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Old 11-17-2009, 10:26 AM   #1
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How long are tsh tests supposed to take?

I am convinced I have hypothyroidism (I have many symptoms, but the one that is most irritating is not being able to lose weight no matter what I do -- actually, I gain weight no matter how little and healthy I eat and how much I work out). I went in for testing on Oct. 28 and was told my results would be back a week later. When I called, my t4 and t3 results were back (and normal) but my tsh results weren't in and still aren't. Why is it taking so long? I just want to be diagnosed so I can get some help with these frustrating symptoms!

 
Old 11-17-2009, 10:56 AM   #2
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Re: How long are tsh tests supposed to take?

Hi that is strange that the TSH range isn't in yet. You need to get copies of all your test results. Also, you can post them here along with the ranges, and someone will help your interpret them.

 
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Re: How long are tsh tests supposed to take?

It doesn't take that long for TSH. Someone lost something - the sample or the results - or they failed to run the test and no one will admit to it.

Also, if the T4 and T3 were the "total" levels instead of the "free" levels, they aren't very accurate. As long as you have to have another TSH done anyway - it seems, at least - make sure you've had the free T tests. If you haven't, get them to run those from the blood sample used to do the TSH.

"Normal" is a matter of opinion. If the free levels of the T hormones are below mid-range, they're too low and you are likely to have symptoms of that.

 
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Re: How long are tsh tests supposed to take?

Those were my Free T4 and Free T3 results. This is what they gave me the last time I called:

T3-- 22
T4-- 12.4
Free T4-- 3.7
Free T3 (I think, I scribbled and it was a while ago)-- 3.38.

I called again today and they were surprised they weren't in yet, but said all of the test results hadn't come in for the day ... I hope they aren't just jerking me around and if they did lose them, I sure hope they don't expect me to pay to get them done again!

 
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Re: How long are tsh tests supposed to take?

We have to know the lab reference range for those free T tests before we can interpret them for you. Different labs have different ranges; there is no standard.

 
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Re: How long are tsh tests supposed to take?

If you live in a major metropolitan area and had labs drawn at the lab, the lab will have results within 24 hours. If they fax those results back to your MD, it sounds like they may have been "misplaced". The MD's office should contact the lab to A) see if they were done, and B) have the results faxed to them again. There is NO WAY it would take anywhere near this long.

 
Old 11-19-2009, 03:08 PM   #7
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Re: How long are tsh tests supposed to take?

adrenals? cortisol? i know that is my problem...of course you may need to go up on your thyroid meds if what they call normal is low...i am not sure how to look at them but some on here are really good at it.

 
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