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Board: Thyroid Disorders 03-06-2013, 08:52 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 7,025
Posted By mkgbrook
Re: Can anyone interpret my results?? Please??

Sounds good to me the only thing i object to is the iodine supplement. Did she test your iodine levels? Were they low too?

The reason i would hesitate on the iodine supplementation is because It...
Board: Thyroid Disorders 02-13-2013, 03:15 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 5,611
Posted By mkgbrook
Re: what about hashi's with TSI?

I still make some cortisol. But I am 0-5% of normal range versus the recommended 50-80%. For confirmation I had many blood draws in addition to a 24 hour saliva and urine cortisol profile. saliva...
Board: Thyroid Disorders 02-13-2013, 02:15 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 5,611
Posted By mkgbrook
Re: what about hashi's with TSI?

My adrenals can not put out sufficient cortisol any more. I am literally taking 20 MG of hydrocortisone tablets a day. If I miss a dose I literally can not stay awake and function. Unfortunately...
Board: Thyroid Disorders 02-13-2013, 08:10 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 5,611
Posted By mkgbrook
Re: what about hashi's with TSI?

I started out on 50 mcgs, but had adrenal issues in addition to the thyroid issues. As a result when my md tried stepping me up in 25 mcgs steps, it lit me up so to speak.

Her practice tries 25...
Board: Thyroid Disorders 02-06-2013, 11:17 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 7,025
Posted By mkgbrook
Re: Can anyone interpret my results?? Please??

Glad I could help. Good luck and tell us how it goes! I truly hope you have found a good thyroid savvy md. Only a follow unvisited will tell you the truth.

MG
Board: Thyroid Disorders 02-06-2013, 11:13 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 5,611
Posted By mkgbrook
Re: what about hashi's with TSI?

Yes. I had an MRI done. It showed nothing. The thyroid antibodies are TSH suppressants. In addition if you have a conversion issue where you do not produce enough cortisol and as a result you have...
Board: Thyroid Disorders 02-03-2013, 04:51 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 5,611
Posted By mkgbrook
Re: what about hashi's with TSI?

Yes ma'am. My FTs sit in the 70% range and my TSH is rarely looked at anymore. My md thinks the test is a waste of blood in my case. Last TSH I had was 0.03. Even with low FTs in the 10% -...
Board: Thyroid Disorders 02-03-2013, 12:24 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 5,611
Posted By mkgbrook
Re: what about hashi's with TSI?

I am not an MD BUT I have a lot of family members with this issue. I am a third generation confirmed autoimmune thyroid disease sufferer. My mom has it all four of her sisters have it, her mom, her...
Board: Thyroid Disorders 02-02-2013, 03:22 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,334
Posted By mkgbrook
Re: Am I "Normal"

Ditto. Please clarify the conditions of your tests:

Time of day,
Medicated,
Pre or post Synthroid,
And test ranges.

With out additional information we can only guess thyroid function...
Board: Thyroid Disorders 02-02-2013, 03:17 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 7,025
Posted By mkgbrook
Re: Can anyone interpret my results?? Please??

Overall your levels are balanced but low. In my opinion you need supplementation now not later. Good luck.

Sincerely,
MG
Board: Thyroid Disorders 02-02-2013, 03:06 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 13,446
Posted By mkgbrook
Re: What medication would you ask for high Anti TPO/TSH?

I went through five endos and never found one that I would feel comfortably to treat me knowledgably. I did find a great internal medicine md that is part of an integrative medicine practice. She...
Board: Thyroid Disorders 02-02-2013, 07:10 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 13,446
Posted By mkgbrook
Re: What medication would you ask for high Anti TPO/TSH?

Thyroiddepressn;

So I saw my endo today, and he noticed a very very small bump or lump in my throat, cant remember what he called it.

