Hi, I desperately need help interpreting my lab results. According to my Dr. I am perfectly fine, however, I have been experiencing symptoms such as fatigue, extreme hair loss (in the back and middle part of my scalp), brittle hair to the point where I can't brush it when getting out of the shower and I have also noticed random white eyebrows and small white hairs around my forehead. It's heartbreaking not knowing what is wrong, especially since I am so young, healthy and am left wondering what it could be.
My results are as follows (including reference ranges):
Your mid-range TSH is going to make it difficult for you to convince your doctor that you are hypothyroid, which your free T4 certainly appears to indicate. It is very low and most people, myself included, would feel terrible at that level. In fact I never got that low before I felt like the life was being drained from me day by day. My lowest reading was a 1.0 with that range. You may have to either convince your doctor to give you a trial on medication or find another doctor who understands this better. Good luck. BTW the only useful tests run were the TSH and free T4. The fact that your doctor ordered these other thyroid tests shows how behind the times he/she is.
Thank you so much for the information. I will have the blood work re-done- which tests do you recommend I have re-rechecked?
Also, do you believe that my extremely brittle hair and hair loss is related to this?
Hair loss is associated with hypothyroidism. If it is hyporthyroidism, you may have to have several consecutive blood tests before you find anything abnormal. Most endocrynologists recommend testing for fT3, fT4 and TSH. However diagnostic thyroid lab test usually include tests for thyroid antibodies. These are Thyroid Peroxidase (TPOab) and Antithyroglobulin (thyoid Ab).
If you are young then there is really no reason to ignore these sort of symptoms. The faitgue obviously isn't related to heart disease, diabetes or menopause. I mean come on Doc'. I was 25 when I was diagnosed, I'm 30 now. Don't waste your young years fightning doctors for your health. If this one doesn't listen then find a new one. Also, there are places online now where you can order legit blood labs without a prescription. We are not allowed to refer websites and companies here but if you have questions then send me a p.m.