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Board: Thyroid Disorders 09-17-2018, 01:02 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,122
Posted By midwest1
Re: Help! Understanding Thyroid Results

A TSH level for the average healthy person hovers near 1.0. So yours is already suspiciously high, even if it's within range.

I would need to know more about your T4 test to comment on that. ...
Board: Thyroid Disorders 08-11-2018, 07:31 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 479
Posted By midwest1
Re: Endo said to get blood test before taking daily Synthroid

That's right. The rush of T4 from the pill into the blood before it reaches cells can deceptively appear as an excessive dose and can cause a clueless MD to inappropriately and unnecessarily reduce...
Board: Thyroid Disorders 08-09-2018, 08:13 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 683
Posted By midwest1
Re: Thyroid blood test of tsh

LouAnn... I see a comment made by you in another thread that you've had RAI.
Ordinarily, that TSH in a case like yours would mean that your replacement dose of thyroid hormone is too high -...
Board: Thyroid Disorders 06-25-2018, 08:48 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,214
Posted By midwest1
Re: Hashi + Graves

The higher FT4 might indeed be caused by the exogenous T4 dose, more especially so if you took that dose within 4 hours before the blood draw.
So all in all, your thyroid hormone levels might be...
Board: Thyroid Disorders 06-22-2018, 12:47 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 589
Posted By midwest1
Re: Thyroid Help

Thyroid cancer doesn't show up in lab results. Many thyroid cancer patients have perfectly normal blood levels of hormones.

You should be concerned, though, if you have nodules bigger than 1...
Board: Thyroid Disorders 06-22-2018, 12:40 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,779
Posted By midwest1
Re: Rash after 23 days on Methimazole

If you were only just told less than a month ago that you needed to take methimazole for something you don't feel a need for, DO NOT rush into radio-iodine ablation of your thyroid gland without more...
Board: Thyroid Disorders 06-22-2018, 12:27 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,214
Posted By midwest1
Re: Hashi + Graves

It sounds as if your Hashi's has morphed into Graves'. It does happen.. I've seen professional articles that suggest the same autoimmune process is involved... That Hashi's and Graves' are...
Board: Blood and Blood Vessel 05-31-2018, 12:39 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 736
Posted By midwest1
Re: Please help am worrying

I'm sorry you're in this situation of having to worry about your child.

Blood is a complicated subject. Even though I have my own blood disease that I understand well, there are many others I...
Board: Thyroid Disorders 04-30-2018, 10:20 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 599
Posted By midwest1
Re: Please HELP with labs!

You have better proof of autoimmune hypothyroidism than antibody tests. Antibody tests can be false-negative up to 20% of the time. You have actual images that prove your gland is sustaining...
Board: Thyroid Disorders 04-24-2018, 02:52 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 852
Posted By midwest1
Re: Confusing labs, feel awful

Your TSH is low because you take exogenous T3 in the form of Cytomel. Doctors simply will not believe the fact that T3 suppresses TSH with a four-fold effect above that of T4-only (levothyroxine). ...
Board: Thyroid Disorders 04-22-2018, 08:23 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 615
Posted By midwest1
Re: Thyroid Nodule U/S states suspicion of Hoshi’s

The nodules aren't necessarily a marker for Hashi's. Many people who have Hashi's don't have nodules, and many people without Hashi's have them.
Your ultrasound most likely revealed the changes...
Board: Thyroid Disorders 04-10-2018, 07:26 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,697
Posted By midwest1
Re: hyper thyroid and don't know where to start?

You may have what's called "postpartum hyperthyroidism". The hormone fluctuations from pregnancy and delivery triggered antibodies that caused it. You didn't "do" anything, nor could you have...
Board: Thyroid Disorders 04-02-2018, 01:13 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 817
Posted By midwest1
Re: confused about Free T4

Are you taking thyroid hormone at present? If so, what kind? Levothyroxine (Synthroid-type) or desiccated porcine (Armour-type)?

If you're not in treatment, you may be showing signs/symptoms of...
Board: Thyroid Disorders 04-02-2018, 12:10 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 817
Posted By midwest1
Re: confused about Free T4

Is that a typo that should actually be .8 (8/10ths)? You probably wouldn't be able to communicate if it was .08 (8 hundredths).

If it's .8, it would be the lowest in-range level on a typical...
Board: General Health 03-28-2018, 09:31 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 425
Posted By midwest1
Re: Headache/Nausea Many things ruled out

This might sound off the wall, but there was actually a case like this here a few years ago.
Is your mom using any gas-fired appliances in her home? Stove, furnace, water heater, gas-fired...
Board: Heart Disorders 12-09-2017, 08:45 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 777
Posted By midwest1
Re: anger after bypass surgery

Feelings of depression and anger are quite common following bypass surgery. It's unclear why it happens. For most people, it clears up within 3 months. It happened to my husband, who has always...
Board: Thyroid Disorders 12-06-2017, 09:57 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,536
Posted By midwest1
Re: Anyone taking Naturethroid

The conversion is slightly skewed high. NT's 2.25 grains is somewhere in the 167 mcg Synthroid area. But your labs surely don't say you're overmedicated. Quite the opposite. So hang in there for...
Board: Acid Reflux / GERD 11-20-2017, 05:38 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,274
Posted By midwest1
Re: Acid relflux, Zantac barely working. Thoughts?

