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Old 01-25-2013, 02:38 PM   #2
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Re: New lab results help please

I'm sorry you're struggling like this.
Can you consult with another doctor?

an enlarged thyroid is not a required criterium for subclinical hypoT.

Unfortunately your doctors are focussing way too much on TSH (which as you probably know is thyroid stimulating hormone produced by the pituitary gland and not an actual thyroid hormone, FT4 and FT3 are the actual thyroid hormone levels). tsh >2.5 is suspicious of hypoT although even that is not written in stone. TSh is not what causes symptoms, in a perfect scenario TSH will rise (end up elevated) when the actual thyroid levels drop too low for the body's needs, that does not happen for everybody as perfect though.

Tsh is not what causes symptoms, actual thyroid hormone levels being too low does. most healthy people will have their free levels (FT4 and FT3) abou 60-80% of the ranges. your FT4 is near bottom (we don't have FT3) so no doubt you're having symptoms and are hypoT.

When was your blood taken? TSH is supposedly highest in the morning, so if it was done later on during the day it's worth considering having it done in the morning (might make the difference to receive treatment).

Also worth considering is to have your antibodies done being antiTPO and antiTG, in case you have those it might be easier to receive treatment.

good luck and keep us informed!

 
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