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Old 02-19-2008, 11:10 AM   #1
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Low FT4 Low TSH, High T3 uptake, low cortisol ?diagnosis?

Hi - First time here - I am a 46 yo female.
In mid November, my body (mental/physical) seemed to shut-down, after a period of prolonged excessive stress. (I've added some s/s at end and will add more in next post, if needed).

I've always been a very energetic type person, and know something is seriously wrong right now...
I have s/s of both hypo and hyperthyroid...

IM Doctor is saying HYPERthyroid - (1st visit on Friday), but I'm thinking thyroid is screwed up secondary to adrenal or other problem...

Note - Low T4 is NOT consistent with HYPERthyroid.

1. How would you interpret these labs?
Adrenal fatigue? Poly-endocrine disorder?
Hyper thyroid? Hypo thyroid? Secondary Hypothyroid? Grave's or Hashimoto's? Other autoimmune disease?

T3 Uptake: High = 38 (Lab range =22.5-37.0).
FT4: Low = 0.9 (0.89-1.80)
TSH: Low= 0.299 (0.3-4.5)
Cortisol: Low= 8.5 (8.7-22.4)

Other Labs:
Testosterone 64.4 (normal upper limits)
Chemistry & Lipid Evaluation - WNL.
CBC with Diff - WNL H & H = 13.9/40.9, WBC slightly high = 9.56 (4.3-10.0),
Platelet = 320 (150-400), Bun/Creat = 16/0.7,

2. What "natural" or nutritional supplements and/or herbs would you recommend?I've always taken many vitamins, (High B, Mg+/Ca, Zinc, etc.) but obviously not helping enough now.

I planned to start 5 HTP, (instead of Lexapro the Doctor ordered) to try to increase serotonin levels and maybe something else that would help to increase my cortisol production and/or regulate my hormones?
Any suggestions?


3. What other lab work/tests would you recommend?

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BTW, I'm not on any thyroid or hormone meds.

I've been IDDM well controlled on insulin pump since age 12. (No known diabetic complications) - I'm a little thinner then I want to be, (probably b/c of my normally low carb diet and maybe b/c of decreased appetite) but weight is WNL.

Amongst a zillion other recent unwanted symptoms, I've had severe insomnia (fall asleep very easily but awaken in 2 to 4 hours) and severe hair loss and very dry/brittle hair and hirsutism for several months.

Tiredness (almost all the time) and almost constant anxiety, and mental fog is becoming the most debilitating symptoms. Recent blurred vision and poor nightime vision is also very annoying.

Also hard to handle temp changes, especially cold, (I wear sweaters here in FL when everyone else is wearing a tank top and shorts) and I don't seem to sweat anymore, Heat makes me dizzy, I'm often thirsty and drink alot (not in relation to BS), puffy eyes, temp 98.8-99.8, pulse 80-100 as usual, decreased appetite most of the time, but I force myself to eat anyway (healthy food), II'll add more info and s/s later....

Thanks for any info, help and suggestions you can offer

 
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Old 02-19-2008, 11:23 AM   #2
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Re: Low FT4 Low TSH, High T3 uptake, low cortisol ?diagnosis?

Looks like secondary hypothyroid with the low T4 and "hyperthyroid" low TSH. Your cortisol is low and you need to have a stimulation test to check for true addison's disease. With your hirsutism, have your estrogen levels checked and it wouldn't hurt to CT scan your adrenals to make sure there is not something growing on it to make the hair growth excessive. If your new doctor is worth anything, he'll think these are all within line related to your symptoms. It wouldn't hurt to test some of your other pituitary hormones as well to see if they are low also.

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Old 02-19-2008, 11:59 AM   #3
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Re: Low FT4 Low TSH, High T3 uptake, low cortisol ?diagnosis?

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It wouldn't hurt to test some of your other pituitary hormones as well to see if they are low also.
Agreed. The low TSH probably causes the low T4. Low ACTH (also from the pituitary) could be the cause behind low cortisol.

 
Old 02-20-2008, 07:04 AM   #4
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Low FT4 +TSH, low cortisol ? polyglandular autoimmune syndrome?

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Agreed. The low TSH probably causes the low T4. Low ACTH (also from the pituitary) could be the cause behind low cortisol.
I too keep thinking a malfunction of pituitary is contributing to my s/s and abnormal labs, but hope it is not.

