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Old 05-02-2013, 08:54 AM   #1
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First time here. Should I be worried with these test results?

I'm not sure if I should be worried or not. I went to see my GP for a check up and she ran some labs.

3/26/13
TSH <.01
T4 1.0
T3 3.1

After these test she said that the TSH was probably wrong because she would expect me to be hypo not hyper. I'm on the heavy side. She sent me for more test.

4/22/13
TSH .01
T4 1.2
T3 3.3
Thyroid Peroxidase 871
TSI <89%

After these results. She said again she would have expected me to be hypo not hyper but if the numbers change to reflect hypo she would put me on meds to help lose weight.

After some research I've had symptoms for a while but just dismissed them such as shaking hands, nervousness, starring off, rapid heart rate and very thinning hair. Also my aunt had a growth on her thyroid, another has a thyroid disease (not sure which) and my cousin has thyroid cancer. I told all this to the doctor but she was not concerned. She kept referring to the fact that I was heavy.
Should I be worried?

 
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Old 05-02-2013, 12:40 PM   #2
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Re: First time here. Should I be worried with these test results?

I would say that if you are worried and not comfortable with your Dr's answer, you should seek a second opinion. I would want answers I trust. Not everyone has typical symptoms. Best wishes.

 
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Re: First time here. Should I be worried with these test results?

I would ask for a referral to an endocrinologist. Just because you are heavier does not mean you cannot be hyperthyroid - that is just stereotypical, but not a hard rule. I think you should definitely get a second opinion if you are not comfortable with your doctor's plan or answers.

 
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Re: First time here. Should I be worried with these test results?

I agree with the others. Symptoms are often atypical and TSH tests can lie. Free levels of T4 and T3 are more important and accurate than TSH. You appear to be at an earlier stage of thyroid failure... When TSH can be below range or even suppressed with T4/T3 below mid-range. This is due to the activity of the thyro-peroxidase antibodies. I would consult a smarter thyroid doctor.
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Old 05-03-2013, 07:22 PM   #5
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Re: First time here. Should I be worried with these test results?

Your symptoms sound like hyper. I am overweight, I am hyper. Forget what your doctor expects, it's what the blood tests show. The family history is relevant. Get a 2nd opinion.

 
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Re: First time here. Should I be worried with these test results?

I'm dealing with new thyroid issues right now myself and the endocrinologist told me that MOST ppl who are hyperthyroid lose weight, but about 10% gain weight. I'm a part of the 10% as I have gained 16 lbs in a couple of months. I would definitely seek a second opinion if I were you.

 
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Old 05-24-2013, 08:59 AM   #7
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Re: First time here. Should I be worried with these test results?

I got the second opinion. I can only see a GP ,who can refer me to a specialist if they feel its necessary. So I went in with the test results from the previous GP and I was told that my TSH low levels are a "false positive " for hyperthyroidism and that I should disregard the Thyroid Peroxidase because according to him they don't mean anything. He said the T3 and T4 are normal and that I'm fine. Not sure what to do next...

 
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Re: First time here. Should I be worried with these test results?

So you've seen two dumb dolts who are looking straight at abnormal labs and completely dismissing them with a variety of inane non-explanations?

I've never seen a TSI result exactly like that one. There is usually a result of a percentage and a lab reference range to compare it with. The "< 89%" would be the range, but it doesn't indicate what your actual result was. Say your result was 88% or 50% or even 20%... None of those would be considered "normal" just because they're less than 89%. Any titer of TSI is not normal. If a positive titer of TSI were coupled with a positive titer of TPO, they tend to cancel each other out, keeping T4/3 levels within range until one antibody wins out over the other.
And BTW... TPO of nearly 900 always means something. (My gosh... Did these guys get their degrees from a Cracker Jack box?)

Most insurers have an appeals process for going over a GP's head to get a specialist consultation. Can you investigate doing that?
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