Thyroid lumps very common in hashi's sufferers are known...
Board: Thyroid Disorders 01-21-2013, 08:58 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,142
Posted By mkgbrook
Re: Is the doctor right? lab results

Lab work for thyroid meds is best fasting near 8 am. As it get later in the day your levels shift about. I do my best to get my blood work done between 8-9 am. However you test you should be...
Board: Thyroid Disorders 01-12-2013, 02:48 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,094
Posted By mkgbrook
Re: Help w/ Bloodwork

Like Midwest I strongly suspect you have a two fold issue. Hypothyroid t4 levels with normal to optimal t3 levels, which points to an adrenal deficiency issues. Predominantly low to low normal...
Board: Thyroid Disorders 01-12-2013, 02:41 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,073
Posted By mkgbrook
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...
Board: Thyroid Disorders 01-12-2013, 02:25 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 860
Posted By mkgbrook
Re: Input on Thyroid symptoms and turning from hyper to hypo?!

Sometimes in NONautoimmune cases it is transient and caused by an illness or some other trigger. However once you have had it, you are at higher risk to have it again.

Have you been tested for...
Board: Thyroid Disorders 01-12-2013, 02:18 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,530
Posted By mkgbrook
Re: 12 days old and TSH 7 - Congenital Hypothyroid?

Sounds like you have a good handle on things. My daughter is newly three her TSH is just over 3 now. My son took six years to fall below 2 on the TSH range. My MDs recommend keeping detailed...
Board: Thyroid Disorders 01-12-2013, 02:11 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 4,320
Posted By mkgbrook
Re: Normal TSH but hypothyroidism symptoms

I really think you need to press for more tests now. That slight increase could easily be a sign of a slight t3 bump, while t4 levels are in the pits. The longer one languishes in an untreated or...
Board: Thyroid Disorders 01-12-2013, 02:03 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 13,446
Posted By mkgbrook
Re: What medication would you ask for high Anti TPO/TSH?

You need to go to a thyroid savvy md. An endo is not always necessary. Many of us are treated by knowledgable FPs and IMs. I saw five endos and fired all of them. I get treated by an internal...
Board: Thyroid Disorders 01-12-2013, 01:49 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 644
Posted By mkgbrook
Re: Seven months since last dose increase, and levels holding steady!

Yeah! We love getting good news. Keep checking on the rest of us and lend support when you can!
Board: Thyroid Disorders 01-12-2013, 01:47 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 860
Posted By mkgbrook
Re: Input on Thyroid symptoms and turning from hyper to hypo?!

Yes. I have both Graves' disease and Hashimoto's thyroiditis. Until my thyroid was taken out of the picture I lived a daily hypothyroid hyperthyroid turf war. My t4 levels tended to stay low it...
Board: Thyroid Disorders 01-12-2013, 01:36 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,142
Posted By mkgbrook
Re: Is the doctor right? lab results

It is nice when you have a close family friend that knows you as a person and can take that into account with your treatment and diagnosis. I have a lot of family members that are MDs and RNs, but...
Board: Thyroid Disorders 01-07-2013, 04:11 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,460
Posted By mkgbrook
Re: 2 Month old - FT4 1.20ng /dl and TSH 4.50 uIU/ml - please help

No. My children have not manifested it yet. I am the latest in the family line.

My mom and her four sisters, one cousin, and one grandma rounds out our clans current active thyroid sufferers. ...
Board: Thyroid Disorders 01-07-2013, 10:52 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,460
Posted By mkgbrook
Re: 2 Month old - FT4 1.20ng /dl and TSH 4.50 uIU/ml - please help

With my son we did a 2 mo., 6 mo., 12 mo., 18 mo., 24 mo. And then went to a yearly check. We also ran antibody checks yearly at 2 years and up. I would have done it at birth if I had known of my...
Board: Thyroid Disorders 01-07-2013, 08:43 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 630
Posted By mkgbrook
Re: Please help, Hyper, remission, back to Hyper

Graves is a different beast than Hashimotos. It is also sneaky. It can flare up as a result of many things. I have one aunt that is pure Graves' disease. She has been managing it with meds for...
Board: Thyroid Disorders 01-07-2013, 08:12 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,460
Posted By mkgbrook
Re: 2 Month old - FT4 1.20ng /dl and TSH 4.50 uIU/ml - please help

That runs in line with the results I got for my daughter and son in the 0 month to 2 year old age range.

