006, 06:12 AM   #2
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Re: New results but tired and breathless, help!

I have no idea what the CBC results might mean, but it looks as if you would benefit from the addition of some T3. Your FT4 looks sufficient, but your FT3 is very low. You apparently don't convert well. The high-normal TSH suggests you need more medicine, and is the likely reason for your fatigue.

Old 12-05-2006, 09:03 AM   #3
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Re: New results but tired and breathless, help!


I'm not sure about the thyroid levels, I 've had an under-active thyroid for 3 years but have only just started looking into the figures as I've been getting rather odd symptoms...

Is it better for the TSH to be at the lower end of the range? Mine is 1.76 but was 0.69 a few weeks ago!

Your B12 is quite low - take a look on the anemia board for more advice - mine has gone from 450 to 282 and now 423. I have been feeling really tired and breathless also!

Have you had your iron/ferritin levels checked?

Old 12-05-2006, 10:18 AM   #4
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Re: New results but tired and breathless, help!

Oh, I agree, have your iron levels checked. I'm anemic and get very out of breath when I walk up stairs. Now that the anemia is being treated the breathlessness is going away.

Old 12-05-2006, 10:58 AM   #5
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Re: New results but tired and breathless, help!

hi im kat from the uk
i had a very low iron count and my ferritin was 17 its took nearly a year to get my ferritin to get back to 48 i take a little bit of liquid iron every morning do you have any ideeas how long it should take to get the ferritin back it seems to me that my iron took a little time to get to 14 and it is always on 14 but the ferritin is really hard to up it do you have any good remedies to getting this ferritin bac up and ythe quikest way???? also they dont do my b12 etc i will ask them my hair was awfull and still is thin does this improve when you get your ferritin 70 and up or does it never recover?????? love from katxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx x

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I really don't know how long it would take to get ferritin levels back up, mine have gone from 12 to 29, 33 and now back down to 30. I've been taking 200mg of Ferrous Sulphate a day for 6 months now....

I really hope that hair does improve with higher iron levels - I keep being told I am now in a "normal" range so they are not really interested in helping me, even though I still have bad symptoms

I would surely get your B12 checked too - Good Luck !

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