Re: Help a Knuckle head interpet T4, T3
Most people feel/function best with FreeT4 and FreeT3 levels at mid-range, at least....and usually more towards the top end of the range.
Your FreeT4 is ever-so-slightly above mid-range (which is 1.3)
Now, Total T3 really isn't the best test since it measures active as well as inactive T3. T3 is the hormone we feel and the one that causes symptoms.
Your Total T3 is on the low side and - I suspect your FreeT3 (measurement of active T3) will be low as well.
My recommendation - get a new set of labs - FreeT4, FreeT3 (Tri-iodothyronine, free, serum) and TSH.
If your FreeT3 level is low and your FreeT4 is in a similar place as it is now, you just might benefit from some thyroid hormone replacement meds.
In my simple mind, knowing that hypothyroidism results in a general slowing-down of bodily functions, I do wonder if the low T is a result of the hypothyroidism.
I just Googled a bit and it seems Low T is found in hypothyroidism.
Dx'd Graves' June 2007..used ATD's, achieved remission Nov '09....went hypo Mar '10
Last edited by cd37; 03-05-2011 at 03:56 PM.