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Old 09-11-2003, 10:55 AM   #1
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I have been researching out on the internet about Thyroid problems. I went to my Dr. two days ago for testing. The lower part of my throat is enlarged, and I performed the self test for an enlarged thyroid, and it is definately enlarged. I can barely breath, and I feel as if someone has their hand around my windpipe. I am some what confused because my TSH level is 1.41, and T4 is 10.4. T3 was not given to me. I have an ultrasound of my thyroid tomorrow, but my blood tests revel "normal" levels, per the Dr. What is going on? I have numerous symptoms of hypothyroidism, that is why I started researching. I am confused, and don't know how I should approach the Dr. Your advice would be appreciated.

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Old 09-11-2003, 01:40 PM   #2
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I can relate with your frustration regarding "normal" test results but having hypo symptoms. I experienced the same thing. Consider asking your Dr. to order an antibodies test. For me, this was the test which showed elevated levels and confirmed diagnosis of Hashimotos. My ultrasound found a small cyst which, too, can be related to the autoimmune process. My doctor dismissed my initial complaints and told me that my symptoms were not thyroid related. I switched doctors and finally received medication. Good luck to you as I can understand what you are going through.

Old 09-11-2003, 01:53 PM   #3
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What you want iis your free t3 and free t4 levels checked. Those, I am told that those along with the antibodies test are the most reliable. My doctor won't do that for me. He'll be gone at the end of the year. But my TSH alone was high enough to get me on synthroid. Hope this helps.Barb
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Old 09-12-2003, 10:23 AM   #4
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Ask for an ultrasound as well. I also had a relatively normal TSH 1.61. It was the ultrasound that found a small nodule and a mildly enlarged thyroid. In July my thyroid started to swell so I started taking 100 mcgs of selenium and it brought the swelling down in a few days. You may want to try to supplement yourself with the selenium, vitamin E, and zinc, as they work together. You might be amazed at how much better you feel. I know that I was.

Old 09-12-2003, 11:33 AM   #5
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Thank you for your replies. It helps talking with others.

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