Re: Help - what is does the Total T3 mean again?
Your FreeT4 back in June was quite hypo, as you know.
Unfortunately, your doctor didn't order reliable tests....labs seem to like selling "thyroid profiles" that contain all those lame tests.
T3 uptake and Free Thyroxine Index are calculations or estimations. The T4 or thyroxine test measures both the usable and unusable hormone.
Doctors just need to check the levels of thyroid hormone that are usable by the body - FreeT4 and FreeT3.
In fact, the National Institute of Health confirms this in this 2003 article (note final sentence):
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12915350?ordinalpos=1&itool=EntrezSystem 2.PEntrez.Pubmed.Pubmed_ResultsPanel.Pub med_SingleItemSupl.Pubmed_Discovery_RA&l inkpos=4&log$=relatedreviews&logdbfrom=p ubmed
The most important thing to me at this point is you getting started on meds so, you'll need to stroke the doctor's ego a bit and somehow negotiate the proper care. (I think we've all been there)
If the doctor doses based upon symptoms, you might be able to continue with her for a bit since it takes at least 6-12 months to find the optimal dose (and we're often still tweaking after that).
Once you're started on meds, then that might be the time to tell the doctor you've been researching so you will have a better understanding of your disease....and "Thyroid for Dummies" mentions the FreeT4/T3 tests - maybe she can "humor" you and run them as well.......
You can always have a backup plan to meet with other doctors....sometimes, if you already have a diagnosis and are taking meds, a new doctor will move forward based upon that.
Unfortunately, these are some of the things we've found the need to do if we want to feel well while having thyroid disease. The doctors don't always make things easy for us but, with some creativity, we can negotiate the proper care.
Graves' 2007...remission 2009....hypo 2010
Last edited by sammy64; 07-26-2011 at 06:19 AM.