I probably should have mentioned earlier that I currently (past 2 years since living in FL) do not have health insurance.
Here in FL as I self employed person, with a pre-existing condition (IDDM) it is impossible to get private ins. (even thought I've been very healthy my entire life).
I do not meet Medicaid guidelines (guidelines= only about 13K/year for family of 3), and of course do not meet M'care guidelines (disabled or over 65).

Lack of insurance is main reason I've waited so long (feeling terrible since mid- November) to seek formal/conventional medical help. I've been trying vitamin/nutrition/rest, tigher BS control, etc. without improvement.
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Back to diagnosis possibilities...
At the moment I believe I may have what's called "PGA-II", aka type II polyglandular autoimmune syndrome,
type II PGA, PGA syndrome type II, PGA-II syndrome, polyglandular failure syndrome...
"This syndrome consists of Addison disease plus either an autoimmune thyroid disease or type 1 diabetes mellitus...".

I do not have S/S of full blown Addison's, but hypocortisolism and several of my s/s support adrenal insufficiency/dysfunction.

- - The thyroid peroxidase test (only hormone test the doctor I saw Friday added) will probably confirm thyroid as "automimmune" disease. (I'll let you know when I get results).
I may add progesterone, since this contributes to cortisol production, etc.

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I'm hoping to find a way to determine pituitary function vs. dysfunction without expensive tests or CT scans, etc.
Most literature recommends "ACTH stimulation test", but I'm guessing, like a CT scan this would be very expensive (Anyone who knows approx. cost, please let me know).
Are there any inexpensive tests that can determine pituitary function?BTW, my Na+ and K+ (electrolytes) are WNL.

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I'm still hoping for suggestion on how to (naturally/affordably) get my cortisol level up, and maybe also calm down/regulate my thyroid.
Any suggestions?


I just added 5 HTP to vitamins I'm taking (to hopefully help the severe insomnia, anxiety, tremors, depression, etc.)...I considered taking Lexapro that the MD ordered, but fear it will further decrease my already generally poor appetite - (I need to eat healthy to help my body heal itself - plus I do not want to lose any weight).

I tried the Xanax she ordered, but it just made me go from feeling exhausted (no energy) to almost unable to stand-up or function - Did not help me to sleep - did not stop tremors/shakiness, just made me weaker and with worse "mental fog".

BTW the tremors/shakiness mostly occur between about 2am and 2pm - and almost always improve/resolve by late afternoon/eves.
I wish I could understand why ????
Go to sleep without tremors/shakiness (usually between 10 PM-12 mid) and always wake-up 2-3 hours later (1am-3am) with severe shaking/tremors, jittery/anxious, etc.

Obviously w/ all my unusual s/s I check my blood sugars first, especially when I'm feeling worse than usual.
(I check BS about 7-10 times/day, about every 2-3 hours ATC.)

None of the S/S I've been mentioning are in relation to low or high BS.
I've even resorted to using 2 different meters to verify BS results, since many S/S I have (shakiness, weakness, thirst, etc.) are common to high and/or low BS - Unfortunately BS's do not justify/explain S/S, (would be an easy dx and easy cure, if they did).
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Not having access to affordable healthcare is very frustrating - (certainly adds an external factor to my already anxious/depressed physical state).
I'm determined to get better ASAP-

BTW, I support both holistic/alternative health and mainstream medicine - - When s/s interefere with your lifestyle 24/7, and nutritional/lifestyle therapy is not helping, it's time for (expensive) conventional healthcare to step in...
But, solely because of lack of insurance/financial reasons,
I am restricted from having full access to the appropriate tests and specialists right now - -

Therefore, any suggestions for "natural" remedies, affortable/useful tests and/or educated guesses on most-likely diagnosis would be very helpful to me right now- thanks

 
Old 02-20-2008, 07:25 AM   #5
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Re: Low FT4 Low TSH, High T3 uptake, low cortisol ?diagnosis?

What about a simple ferritin test to see if you are anemic? It could explain some of the symptoms, not all. It could contribute to hair loss, being cold, bad sleep. Of course, it wouldn't contibute to low cortisol, anxiety, etc. But it could be a factor in part.

 
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Re: Low FT4 Low TSH, High T3 uptake, low cortisol ?diagnosis?

