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Old 07-01-2010, 05:52 PM   #1
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TSH 47.80 - T4 2.9 - FreeT4 0.5 - T3 Free 2.8

I googled high tsh, low t4, and normal t3, and I cant find anything on it. My dr. doesnt know what to make of it and cant explain it.Most people have a low T3, not a low T4 with a normal T3, and a TSH reading that high. Does anyone have any kind of knowledge about this kind of problem?

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I wasn't sure what info to put on this board. Don't want to upset any dr.s. I'm going to a kinesiologist right now, and he has me on thyroid support right now. I had been on it long enough that he wanted to recheck my numbers, and thyroid wasn't coming up on the muscle testing anymore, so he recommended another blood test to see where we were. After seeing the results he said the T3 being 2.8 is why it wouldn't come up in testing, but he said these results are the opposite of what one would usually see, and he's not sure how to approach this yet. He is checking it out, and I have learned I should never rely on someone completely, especially when my health is concerned.
We already did a saliva, adrenal test, and took what was needed to address what showed up there, including something for elevated cortisol.
Of course i feel terrible. Mornings are always terrible. I usually feel bad overall. My fatigue is sometimes overwhelming, and excercise can be difficult to work through. I struggle with depression and I have pretty bad brain fog, also. I have, of course, other symptoms, but these two are the ones that are affecting my life the most.
Again, my numbers are
TSH 47.80
T4 2.9
Free T4 0.5
T3 Free 2.8

Is there a way to "fix" this without taking synthroid and shutting down my thyroid.
Does anyone know of an alternate medicine that is more homeopathic or natural?
Is a different kind of dr, or specialist I should see to address these problems.

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Old 07-01-2010, 06:55 PM   #2
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Re: TSH 47.80 - T4 2.9 - FreeT4 0.5 - T3 Free 2.8

"High", "low", and "normal" have little meaning in the context of thyroid disease. Unless your free T4 and/or free T3 levels are above 50% of their lab ranges, you're hypothyroid. If your TSH is above 3 or so, it's a sure bet.

Instead of making us guess, you can post the exact results with lab ranges so we can tell you more.

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Oops, I just noticed your results in the thread title. Even without the lab ranges, I can see your free T3 is definitely not "normal". It's too low also. You're very hypothyroid. If your MD doesn't understand that when it's smacking him in the face, you need to find a better doctor so you can start treatment!

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Old 07-01-2010, 06:56 PM   #3
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Re: TSH 47.80 - T4 2.9 - FreeT4 0.5 - T3 Free 2.8

Is your doctor an endocrinologist? If not, that's who you need to see.
I also had a very high TSH, and it turns out I have Hashimoto's thyroiditis, which is the autoimmune type of hypothyroid. You can only find that out by having a peroxidase test done.

 
Old 07-02-2010, 12:26 PM   #4
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Re: TSH 47.80 - T4 2.9 - FreeT4 0.5 - T3 Free 2.8

I wasn't sure what info to put on this board. Don't want to upset any dr.s. I'm going to a kinesiologist right now, and he has me on thyroid support right now. I had been on it long enough that he wanted to recheck my numbers, and thyroid wasn't coming up on the muscle testing anymore, so he recommended another blood test to see where we were. After seeing the results he said the T3 being 2.8 is why it wouldn't come up in testing, but he said these results are the opposite of what one would usually see, and he's not sure how to approach this yet. He is checking it out, and I have learned I should never rely on someone completely, especially when my health is concerned.
We already did a saliva, adrenal test, and took what was needed to address what showed up there, including something for elevated cortisol.
Of course i feel terrible. Mornings are always terrible. I usually feel bad overall. My fatigue is sometimes overwhelming, and excercise can be difficult to work through. I have pretty bad brain fog, also. I have, of course, other symptoms, but these two are the ones that are affecting my life the most.
Again, my numbers are
TSH 47.80
T4 2.9
Free T4 0.5
T3 Free 2.8

 
Old 07-02-2010, 12:45 PM   #5
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Re: TSH 47.80 - T4 2.9 - FreeT4 0.5 - T3 Free 2.8

Your doc should know that FT3 is often the last to drop - your body is working overtime trying to make enough T3 for your needs from the little T4 it has to work with. Usually the diagnosis is made based on TSH and FT4 and looking at your levels there's no question whether you're hypothyroid.

 
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Re: TSH 47.80 - T4 2.9 - FreeT4 0.5 - T3 Free 2.8

is there a more natural approach i can take to solve this problem? This is what my dr. was trying to look into, rather than take synthroid, which from what i've read will probably not help me feel better.

 
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Re: TSH 47.80 - T4 2.9 - FreeT4 0.5 - T3 Free 2.8

If you prefer more natural options for medication (or hormone replacement really) there are meds made from pig's thyroid like Armour and Erfa Thyroid.

 
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Re: TSH 47.80 - T4 2.9 - FreeT4 0.5 - T3 Free 2.8

Yes I definitely agree with Midwest and Finnmaid, you are HYPO! With a free t-4 of 0.5, that's below the bottom of most ranges. My range for FT4 is (.80-1.80). The FT3 is also low.

 
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