Children have different endocrine needs because they have not went through puberty and...
Board: Thyroid Disorders 01-07-2013, 08:00 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 4,320
Posted By mkgbrook
Re: Normal TSH but hypothyroidism symptoms

Hm37,

Hopefully you are getting a full thyroid panel. Just reiterating again. I am not a MD. I am one of many in my clan experienced in handling and managing our thyroid care. I wish the MDs...
Board: Thyroid Disorders 01-06-2013, 11:13 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 4,320
Posted By mkgbrook
Re: Normal TSH but hypothyroidism symptoms

HM37;

I am glad that you have stopoed in to join us.

It is difficult no matter where you are in the world to get treat ment for hypothroidism. On average in the US some with a thyroid conditon...
Board: Thyroid Disorders 01-04-2013, 12:44 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 999
Posted By mkgbrook
re: I'm still trying to figure out this RT3.

Quick question because great is relative at your levels I still felt like a dish rag. My optimal is bumping the 80% of normal in both FTs.

I am of childbearing age, premenopausal. Are you?

...
Board: Thyroid Disorders 01-04-2013, 11:31 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,842
Posted By mkgbrook
Re: new test results- help!

In my personal non-MD opinion. If you have the Free T values, the TSH is irrelevant.

I stand by my opinion on balancing your t4 and t3 levels. You have too much T4 and too little T3.
...
Board: Thyroid Disorders 01-04-2013, 11:19 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 722
Posted By mkgbrook
Re: What counts as Antibodies?

Ditto Midwest.

Did you only have TPOAb run? There is also TGAb. Being positive in either classifies you as having Hashimoto's thyroiditis.

I am a strong advocate of routine testing of at...
Board: Thyroid Disorders 01-04-2013, 11:05 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,623
Posted By mkgbrook
Re: Low TSH, low T3, low T4? Please Help.

Oh... You should also research secondary hypothyroidism. This is hypothyroidism as a result of the pituitary gland not producing enough TSH to call for thyroid production of needed thyroid hormone. ...
Board: Thyroid Disorders 01-04-2013, 10:57 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,623
Posted By mkgbrook
Re: Low TSH, low T3, low T4? Please Help.

Ugh! Sorry that you are feeling like this...

First I recommend more blood work. The endo may or may not be helpful.

Given you are female you really need the FT3 andFT4 tests. T3 and T4 tests...
Board: Thyroid Disorders 01-04-2013, 10:34 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 431
Posted By mkgbrook
Re: Anyone know of good doc in Portland OR for nodules and low FT3/FT4?

It never hurts to get a second opinion when dealing with nodules. I see two. An integrative medicine practice internal medicine md for blood work and management of supplement levels and an ENT for...
Board: Thyroid Disorders 01-04-2013, 10:15 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,691
Posted By mkgbrook
Re: Another Endocrinologist Number 3

Long term living in a thyroid state stress adrenal health and function. Adrenals are very integral beasts I the care and balancing of your thyroid hormone levels. If you do not have high rt3 levels...
Board: Thyroid Disorders 01-04-2013, 09:55 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 5,631
Posted By mkgbrook
Re: Hyperthyroid Symptoms, normal TSH (0.41) & 3cm nodule - worried!

Press for your GPs and aunt to have the antibody tests run in addition to getting your own. When you come in packing a family tree of dysfunction and the autoimmune hammer it does aide in proactive...
Board: Thyroid Disorders 01-04-2013, 09:51 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,027
Posted By mkgbrook
Re: Nodules and symptoms related?

Given your family history I would suspect autoimmune thyroid disease of one form or another. If you all can group together you would have a decent pack to assist you.

Given the thyroid issues...
Board: Thyroid Disorders 01-03-2013, 09:45 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 522
Posted By mkgbrook
Re: mkgbrook :)

Okay. I will bite. Why are 80% of thyroid sufferers female? Humm?

