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    Old 04-10-2016, 07:52 AM   #1
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    Question TSH Levels and T4 Free

    I just received my tests results.... TSH 5.44 and T4 Free 0.66

    They have been telling for the last for the last year that its celiac disease because of the symptoms... i.e. fatigue, not sleeping, tingling and numbness in my fingers and toes. I can barely make it through the day. I get off work and all I do is go home shower and go to bed, I've gained 75 pounds in the last 3 years and no matter what I do I can't lose it. They are also saying since I'm 49 it's all menopausal.... Like its just in my head....

    I was hoping that someone could help me out on how to explain to the doc how i'm feeling? Are those numbers high? borderline? low? Please advise!!!

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    Old 04-10-2016, 09:57 AM   #2
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    Re: TSH Levels and T4 Free

    What is the lab range for the free T4? Your result has to be compared to that in order to make sense of it.
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    Re: TSH Levels and T4 Free

    Also, your TSH is pretty high. I'd be feeling sick with a TSH as high as yours. It really shouldn't be anything more than about 1 or 2.

    NEVER let a doctor tell you something is all in your head. My experience with doctors is that they will almost always try to take the easy way out instead of spending time and effort to get a real diagnosis. The typical end result of a case like yours is a prescription for anti-depressants, which will do absolutely nothing for you. They're addictive and they don't perform any better than placebo, recent research has shown.

    If you are menopausal, your symptoms are not in your head. They are in your hormones, and this can be treated. If you are hypothyroid, which you might well be with a TSH that high, your symptoms are not in your head. They are in your thyroid, and they can be treated.

    If your doctor won't take you seriously, go somewhere else.

     
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    Old 04-10-2016, 11:21 AM   #4
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    Re: TSH Levels and T4 Free

    The standard range that they are using is 0.61-1.76 NG/dl

     
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    I agree with everything Sadtosay says. You're going to have to find a new doctor. The one you have doesn't recognize hypothyroidism when it's smacking him straight in the face.
    We believe you, and we would treat those levels ASAP. Don't give up till you get your diagnosis!
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    Old 04-10-2016, 05:30 PM   #6
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    Re: TSH Levels and T4 Free

    Do you know what the lab's range for TSH is? It may be that your lab is using an outdated range (mine does), which may be confusing your doctor. There is some controversy in the medical profession as to where the cut-off for a diagnosis of thyroid disease lies, based on TSH numbers. Some say 3.0, some say 5.0. But even so, 5.44 lies outside even the higher cut-off point for a diagnosis.

    Did you get a paper copy of your test results? It would be a good idea to get a copy of this and all future test results. You might even see that your TSH is noted as outside the so-called "normal" range, which would be something you could at least show your doctor.

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