Re: Thyroid removed and also had uterus and left ovary removed...all started Dec 2006
Sorry for the reason you're here but, glad you found us.
I am not reading anything about your actual thyroid hormone levels and only about pituitary hormone TSH.
Unfortunately, TSH does not tell an accurate story.
And, your endo's treatment goal of 2 is absolutely crazy when you think about the fact that healthy people have TSH 1.0-1.5.....and thyroid textbooks state that people taking meds like Synthroid should be dosed such that their TSH is .3 - 1.0.
What's more important are the actual thyroid hormone levels: FreeT4 and FreeT3.
Thyroid textbooks indicate that patients should be medicated so the FreeT4 level is in the upper part of the range (or even slightly elevated) and the FreeT3 level above mid-range.
Your anxiety *could* be due to inappropriate thyroid hormone levels...either/both the FreeT4/T3.
Now, the fact that you no longer have a thyroid could very well mean that Synthroid isn't enough for you.
You see, the thyroid produces two main hormones: T4 and T3. T4 is our storage hormone and our bodies convert it to T3, the active hormone. The levels of these hormones that are available for the body's use are measured by the FreeT4 and FreeT3 tests, respectively.
Since 20% of conversion happens in the thyroid and you no longer have one, this means your FreeT3 level might not be adequate.
Obviously, after all my "talk" about FreeT4 and FreeT3 levels, I suggest you get those levels checked pronto.
You also might need to find a better doctor - one that runs the right tests and has appropriate treatment goals.
Graves' 2007...remission 2009....hypo 2010
Last edited by sammy64; 07-31-2012 at 11:16 AM.