My TSH was 4.89, Dr gave me .25 syntroid, I fit the symptoms of hyper more then hypo but I see alot that says hypo. Can someone help me understand this. I also had a scan & iodine uptake to ck a nodule colloid cyst that showed up last year. This is so confusing to a newcomer. Thanks
You would know for sure if your doctor did a free t4, and even a free t3, if those were low in range, you would be more accurate than tsh alone. But your tsh if anything, points to hypothyroid rather than hyperthyroid. That is why your doctor is starting you out on hormone.
That being said, you really can't go by symptoms---I've been both for certain reasons and periods of my life, and the symptoms really overlap---you can be sleepless with both, you can lose hair with both, you can be tired with both, you can have joint pain with both---you need bloodwork to figure out what's wrong.
Thanks, I have an appt this thursday to see him, I'll find out more, they just wanted to start me on meds now. I would have sd hyper since I lost so much weight w/no explaination (diff Dr's) I lost all muscle mass in arms & legs & also so constipated.
i agree with reece. the symptoms do overlap. i was having anxiety attacks, sleepless nights, tachycardia, but all the while i was hypo. the body really flips out when the thyroid is out of whack and sometimes it can be hard to tell exactly which way you're heading.
it sounds like you are hypo, but the blood tests Free t3 and Free t4 will help determine what you're thyroid is up to. the TSH by itself does not give you a big enough picture to know for sure.
I don't know if this is mind over matter but I have been taking 25mg of syntroid for 2 days now & seem to feel abit better. I asume it's too early to tell. I know I feel like I want to eat alot more which is good since I got so skinny.