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Old 09-08-2012, 03:17 PM   #1
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Is there anything that affects your tsh, etc. readings?

What I'm asking is....are there certain situations like stress, time of day, time of month, vitamin deficiency or anything along those lines that will affect our tsh, t-4, t-3 readings?
One of the symptoms that I now deal with, as of the past year, is occasional anxiety. :/ I am wondering..had I gone in during this time (high anxiety, which lasted about a month) would my lab results be any different than me waiting till it passed.

 
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Re: Is there anything that affects your tsh, etc. readings?

TSH is highest just before dawn. So if you're trying to get a diagnosis from a TSH-worshipping MD, go to the lab when the doors open. Fasting from midnight is said to be most accurate. The other hormones, FT4 and FT3, are more stable and aren't immediately influenced by anything I know of.

You wouldn't necessarily have different levels during a panic attack.
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Re: Is there anything that affects your tsh, etc. readings?

Thank you, Midwest1 for your reply. I didn't know if anything influenced test results or not. I am not concerned about my MD. Yes, she treats according to tests results and not symptoms, so I am in the process of getting a second opinion. I guess I just wanted reassurance that I didn't make a mistake by waiting to go in for my lab work.

 
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Re: Is there anything that affects your tsh, etc. readings?

You don't want to go to a TSH worshipping doctor, but the problem is they are everywhere.

Just saw a doc last month and thought my Ft4 being just under the middle of the range was fine and dandy. Well, I knew my body did not feel right.

It's wonderful that I can get extra meds to add to the script the doctor gave me.

Oh yes, she also said when you come back we will check the TSH because that is the important one. I don't argue with doctors anymore because it is useless.
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Old 09-11-2012, 05:59 AM   #5
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Re: Is there anything that affects your tsh, etc. readings?

Just wondering, how do you get the "extra meds" that Lady50 is referring to? And, what are they?

 
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