Can you relate? Any experts on results? What to do next?
I recently visited the doctor to have my thyroid tested as I have been feeling symptoms(thyroid inflammation, carpal tunnel like tingling in left hand/cramp in hands&feet, fatigue, tiredness, mood shifts, etc) for almost a year. When I went to the doctor they did the blood tests, to which they told me I am within normal ranges, and also ran an EKG/ECG to find that I have Bradycardia (45 bpm). Note that I am a 25 year old male in very good shape, in the past exercised 6 days a week, to now maybe half that due to lack of energy.
My biggest concern is my lack of energy in reference to my career and barely making it through the day. Lately I've needed a 2-3 hour nap every day even after sleeping 8-9 hours the night before. As a former college athlete I am all for pushing through the pain...but there is a point where you just have to admit that something just isn;t "normal".
Based of my results below and given that I've actually seen a doctor, is there any advice/input you could offer? Based off of what I've heard/read the results and symptoms seem to be indicative of Hashimoto's, do you agree?
My blood panel as of two weeks ago
Thyroid Peroxidase = 47 (Normal <35)
T4 Free = 1.4 (Normal .08-1.8)
Thyroglobulin Antibodies = 170 (Normal <20)
Thyroglobulin = < 0.2 (Normal 2.0-35)
TSH w/ Reflex to FT4 = 2.3 (Normal 0.4-4.5)
Re: Can you relate? Any experts on results? What to do next?
You tested positive for both of the antibodies (peroxidase and thyroglobulin) that cause Hashimoto's disease, which is the leading cause of hypothyroidism. Since you have plenty of the symptoms, plus the antibodies, it's safe to assume that your actual thyroid hormone (free T4) level is too low for your needs. If your free T3 had been measured, it's quite possible that it's low in its range, which would help to account for all those symptoms.
The endo who diagnosed me would treat you for hypoT based on your labs plus symptoms, but she's more progressive than the 'standard' endo. I don't necessarily recommend you try the endo route, because they're too often a waste of time; but you should consult other MDs in order to find treatment now and not be made to wait until your gland has totally failed.
To find a good thyroid MD, you may want to ask local pharmacists for names of MDs who prescribe Cytomel or Armour. Those MDs are usually thyroid knowledgeable and more willing to treat folks like you with so-called "normal" labs.
Good luck. I hope you find treatment soon!
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