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Old 12-12-2001, 01:06 AM   #1
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TSH Test results--need help!

Hi
I was recently tested for TSH levels--do to many symptoms of hypo thyroid.
Anyway--the test comes back at 4.87
My doctors says that's NORMAL......but from what I have read.....it isn't. is it?

Any help, ideas...observations, sites you can send me to guide me to....to help educate myself....perhaps to find a new physician to help ME, because quite frankly....I am sick and tired of feeling sick and tired!

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Old 12-12-2001, 08:05 AM   #2
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Re: TSH Test results--need help!

While that may be a normal test result for SOME, MOST people feel their best at a TSH of less than 2. Still others feel their best below 1. Personally, mine has to be less than .01 for me to feel my best, but that would have most people so hyper that they would be climbing the walls.

The American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists has stated for the last few years that they believe that a TSH more then 3 warrants treatment. This article in the British Journal of Medicine indicates that a TSH higher than 2 may not be normal: <A HREF="http://www.bmj.com/cgi/content/full/314/7088/1175" TARGET=_blank>http://www.bmj.com/cgi/content/full/314/7088/1175</A> (scroll down to the section called "Summary Points")

It would probably be in your besst interest to get another opinion, since you are symptomatic, and are outside the "normal" ranges that forward-thinking doctors work from. There are other tests that you should probably have run, too, including Free T3, Free T4, and Thyroid Antibodies tests to get a bigger and clearer picture of your thyroid health.

In the mean time, you can learn a great deal by reading through the "Information Archive" here on this site. Bookmark it and read through all of it you can when you can. Explore the links there, and the links they lead you to. There's LOADS of great information. <A HREF="http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/Forum118/HTML/000005.html" TARGET=_blank>http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/Forum118/HTML/000005.html</A> <p>[This message has been edited by Meep (edited 12-12-2001).]

 
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Re: TSH Test results--need help!

I agree with Meep...you also may benefit from reading some of our stories.
I will bump up that thread in case you would like to.

 
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