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Old 09-13-2003, 06:34 AM   #1
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Post Meep or others - Pls may I have your interpretation of labs?

The endo found a nodule on my right lobe that is 7 X 8 X 18 mm of a total 15 x 16 x 30 mm size lobe.

Here are my labs:

T4 (Thyroxine) = 10.4 Range (4.4-12.5)
T7 = 2.51 Range (1.05-3.85)
TSH = 1.4 Range (0.3-5.1)
Free T4 = 1.04 Range (0.61-1.76)
Total T3 = 175 Range (90-200)
Thyroid Peroxidase<10 Range(<35)
T3 uptake = 24.1 Range(20-38.5)
DHEA sulfate = 32 Range(35-430)
ANA Antibodies = Neg
Prolactin = 9 Range(2.0-27)
Cortisol = 24 Range(7-25)
ATCH = 37 Range(6-58)
C-Peptide = 1.9 Range(1.1-5.0)

Can you give me a diagnosis?? He put me on Synthroid (to try to shrink the nodule?? - so am I hypothyroid? (I did gain 50+ lbs in the last year - but have mixed symptoms....

Thank you SO very much - I am scared...


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Old 09-13-2003, 07:10 AM   #2
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What about a RAIU ...a nodule means have to see what happens with this nodule it axtive or not?? giving you synthroid because of a nodule IMO is not right...your blood tests look good to me...
I would consider you making a RAIU to get more info about the nodule.

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Old 09-13-2003, 08:02 AM   #3
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I have just been diagnosed with hypo myself and there's alot that I still don't know about the disease, but my antibodies came back neg. and I have a nodule and goiter my tsh came back hypo tho, he started me on synthroid. Is this your only tsh that you have had? The reason I ask is before I started meds. my tsh would fluctuate once it was 18 and when I was diagnosed it was almost 8. What are your symptoms?

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My TSH fluctuates too - and Ft4 tends toward the low end in previous tests....

over the past 4-5 years:
Prior tests TSH 0.59 1.2 0.7 0.4 1.4
Prior FT4 0.6, 1.1, 1.04

My symptoms are:
extreme fatigue
50+ lbs weight gain over a year and unable to lose it
constipation (w/ IBS that used to be the other way! until last yr)
very hot and sweaty
hair loss
hoarse voice
TERRIBLE time CONCENTRATING - this is affecting my job -
Memory lapses
No libido
Increased snoring
heart pounding
High blood pressure
dry stinging eyes
loss of interest in everything....

Okay - I probably could go on and on - they are testing me for menoapausal stuff too (I'm 38 but have only one ovary and the other one had to be removed in 1992. - so the sweating could be hot flashes)

THANK YOU for your help!!!


Old 09-13-2003, 02:58 PM   #5
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You are hypothyroid, likely by your tests, although it would be useful to see a free t3 test to make sure. Your FT4 is too low within the range, and your T3 uptake (although really an anachronistic number) is pretty low.

Your DHEA Sulfate is low. This would likely indicate an impending adrenal problem, since this is perhaps the major substance produced by the adrenals (cortisol being #2). It would be useful given your cortisol value compared to your DHEA value that additional testing be performed, like an ACTH stim test or timed "spit tests". Anyway, I would suggest if you went out and see if you can find say 25mg time-released DHEA or 7-keto DHEA and try it and see if you get to feeling somewhat better from that.

In addition with these numbers (DHEA, FT4) compared with your TSH, I would consider the possibility of hypopituitarism from looking at these tests. Getting to see a TRH test would be very useful in opening up possibilities in what could be happening.

HTH some.

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