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Old 03-21-2011, 10:31 AM   #1
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What is Borderline Thyroid disorder?

I went to my an Endocrinologist a while back because I was having extreme fatigue, hair loss, low libido, very dry skin, arthritic pain in joints(very dry in joints) and other symptoms. I thought it was due to low-testosterone b/c I didn't have any energy, but the results game back normal. While I was there though the Endocrinologist said I was borderline TSH. I didn't know what TSH was until now, but what exactly is a borderline? Also I wanted to know if anyone with these same conditions have taken hormones that alleviated these symptoms. Will my arthritic joint pain go away, hair-loss stop or grow back, body heal and metabolism come back; or will it just stop the progression? Any answers or advice would be appreciated.


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Old 03-21-2011, 10:48 AM   #2
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Re: What is Borderline Thyroid disorder?

The invention of the TSH test back in the 1970's was truly the undoing of things for thyroid patients.

TSH is a pituitary hormone. When a patient presents with symptoms such as yours, doctors should be looking at the actual THYROID hormones.

Based upon your symptoms, it sounds like you have hypothyroidism.

Please ask your doctor to run the following tests:

FreeT4 (T4 or thyroxine, free, direct)
FreeT3 (triiodothyronine, free, serum)
and you know the doctor will still want to run TSH.

If either/both of your FreeT4/FreeT3 levels is below mid-range, you are hypothyroid.

When you take adequate amounts of thyroid hormone replacement meds, you can expect your symptoms to dissipate.
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Re: What is Borderline Thyroid disorder?

Originally Posted by SJustice1621 View Post
I didn't know what TSH was until now, but what exactly is a borderline?
And this level is most likely at the top of the reference range or slightly above it (in practice too high to be a "healthy person's level" but many doctors still consider it "normal").

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