Originally Posted by ErinBeth
Read this board awhile and you'll learn "normal" isn't really always normal for you.
It would help people comment on that if you would post those lab results. Be sure to include the lab range for the FT4. Labs use different ranges.
So, your symptoms are red and irritated eyes, low blood sugar, fatigue and weakness in the morning? I can say that I had trouble with watering eyes and my left eye seemed to get tired and achey easily. That all started happening about 18 years ago and finally seems to have stopped when I get closer to a TSH of 1. Fatigue and weakness are classic symptoms of thyroid disorder, of course. I don't know about low blood sugar or if I have ever had that.
The symptoms can vary. Thyroid hormone or lack of it affects every cell in the body. We find, not only can the symptoms be many and varied, but they keep changing. You need the labs plus the symptoms to diagnose.
Thanks ErinBeth, Here are the latest values:
Insulin Fasting...3 (<17)
Ultra Sen TSH....91 (.47-6.9)
Fasting Glucose...89 (70-110)
Glucose 1 hr....126
Glucose 2 hr...103
4/26/07: I ordered my own antibodies testing online.
TPO: <10 range: 0-34
Antithyroglobulin: <20 range: 0-40
I went back to my PCP earlier than scheduled..on May 25th and told him about the blood sugar problem. I also told him that I am NOT depressed, but only upset about not feeling well... The depression is a symptom..not a cause! I explained about the eyes, drowsiness and told him I think all the symptoms are from secondary hypo and that a pituitary problem would actually fit all my symptoms. By the way I really should add low body temp and blood pressure (90/55 to 60) to the symptom list as well.
See this post for the long story:
He reiterated that he didn't want to treat the lack of periods and menopausal issues. He said he would work on the constipation and fatigue/blood sugar. He also suggested I see an Endo, which I had already in February and will return once again in June <sigh>. Then he lowered my effexor to "fix" the fatigue and brain fog, told me to take the max dose on the prescription for constipation, said he didn't need to do FT3 since my last TSH was normal and stated there are no specific blood tests for pituitary problems. Oh yeah he also did blood work to measure my blood glucose over time: AC1?? and a cholesterol panel (which by the way was borderline high last time: 207). I left frustrated because I noticed that instead of checking off his usual depression on my paper he now checked general anxiety/panic disorder...grrr.
Thank you for all your help and yes, I will keep searching until I feel better.