I'm 30 with a family history of thyroid problems.Personally I have always been healthy,no medications,etc.
This past winter I started getting abnormally depressed.Crying spells,yelling at my husband over nothing,sleeping a lot and not wanting to leave the house.
I thought it was the winter blues!
Well,I also gained 20 pounds! This is unheard of for me,as I've always been very active and in shape.I started thinking something might wrong.I was dieting and exercising and the weight was not budging!
I went to a dr. even though I don't have insurance and she put me on Prozac for my depression.
I also got blood work done.
My blood work showed a high TSH of 5.630 but the t3 and t4 were fine.
Here is the scary part though.I had high creatinine serum of 1.18 and low eGFR of 53.I read online a eGFR below 60 means MODERATE kidney failure!
I also have high cholesterol (237) and high bad cholesterol.
So far I have not been able to fathom why I would have kidney problems.I don't have high blood pressure or diabetes,the two main causes of failure.
So here is my question to you people~~Does a thyroid problem effect your kidneys? I know I cannot post links,but I have read several sites that say there is a connection between thyroid and kidney.
Please help,I'm waiting for my dr to get back to me and I'm freaking! Kidney failure sounds like a death sentence!
I know that people who have kidney disease also tend to have thyroid problems. Another common cause of kidney problems is Lupis, so you need to get worked up for this as well. Most thyroid disease is also autoimmune and many times people have more than one autoimmune diesase.
Also make sure to have your ferritin levels tested. Another cause of kidney problems is iron overload so you need to make sure this isn't going on as well. High iron also causes thyroid problems.
You need to get your thyroid labs and post here. Since your TSH is high then you will need treatment. High TSH will increase your risk for many serious problems and is very likely the cause of your high cholesterol. Free T3 and free T4 levels need to be high in range, not just "in range" for optimal thyroid health.
Sorry this is so scary. Do not let your doctors discount that high TSH though. It's very important and will harm your health is not treated. I hope you are getting referred to a good nephrologist for your off kidney labs too.
Thanks so much for the responses! My dr. e-mailed me earlier about the results.She doesn't think my kidneys are anything to worry about.She says we just need to monitor my blood pressure and make sure it doesn't get high (which it is not,it is actually low)
She did say we would start thyroid treatment,but a very low dose.
Also,I think you are right about it causing my cholesterol to be high,because I always choose cholesterol free foods.
I have read about Lupus but none of the symptoms sound like me.
TSH 5.630 (range 0.450-4.5) Flag
T4 6.3 (range 4.5-12.0) No flag,within range
T3 uptake 35 (range 24-39) No flag
free thyroxine 2.2 (range 1.2-4.9) no flag
Iron 116 (range 35-155)
Last edited by WhenItRains; 04-21-2010 at 12:35 PM.
Of these tests the only useful ones are the TSH and free T4 (thyroxine). The others are not helpful. However this does tell you that your free T4 is only at 24% of its range and that is very low. Free T4 should be up at least around 50% of range to indicate your thyroid is producing enough of this prohormone. Most doctors don't realize this though but your high TSH level is also another indicator.
In the future request a free T3 and get your antibodies tested; both TPO and TG. The serum iron you had done is just a snapshot and will not tell you your real iron stores. Ask for a ferritin level instead. Also ask for a vitamin D and B12 levels as these are often low when we are hypo.
Nice that your doc is starting you on treatment but it will be up to you to make sure she increases the dose as needed to relieve your symptoms. Your FT3 levels will need to be up high in range for this to happen most likely and your TSH may drop considerably. Don't let your doc dictate your treatment by TSH in "normal range" alone. Usually TSH will drop well below normal and that's just fine if symptoms are relieved.