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Northtexas 01-09-2013 03:44 PM

new guy, need help deciphering labs
 
I've been told on a different board that I have Hashi's. It seemed like a somewhat knee-jerk diagnosis. Wanted to see what you all thought of these lab results. I've had a lot of adrenal fatigue type symptoms. Most of those have subsided quite a bit, I'm still left with anxiety and depression. I seem to have these spells where I crash into an adrenal fatigue type of syndrome and it takes months to pull out of it. The only med I'm on now is amlodipine for high BP. Below are my lab results. Thank you for your help.

Free T3 - 3.3pg/mL range 2.3-4.2
Free T4 - 1.22ng/mL range .85-1.72
Total T3 - .68ng/mL range .6 - 1.81
TSH - 2.05uIU/mL range .35-5.5
Antithyroglobulin Ab <20IU/mL range 0-40
TPO Ab - 8IU/mL 0-34

alliebeth88 01-09-2013 05:22 PM

Re: new guy, need help deciphering labs
 
Honestly, it doesn't look like your thyroid is the problem right now. Low antibodies and slightly raised TSH can be an indicator that you're going to have a problem down the line, though.

Northtexas 01-09-2013 06:38 PM

Re: new guy, need help deciphering labs
 
Should I take any sort of action?

alliebeth88 01-10-2013 03:48 AM

Re: new guy, need help deciphering labs
 
You could have your vitamin (B, D) and iron (ferritin) levels checked and see if those might be low. Sometimes low vitamins can present as thyroid-like symptoms.

mkgbrook 01-12-2013 01:41 PM

Re: new guy, need help deciphering labs
 
I agree you need to watch you levels. Your TSH is outside the normal .89-1.1 optimal range for normal functions thyroid males.

You have some thyroid antibodies present. They may grow. You should check on these yearly or whenever symptoms worsen in my personal opinion.

Optimal t4/3 levels are 60-80% of normal range for most males.

How to determine where you are? There is a formula you can use. You don't need total thyroid blood tests just your TSH and free TS.

(Your number - low range limit)/(upper limit-lower limit) * 100 =. Gives your percent of normal range. This can be used for all thyroid level tests.

For your ft3 I got 52.6% of normal range. Not bad, but a smidge below the optimal range my md gave me to look for... If you have symptoms it may be a bit low for your optimal.

For your ft4 I got 39.3% of normal range. Humm,.. Tis is low and out of balance with your t3. I can believe that your cortisol levels are low normal or suboptimal with this trend. If the t3 levels get higher and your t4 levels get lower in future tests I strongly recommends looking into your adrenal function as well as the thyroid. Low t4 is often linked to the mental symptoms of hypothyroidism.

Hope this helps.

Sincerely,
MG


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