Originally Posted by Lara Coetzee
Imagine my GP still worked on the old ways of reading the test???????????
Hello to you.
It's the bane of all of us who have thyroid disease. Disagreement about what constitutes the disorder. Misdiagnosis. Undertreatment. You can get different opinions from as many MDs as you choose to consult. I'm not as surprised as you are.
The tests are only suggestive of true thyroid status. If they're the wrong tests, or the MD doesn't know how to interpret the results, we have the misfortune of going untreated. A proper diagnosis requires the best set of tests and an MD's clinical ability to order them and to interpret the results correctly. You'd be awe-struck to know how often that does not happen. MDs don't bother to understand what the disorder is, or how devasting it can be, much less learn how to diagnose and treat it correctly.
The main thing is, your daughter is finally getting her treatment. I want you both to understand, though, that there's much more to it than just "normal" TSH. The goal should not be to lower the TSH, but to increase the levels of the thyroid hormones, T4 and T3. Read as much as you can absorb about all this, because as you already found, you can't totally rely on the doctor to treat correctly. You may find yourself having to act as her health advocate from now on.
You can find a lot of good information in our "Thyroid Information" sticky thread.