I would try to get to a thyroid saavvy DO that is willing to try a trial run of thyroid hormones given your apparent secondary hypoT condition. The high T3 Uptake happens in secondary hypoTs before complete thyroid failure. Your body is trying to save itself at the expense of cognitive function which T4 covers. T3 is needed for metabolism, temperature regulation and all the physical functions in your body. So when your T3 levels drop below X for you.. it causes the conversion process to kick into over drive. Another source for the high T4 to T3 conversion.. all those nice supplements you are taking. How many have potassium iodine in them or another iodine source. Too much iodine causes an increase in conversion.

Also the pituitary gland itself may be fine. I had the MRI and CTs done. No issues are apparent there in my pituitary gland.. however I am still secondary hypoT as are my mom and two aunts. Two of these have no thyroid to speak of.. but they do have thyroid antibodies for Graves and Hashi's. recent studies are showing that the trend in hashi's patients to stay in the normal TSH range are linked to a binging effect the antibodies can have with the pituitary glands receptors. As a resutl the pituitary gland sits idle thinking all is well while the thyroid is systematically slaughtered and your body cries for more hormone.

So given your information and if the TPOAb comes back positive.. fight for treatment now for secondary hypoT and Hashimoto's.. that would fix the pituitary issue if all is fine. What are all the supplements you are taking at this time?

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Old 02-20-2008, 10:20 AM   #7
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"Secondary Hypo",Low TSH, Low cortisol...I'm so confused

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I would try to get to a thyroid saavvy DO that is willing to try a trial run of thyroid hormones given your apparent secondary hypoT condition. The high T3 Uptake happens in secondary hypoTs before complete thyroid failure. Your body is trying to save itself at the expense of cognitive function which T4 covers. T3 is needed for metabolism, temperature regulation and all the physical functions in your body. So when your T3 levels drop below X for you.. it causes the conversion process to kick into over drive. Another source for the high T4 to T3 conversion.. all those nice supplements you are taking. How many have potassium iodine in them or another iodine source. Too much iodine causes an increase in conversion.

Also the pituitary gland itself may be fine. I had the MRI and CTs done. No issues are apparent there in my pituitary gland.. however I am still secondary hypoT as are my mom and two aunts. Two of these have no thyroid to speak of.. but they do have thyroid antibodies for Graves and Hashi's. recent studies are showing that the trend in hashi's patients to stay in the normal TSH range are linked to a binging effect the antibodies can have with the pituitary glands receptors. As a resutl the pituitary gland sits idle thinking all is well while the thyroid is systematically slaughtered and your body cries for more hormone.

So given your information and if the TPOAb comes back positive.. fight for treatment now for secondary hypoT and Hashimoto's..(bold added) that would fix the pituitary issue if all is fine.
What are all the supplements you are taking at this time?

MG
Very interesting, thanks for the detailed explanation and quick response.
In response to some of your questions-
First a detail, (may or not be significant) - I am allergic to iodine therefore cannot eat any shellfish, etc. I do eat other fish, about 1x/week.

[BSurprisingly, ]K+ and other lytes/chemistries all WNL last week.[/B]
(Only thyroid and cortisol abnormal - see my 1st post for results).

Some examples...
K+ = 4.2 (Lab range 3.4-5.2)
Na+ = 141 (132-146)
Calcium = 9.5 (8-10.4)
BUN/CR = 28/16
Iron = 59 (28-170)


In answer to Sue (prior post) - CBC basically ok (all WNL), I wasn't tested for ferritin or B12, but I'll guess probably ok.

H & H = 13.9/40.9 RBC = 4.58 (Norm = 3.8-5.0), WBC high normal = 9.56
Segs high normal = 69.9, lymphs low normal = 22.3...


I'll post all chem/cbc w/ diff if you need, but actually this is the best (most normal) lab results I've ever had in my lifetime - I was very surprised -

Regarding vitamins I take daily at present-Nothing major, just more than I used to take over past years...

Vitamin/Supplements:
- B 100 1-2x/day + extra Biotin 1000 (for hair).
- General high potency multivits 1 x/day, sometimes 2x/day.
(Depending on brand multivit I take, one bottle does include K+/iodine, but it's at a very low dose).
- Ca+/Mg/Zinc = 1000/500/50
- St. John's Wort 0.3% = 2 tabs 2-3x/day.
- I just started 5 HTP 100mg 2x/day.

I've tried some herbs, over past 6 mos-year (eg. Black Cohosh, Saw Palmetto, Gingko etc.) but due to intolerance (GI) I'm not taking any extra herbs now, except St. Johns Wort.

Questions:
I'm still so mixed up with this "secondary and/or hypo/hyper - thyroid" thing...