Zantac and other drugs in its class have had the reputation for years to be only so-so effective. That's why the PPIs got so much attention when they were introduced as the best replacement for the...
Board: Acid Reflux / GERD 11-20-2017, 09:17 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,274
Posted By midwest1
Re: Acid relflux, Zantac barely working. Thoughts?

One simple, documented non-drug trick is to chew gum. Mint can be a reflux trigger, so non-minty flavors might be best. The chewing stimulates the frequent swallowing of acid-neutrilizing saliva. ...
Board: Thyroid Disorders 11-12-2017, 10:34 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,069
Posted By midwest1
Re: Do my symptoms match a thyroid problem?

The list of possible thyroid symptoms/signs numbers in the dozens. No one has every single one of them, so not having weight changes wouldn't be unusual. It's a myth that they would be a sure...
Board: Thyroid Disorders 11-03-2017, 02:43 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 586
Posted By midwest1
Re: extreme fatigue

The levothyroxine you take is a lab-created version of one of the same hormones that your body must have and that your own thyroid gland would be making if it were able to. It doesn't cause fatigue...
Board: Thyroid Disorders 11-01-2017, 06:38 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 479
Posted By midwest1
Re: Armour and SAD

Some people need higher doses of replacement thyroid hormone in the winter. You very well may be one of them.
No, the Armour would not directly "cause" SAD, but an insufficient dose might allow it...
Board: Thyroid Disorders 10-31-2017, 07:29 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 515
Posted By midwest1
Re: tsh good but feel hyper

An MD who wants to force someone to take more hormone than makes them feel well in order to justify a number on the lab sheet is every bit as bad as one who won't allow a patient to have more when...
Board: Thyroid Disorders 10-30-2017, 08:41 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 996
Posted By midwest1
Re: Dr Said T3 was high Proscribed Synthroid but..

I sympathize. My experience was very much the same.

All I can tell you is that natural prescription thyroid hormone replacement has not caused that reaction for me. It can be very difficult to...
Board: Thyroid Disorders 10-28-2017, 08:45 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 721
Posted By midwest1
Re: : HYPERTHYROIDISM ? Help me indetifying supplements which caused it !?

I'm equally sure the supplements are not your problem. If it were so easy to raise the levels of thyroid hormones with over-the-counter products, there wouldn't be nearly as many untreated...
Board: Thyroid Disorders 10-28-2017, 08:40 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 996
Posted By midwest1
Re: Dr Said T3 was high Proscribed Synthroid but..

I had a similar "hyper-reaction" to Synthroid. I've seen the same situation here on the board a couple of other times, but it's not too common.

My TSH was 7 while untreated. The lowest dose of...
Board: Thyroid Disorders 10-13-2017, 10:54 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 859
Posted By midwest1
Re: Help me help my daughter

I've been recommending the "ask the pharmacist" method for years. When I finally had to resort to it myself, it wasn't successful.
Board: Thyroid Disorders 10-13-2017, 09:50 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 859
Posted By midwest1
Re: Help me help my daughter

I have an adult daughter in her mid-forties who has been proven to be hypothyroid. She started treatment sometime around 2005 but didn't stick with it for long and has gone untreated since. When...
Board: Thyroid Disorders 10-06-2017, 10:13 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,398
Posted By midwest1
Re: Normal TSH with elevated Free T4. What Does it Mean???

FT4 as much above range as that could easily account for your anxiety and depression.

There's a condition called "Hashitoxicosis" that could explain it. The antibodies responsible for...
Board: General Health 10-05-2017, 07:15 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 362
Posted By midwest1
Re: Low Ferritin/Not Anemic - dizziness

Has your thyroid function been tested? Low ferritin and/or iron and most of your symptoms are common in hypothyroidism. If you have it, it can be easily treated and could even make the surgery...
Board: Blood and Blood Vessel 10-05-2017, 07:03 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 598
Posted By midwest1
Re: bernard soulier..what is it?

This may answer your question...

https://ghr.nlm.nih.gov/condition/bernard-soulier-syndrome

As one with an unusual blood condition to another, best of luck.
Board: Thyroid Disorders 10-04-2017, 08:43 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 520
Posted By midwest1
Re: Possible thyroid issue after extensive radiation to throat for Stage IV cancer

Because mainstream MDs are taught that the TSH level is 100% truthful, you'll probably have trouble getting one of them to prescribe thyroid hormone for you. But I would agree that those low-end...
Board: Thyroid Disorders 10-04-2017, 08:32 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 873
Posted By midwest1
Re: maybe hypothyroidism? want opinions from those WITH hypo

I had multiple symptoms, including dizziness, when I first asked for a screening TSH test. That MD actually refused me the test until I insisted on it. When it came back at 4.83, he said it was...
Board: Thyroid Disorders 10-04-2017, 08:15 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 815
Posted By midwest1
Re: Could this be hypothyroidism?

