I was wondering if someone would be kind enough to take a look at my test results and offer advice on what my next steps should be. First....just a little bit of history....
Went to see my PCP for a physical 2 weeks ago and she noticed that I have a enlarged thyroid gland. She wants me to get a sonogram of my thyroid. No problem there, but since then I have been researching like crazy and I'm surprised at how many of the symptoms I have that are related to Hypothyroid.
--Hair loss (this has been ongoing for the past 2 or 3 years)
--Inability to loose weight (I have gained 13lb over a 1 year time-span) and while I have been working out regularly and keeping track of my calories intake (I wrote down EVERYTHING for two months) I haven't lost a pound
--Insominia (I blamed on PMS)
--Muscle Weakness (sometimes my legs get really heavy....almost like I'm carrying them around with me instead of the other way around (best I can explain)
Well...I don't want to bore you, but I found this board about 1 week ago and I'm slowly working my way through the posts as well as the archives section which has lead me to call my PCP to get my bloodwork results. Looks like she tested for TSH, but not any of the others (FT4 or FT3) and I called to get the results back today for my tSH which see to be "normal". Here they go....
--1.231 in the Limits of 0.350-5.500
I haven't scheduled my follow-up with my PCP because I was thinking of waiting until after I get the sonogram completed, but now I'm wondering if I should go back sooner to have her test for the others....
I'd be very happy if my TSH were at that level.
But I think that reading on its own isn't all that helpful you need the Free t4 and probably the t3 as well.
Given all the symptoms you have you "could" be hypothyroid, but there are a lot of symptoms that cross over between various conditions.
See about getting a full thyroid blood testing - and ask what else the dr checked for.
You'll feel better once you get the sonogram done too.
I know it is frustrating, but educating yourself certainly helps - you'll know which questions you want to ask.
Good luck - and I hope those who are more expert chip in to give you some feedback. I've been hypo for a while, but have only recently started to really try and understand what is going on and how I can help myself feel better.
Thank you for your response. I thought my TSH was really good too. Right now I just need to get through the sonogram to see what's going on and hopefully find out why my thyroid is enlarged. It will be such a relief to just get the test done and over with. I'm so impatient when it comes to waiting around.