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Old 08-08-2008, 04:12 PM   #1
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Question I Could Really Use Some Advice.

I haven't posted in a long time, but lately things have been a little strange. We recently moved, and I have seen a new PCP. He said during his interview that he wouldn't use lab numbers, but go by the way I feel...but guess what! I got a card in the mail with my test results (requested by me because of sudden weight gain 12lbs in three weeks, hair falling out, fingernail loss and general fatigue). The note on it said to "continue on current meds" (137mcg Levothyroxine daily). I had a TT four years ago, and not felt healthy since the surgery. My latest labs read as follows:
TSH<0.01 range 0.34-5.6
FT4 1.04 range 0.58-1.64
Those were the only tests requested by the Doctor's office. I recently tried to give blood and they had to use a centrifuge to get a reading barely above the "anemic" level. What can I ask the Doctor to do? I am sooooo tired of being tired.

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Old 08-10-2008, 07:24 AM   #2
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Hi sammy

I'd be curious what your ferritin & b12 are like ?? If they are low, or barely in range, it can make us very too. I can see where your T4's need some work as they are NOT quite mid-range. What are your T3's like?
he wouldn't use lab numbers, but go by the way I feel...but guess what
My D.O. (osteopathic) said that too. I was bouncing for JOY at the time, but less than a year later ,,, I just fired him after feeling like his Summer Science Project.

So if you can't nudge this Doc to HELP you MORE, I'd say its time to go Dr shopping.

I know how depressing that *IS*, as I'm about to start with my 5th Dr in 2.5+ years time <<~s-sigh!

Old 08-11-2008, 01:32 PM   #3
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Re: I Could Really Use Some Advice.

Dear Suey,
He has not done any other tests than those listed. What should I ask for? His nurse may be willing to get orders for more tests.

Old 08-11-2008, 04:35 PM   #4
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Re: I Could Really Use Some Advice.

it definitely sounds like you need more testing. get assertive with your doc or find a new one. the aforementioned b12 and ferritin are good ideas, but also a free t3 would be nice. but even your levels they did draw are on the low end of normal and also abnormal.

what i dont understand is, if he doesnt go by bloodwork and goes by how you feel instead, why isnt he increasing your meds based on your fatigue and other hypo symptoms?

i'd suggest a med increase and see if that helps you.

just a tip for bloodwork days - drink lots of water. it helps them get a better draw and the blood isnt so thick. (i learned that the hard way)

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Old 08-11-2008, 09:39 PM   #5
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Re: I Could Really Use Some Advice.

Thanks for the advice. I will call the Doctor's office in the morning to see what and how they will deal with this.

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