1. Doctor was talking about med RX for HYPERthyroid, to kill the thyroid
but sounds like you all think I should be treated as (secondary) HYPOthyroid, and add thyroid (T3/T4).
??????

Since I have s/s of both hypo and hyper, would adding thyroid (hypo tx) help stabilize, or will it make some symptoms worse?

2. Should I be careful to avoid all food/supplements that contain K+ and/or iodine, or should I be adding more, or change nothing?

Plus, Should I eat -or- avoid "goitergenic" foods?
(eg. brussels sprouts, cauliflower, broccoli)

4. Could the hypo/low cortisol (adrenal) be causing or maybe confusing the thyroid symptoms/results all together?

5. How can I increase my cortisol levels to normal?

6. Will straightening out thyroid help me to think clearly (focus) again?

7. Different topic, but will hypo thyroid tx stop my hair from falling out and being severely dry, or could it make it worse?

May sound trivial/vain, but pouring oils/conditioners and picking up falling out hair, every single day, is driving me nuts!
My whole life, my hair (thick & healthy) and eyes, were probably my best features - so I feel really really ugly now -with puffy eyes and brittle thin hair. If I keep losing hair at this rate, - I'm afraid I'll be bald within next few months- Also keeps clogging up vacuums, drains, etc.

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I think my body and s/s are very weird/unusual -
I hope this all makes sense to someone -

I'm beyond exhausted/stressed/brain drain, now, trying to figure this out-

I feel like I'm making myself worse researching all this stuff, but know I have to keep trying,
so I can get better as fast as possible/ and to avoid any mis-guided tx's - it seems some doctors prescribe (based on some posts I've been reading), and based on my unpleasant visit last week with new doctor (Internal Medicine).

THANKS AGAIN, FOR ALL THE INFO AND HELP!

 
Old 02-23-2008, 04:24 AM   #8
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Please review: Thyroid Peroxidase 4,425, repeat Cortisol 5.5

More info -Yesterday's lab results...
Thyroid Peroxidase: Very High = 4,425 (four thousand, four hundred and twenty-five.. ) Lab normal = 0-60

Repeat Cortisol (eve) Lower= 5.5 Lab Normal = 8.7-22.4)

Seems to support autoimmune thyroid disease (? secondary hypothyroidism + Hashimotos w/ adrenal insufficiency...?


Can someone please tell me how serious or urgent a thyroid peroxidase of 4,425 and cortisol of 5.5 is?


I'm feeling worse - Developed ataxia (difficulty walking/coordination past few days) - Still severe insomnia despite trying Xanax, MD ordered last week and still feeling very tired all the time.
Vision seems worse (blurry) - although some of this s/s worsening could simply be due to prolonged sleep deprivation (and new added stress trying to obtain access to info and medical care).

A couple more MD's refused to make appt b/c "no insurance" (of course I offered to pay cash) - - endo's won't schedule without referral + no endo's in area have appt's avail until April.

Any help with determining diagnosis and how I can treat myself in meanwhile while I'm battling (sarcasm) to be given the right to access to conventional medical care, would be appreciated.

I may have to go back to IM doc I saw last week, who I didn't like or trust -

She wanted to treat me for hyperthyroidism with methamiazole..
with new peroxidase test results, and my sympt of both hypo and hyperthyroid prove/supports she (MD) has no clue how to treat this disorder/syndrome I seem to have.

Help! (please)

 
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Re: Low FT4 Low TSH, High T3 uptake, low cortisol ?diagnosis?

Sounds like Hashimoto's because of the elevated thyroid peroxidase. I hear a lot on this board that many hashi's sufferers begin with a state of hyper symptoms. That seems to be the "beginning", if you will. It may also be worthwhile for you to have the Grave's antibodies tested, TPI I think, just to see if you may have both processes going on, hashi's and Graves, it is a possibility.

You sound very intelligent and have a good understanding and handle on your health. Sometimes these disorders have to "unfold", and believe me, it is extremely disconcerting for a while. I went through the hyper phase and I know how scary it is. I am confident that you will find your answers and treatment soon.

 
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Re: Low FT4 Low TSH, High T3 uptake, low cortisol ?diagnosis?

TSI and TRAb are the Graves antibodies.

