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Old 02-20-2008, 08:55 PM   #1
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i recently had a test done on my thyroid. the doctor said that it was normal, the problem is i have pretty much all the symptoms of hypothyroid disorder. i recently read a couple articles about newer guidelines for the diagnosis. i do not remember what these were and wondered if anyone had any info on this. i just want to start to feel better. please help.

 
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Re: help with understanding numbers

Most doctors test only TSH, and lots of times, they misinterpret the results. Most labs use a range broader than the .3-3.0 that the Amer. Assn. of Clinical Endos recommends. TSH alone is simply not a good enough indicator of anything, especially not when you have symptoms that are possibly thyroid-related.

Get a copy of the results from the test(s) you had. You have a right to that under federal law, so don't be embarrassed to ask for it. If you're comfortable posting the results with their lab reference ranges here, we can help you interpret what they mean.

If you had only the TSH test, start working up your gumption to ask for additional tests... namely another TSH, free T4, free T3, and TPO and Tg antibodies.

Good luck... Let us know!

 
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thanks for the help. i'm definitely going to ask for those tests.

 
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You're welcome. Let us know what happens, ok?

 
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