Oh, I know it is...because we can take it... in addition to having babies, cleaning houses, working, and in general serving as...
Board: Thyroid Disorders 01-03-2013, 09:24 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,195
Posted By mkgbrook
Re: 20 years old, thyroid antibody test

Welcome to the female dominated realm of thyroid misery....

First question to you is...

Do you have any symptoms of thyroid disease?

Do not medicate unless you need to...once you start you...
Board: Thyroid Disorders 01-03-2013, 09:08 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,027
Posted By mkgbrook
Re: Nodules and symptoms related?

You have any supportive thyroid suffering family members? There is nothing in the rules saying you can not bring your mom, four aunts, and cousin to stare down your MD. If I could I would get in...
Board: Thyroid Disorders 01-03-2013, 08:56 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 522
Posted By mkgbrook
Re: mkgbrook :)

I am guilty of being a lurker of late.. Even in my sleep. I will try to toss my pennies about more often....

MG
Board: Thyroid Disorders 01-03-2013, 08:51 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,288
Posted By mkgbrook
Re: Need help with new labs & reverse T3

=SHMILY;

I will throw in my 2 cents!

TSH.....................0.02
FT4.....................1.3......................Range 0.8 - 1.8
(1.3-0.8)/(1.8-0.8)*100= 50% of normal range
...
Board: Thyroid Disorders 01-03-2013, 08:24 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,842
Posted By mkgbrook
Re: new test results- help!

northfortyfarm;

These results are from testing 5 weeks after my dr. lowered my levothyroxine dose from 125mcg to 112mcg. I was feeling hypo- worst symptom was brain fog, also lethargy & no...
Board: Thyroid Disorders 01-03-2013, 07:44 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 775
Posted By mkgbrook
Re: Reason to be Nervous?

It actually reads a lot like my thyroid ultrasounds. It sounds like Hashimotos thyroid destruction. It is very specific. You can identify Hashimotos by the tale tell tissue destruction or an...
Board: Thyroid Disorders 01-03-2013, 07:38 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 5,631
Posted By mkgbrook
Re: Hyperthyroid Symptoms, normal TSH (0.41) & 3cm nodule - worried!

Not many symptoms now. My thyroid is dead or nearly so. I still have thousands of antibodies running about looking for trouble.

Initially I would go from hypoT to hyperT in the same day. ...
Board: Thyroid Disorders 01-03-2013, 03:06 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 5,631
Posted By mkgbrook
Re: Hyperthyroid Symptoms, normal TSH (0.41) & 3cm nodule - worried!

If I had to hazard a guess. I would strongly suspect Hashimoto's thyroiditis. It is suspected if medical research polling is to be believed that 12.7% of the population has it according to some of...
Board: Thyroid Disorders 01-03-2013, 02:57 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 5,631
Posted By mkgbrook
Re: Hyperthyroid Symptoms, normal TSH (0.41) & 3cm nodule - worried!

Any MD can order a Ft3 test. Including a nurse practitioner in one of the on the spot clinics. It is the rare endocrinologist that actually treats a thyroid patient. Most are diabetes specialists...
Board: Thyroid Disorders 01-03-2013, 02:47 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,098
Posted By mkgbrook
Re: Suggestions for First Doctor Visit?

Mayfly,

You just summed up at least one endocrinologist visit experience that we all have had. I strongly recommend never going back to that one... I fired five endos. I finally got treatment...
Board: Thyroid Disorders 01-03-2013, 02:15 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 635
Posted By mkgbrook
Re: can you explain different options.with.sideeffects?

My aunt N. has graves and rash and itching seemed to be linked to her l-carnitine levels. She supplements with l-carnitine and it keeps the rash side effect at bay. I would discuss this with your...
Board: Thyroid Disorders 01-03-2013, 12:59 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 3,077
Posted By mkgbrook
Re: I have multiple nodules on thyroid,I am wondering do I need a biopsy

I can say that my ENT recommends ultrasound guided FNA biopsy of all thyroid nodules that are 1 cm in diameter or larger. Mine are not quite there yet. 9 mm in diameter. Little annoying floating...
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