Check the Armour thyroid database for a family practioner or IM near you. The previous IM was trying to treat you with incomplete information. Always dangerous, but now you know you have Hashi's the treatment is standard. Your other IM should be able to help you, but those off of the Armour thyroid database may be more thyroid savvy. Selenium will help bring the antibodies down. I didn't see a ferritin test. Your iron could be a bit higher and low ferritin is known for hair loss. There is adrenal support for the cortisol and adrenal issues. You need medication at least 50 mcgs of synthroid. They will treat your condition give the low Fts and TPOAbs.

You might want to look into Hashimoto's Encephalopathy as well. It is looking more and more like I may have this and it impairs vision can impair motor control and much more. Main treatment is short term high dose steriod treatment. If I come back positive for HE.. I thank my allergist for giving me scripts for 10 mg of prednisone to take for 3-5 day periods when my flares were the worst. I would probably be a lot worse off now with out it. My TPOAb are only 1695. Yours at 4000+ scare me.

Good Luck and keep us posted.
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Re: Low FT4 Low TSH, High T3 uptake, low cortisol ?diagnosis?

Thanks MKG for refreshing my bad memory on the Graves antibody test. I was going to order this test myself online but it is much more expensive than the other antibody tests.

 
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Re: Low FT4 Low TSH, High T3 uptake, low cortisol ?diagnosis?

Sparkie,

In addition to price.. Graves antibody tests are not as accurate as the Hashi's ones. It is more accurate to diagnose via an iodian uptake scan.

TSI has a 70-75% positive ID rate.. which means 30-25% are falsely negative.
TRAb has a 60% positive ID rate.. which means 40% are falsely negative.

Graves can be hard to diagnose early as a result.

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Re: Low FT4 Low TSH, High T3 uptake, low cortisol ?diagnosis?

Can you tell me the difference between Synthroid and Levoxyl for treating hypothryroidism?

 
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Re: Low FT4 Low TSH, High T3 uptake, low cortisol ?diagnosis?

Just the names and a few fillers. They are both T4 only supplements.

Official FDA ingrediant information:
Synthroid:
Active Ingredients

Synthroid (levothyroxine sodium tablets, USP) contain synthetic crystalline L-3,3',5,5'-tetraiodothyronine sodium salt [levothyroxine (T4) sodium]. Synthetic T4 is identical to that produced in the human thyroid gland.
Inactive Ingredients
Acacia, confectioner's sugar (contains corn starch), lactose monohydrate, magnesium stearate, povidone, and talc. There are various color additives by tablet.

Levoxyl:
Active Ingredients:

Levoxyl (levothyroxine sodium tablets, USP) contain synthetic crystalline L-3,3',5,5'-tetraiodothyronine sodium salt [levothyroxine (T4) sodium]. Synthetic T4 is identical to that produced in the human thyroid gland.
Inactive Ingredients:

Microcrystalline cellulose, croscarmellose sodium and magnesium stearate. There are various color additives by tablet.

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Re: Low FT4 Low TSH, High T3 uptake, low cortisol ?diagnosis?

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I would try to get to a thyroid saavvy DO that is willing to try a trial run of thyroid hormones given your apparent secondary hypoT condition. The high T3 Uptake happens in secondary hypoTs before complete thyroid failure. Your body is trying to save itself at the expense of cognitive function which T4 covers. T3 is needed for metabolism, temperature regulation and all the physical functions in your body. So when your T3 levels drop below X for you.. it causes the conversion process to kick into over drive. Another source for the high T4 to T3 conversion.. all those nice supplements you are taking. How many have potassium iodine in them or another iodine source. Too much iodine causes an increase in conversion.

Also the pituitary gland itself may be fine. I had the MRI and CTs done. No issues are apparent there in my pituitary gland.. however I am still secondary hypoT as are my mom and two aunts. Two of these have no thyroid to speak of.. but they do have thyroid antibodies for Graves and Hashi's. recent studies are showing that the trend in hashi's patients to stay in the normal TSH range are linked to a binging effect the antibodies can have with the pituitary glands receptors. As a resutl the pituitary gland sits idle thinking all is well while the thyroid is systematically slaughtered and your body cries for more hormone.

So given your information and if the TPOAb comes back positive.. fight for treatment now for secondary hypoT and Hashimoto's.. that would fix the pituitary issue if all is fine. What are all the supplements you are taking at this time?

MG
This is a little off topic (SORRY!) - but can you recommend a "Thyroid savvy DO in Chattanooga? I haven't been able to find a good thyroid doc yet and I've been to about six different doctors now"

Thanks
Tanya

 
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