All of those symptoms can be related to hypothyroidism, including vitamin deficiencies.

You need to have TSH and free T4 measured, at the least. If TSH is above 2 and/or free T4 is below lab...
Board: Thyroid Disorders 09-29-2017, 08:54 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 690
Posted By midwest1
Re: How does this Lifestyle result in this TSH?

Familial thyroid disease has nothing to do with lifestyle. It's in your genes. Whether a person with that genetic predisposition develops it or not depends on luck.
Board: Thyroid Disorders 09-27-2017, 10:06 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 503
Posted By midwest1
Re: Thyroid removed and getting spider veins

Those two things wouldn't be connected. See your GP or perhaps, a dermatologist.
Board: Thyroid Disorders 09-21-2017, 08:48 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 626
Posted By midwest1
Re: Please help with lab results

If I were you, I'd try to talk my way out of the uptake scan so you can keep breastfeeding. It's not strictly necessary. Don't give in to that if it isn't what you want yet.

To manage symptoms...
Board: Thyroid Disorders 09-20-2017, 12:30 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 471
Posted By midwest1
Re: Help with results?

They look okay to me. TSH is perfect and T4/3 are near lab medians.
High TPO just explains the reason why you're hypothyroid, and positive ANA might be due solely to the high TPOs. Hopefully,...
Board: Thyroid Disorders 09-20-2017, 12:23 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 589
Posted By midwest1
Re: Strange change to my NatureThroid prescription

Your instincts are right. It's better for natural dessicated thyroid to be steadily dosed day to day, because of the T3 component in it.

Levothyroxine meds provide just the "storage" hormone T4...
Board: Thyroid Disorders 09-19-2017, 07:25 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 731
Posted By midwest1
Re: Hashimoto's/Perimenopause

The Hashi's has not caused anything for you except thyroid failure. If your thyroid hormones are being appropriately replaced for your body's needs, it will be as if you didn't have Hashi's.
...
Board: Thyroid Disorders 09-16-2017, 01:18 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 488
Posted By midwest1
Re: Cancer- Pheochromocytoma?

Thyroid cancer begins within thyroid nodules. The easiest and best way to screen for it is with a thyroid ultrasound exam. If you don't have thyroid nodules over 1 cm in size, you don't have...
Board: Thyroid Disorders 09-14-2017, 12:58 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 578
Posted By midwest1
Re: New to thyroid issues

In the same way that you have one shoe size within the standard range that fits your foot, you have T4/T3/TSH levels that are your normal when you're healthy.

With Hashimoto's, TSH isn't all...
Board: Thyroid Disorders 09-05-2017, 11:27 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 729
Posted By midwest1
Re: Thyroid Symptoms have returned!!! Help

I have no doubt you need an increased dose. People who take Armour nearly always have TSH well below 1. My own hasn't been higher than .02 in more than 13 years. Your TSH would even be too high if...
Board: Women's Health 09-03-2017, 11:24 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 473
Posted By midwest1
Re: 3 doctors and still no answer! Vaginal pain

One possible answer is something known as "vulvar vestibulitis", which causes your kind of pain of seemingly unknown origin. When doctors are trained to look for infectious causes, they very often...
Board: General Health 09-02-2017, 10:11 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 525
Posted By midwest1
Re: Drug Testing at PCP Office.

They aren't picking on you specifically. Your doctor is complying with the state Prescription Monitoring Program guidelines.
Board: Thyroid Disorders 08-30-2017, 05:56 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 897
Posted By midwest1
Re: Iodine deficiency and hypothyroidism

Most people need FT4 (and FT3) to be at least lab median to feel well. If the upper limit of your range is in the 1.5-ish area [just a guess], median of that range would be 1.1. (To find your...
Board: Thyroid Disorders 08-30-2017, 08:23 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 756
Posted By midwest1
Re: Hashimoto's and Diet

Merely adjusting the TSH level to any location within the reference range will not restore health to a hypothyroid patient. The levels of free T4 and free T3 must be raised to levels that fill the...
Board: Thyroid Disorders 08-30-2017, 08:10 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 897
Posted By midwest1
Re: Iodine deficiency and hypothyroidism

TSH of 2.2 may not be "normal".
What is the reference range for free T4? The most common range used has a low of .8. If that's the range used for your test, it's inadequate for most of the...
Board: Thyroid Disorders 08-30-2017, 08:03 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 498
Posted By midwest1
Re: TSH high, post-ablation, hyperthyroid symptoms?

TSH is irrelevent for you at this stage. Is the endo checking your levels of free T4 and free T3? Those are the hormones responsible for hyper-/hypo- symptoms. There are a number of things that...
Board: Thyroid Disorders 08-27-2017, 10:54 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,510
Posted By midwest1
Re: Thyroid diagnosis elusive

The tests are called anti-TPO (thyroperoxidase) and anti-TG (thyroglobulin). Positive results for either or both would indicate Hashimoto's thyroiditis, which is the most common cause of...
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