Re: Can someone help me understand my daughter's test results?
I'm no numbers expert (and pediatrics is even more specialized), but you can ask them if they can run a free t3 if you want more thyroid info, but in terms of small children, thyroid symptoms aren't necessarily weight gain (more like lack of growth types of things) from what I remember (my friend's kid who's a giant in height now, stopped growing). The tsh can fluctuate, and it can also go up from pituitary problems.
Maybe there's something else going on, don't just focus on thyroid, when there's a whole big picture thing. There's something up, it may or may not be caused by the thyroid.
I would even consider seeing a geneticist if you can't figure out from a really great pediatric endo.(see another one if you don't like this one)---this could even be some sort of genetic syndrome. There can be soooo many things, that are really hard to diagnose---don't get caught up on one thing. If they treated her at this number for thyroid, with her free t4 being decent, it could make her hyperthyroid, which can also cause apetite increase. Keep searching for a really great doctor.
And she shouldn't be treated on tsh, but the free t4 and free t3, and I wouldn't use a doctor that had the philosophy of waiting until tsh reaches 10 as a policy. You have to keep track of this here, it might take time.
Last edited by Reece; 11-08-2010 at 06:36 AM.