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Old 10-22-2008, 01:03 PM   #1
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how can my T4 level be 69

how can my T4 level be 69? I have recently been diagnosed with Graves Disease. My blood tests showed T4 at 69 and TSH at 0.017. I am seeing an endocinologist on MOnday. I have recently had a baby 5 months ago and am breastfeeding. Do my results seem terribly high?

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Old 10-22-2008, 06:29 PM   #2
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Re: how can my T4 level be 69

You need an FT4 test. Your recent pregnancy and hormonal state will bias the T4 results. The actual T4 level may be lower than that. Your thyroid is being over stimulated by TSI. The TSI in addition to your TSH makes your thyroid double/triple T4 production. Your TSH clearly marks you as hyperthyroid.

You need to start antithyroid medication. I do not recommend an RAI given your age and the recent birth of your child. Congrats on being a new MOMMY!

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Old 10-26-2008, 04:58 PM   #3
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Re: how can my T4 level be 69

Thank you so much for your response. I am seeing an endocrinologist tomorrow morning. I have to take a urine sample with me and I believe I will be having routine tests? Any ideas what these may be? The symptoms I have are weight loss, 20lb, hot sweats which are not as frequent now and sometimes I can feel my heart racing. All my symptoms have eased though. I have been like this for 4 weeks now so it is a post partum thing. My GP said it was Graves but he is not a specialist so... I would like to know why he said this.
I hope I will respond to anti thyroid drugs...

thanks once again for your kind response.

 
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Re: how can my T4 level be 69

You need a TSH, Free T3, Free T4, TSI, TRAb, TPOAb, and TGAb run. These will give you a full thyroid blood profile and you will know if the issue is autoimmune in nature triggered by your recent pregnancy.

I suspect that your GP said Graves because this is a sudden onset issue that has arisen since your pregnancy. Your symptoms are all hyperthyroid in character.

You also should get your Endo to run an ultrasound. He may want to to a RAI Uptake scan, but you might want to hold off until you are done breast feeding and your baby is older. DO NOT LET THE ENDO OFF with out at least ordeing that complete blood panel. If your issues are autoimmune Graves or Hashimoto's they can affect you, your child, and any future pregnancies. There is a genetic dominance in the AI thyroid issues.

Look over these threads of mine. They might help you enter your MDs appointment better informed and able to argue your case.

These are my general thyroid care and concerns posts... the cover how to look at your results and where you want to be.. etc:
[url]http://www.healthboards.com/boards/showthread.php?t=597479[/url]
[url]http://www.healthboards.com/boards/showthread.php?t=599141[/url]

These are the threads that discussed my MD specialist information on thyroid issues and pregnancy:
[url]http://www.healthboards.com/boards/showthread.php?t=585150[/url]

Hope this gets to you in time and that you have a good Endo.
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Classic Post Partum Silent Thyroiditis Lasting 3 Mo?

New mom, do a search first of all for silent thyroiditis, instead of destroying your thyroid.

I've read you can be hypo after a bout of it. Typically lasts about 3 mo., after childbirth. But one online doctor I'm not sure I'm allowed to name here has said can last longer. He says, I believe, that no destruction is needed, and that your normal dosage will help keep antibodies down. Be sure to read for yourself and not take my word for it. I'm typing this from memory and I'm a senior citizen, not a new mom. Also with Hashi's I've heard that you can go hyper at times.

What's TSI, Mkgbrook? And if my antibodies are low, within range, 10 and 20 does it mean I definitely don't have Hashi's? TIA

 
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