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Old 09-12-2003, 10:42 AM   #1
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I went to the Dr a couple of months ago for symptoms of hyperthyroidism. The Dr. did a general blood count along with a Thyroid test (I have yet to know which test he performed) and an EKG since I complained of heart palpitations as well as trouble sleeping, constant fatigue and several other typical hyperthyroid symptoms, which the Dr. agreed with. All the blood work came back negative, no sign of infection, no anemia, etc, etc and I have spent the last two months going to a cardiologist, which he referred me to, having tests run, only to find out basically there is nothing wrong with my heart. My cardiologist has repeatedly asked me if my Thyroid was tested, but he hasn't received the lab results from my referring physician.

I feel badly most days. I can't drink any caffiene and have been trying to avoid sugar and have been feeling a little better. As long as I can sleep as much as I need then I can function pretty well. Sometimes I just don't want to move and feel like I can't sleep enough.

I am quite frustrated. My question is: Are there some blood tests that are less accurate at diagnosing thyroid conditions? Which tests should I request? Any other advice you could give???

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Old 09-12-2003, 10:49 AM   #2
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The tests you want are Free T3, Free T4, and TSH.

Old 09-12-2003, 12:06 PM   #3
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Are thyroid disorders usually difficult to diagnose?

Old 09-12-2003, 01:25 PM   #4
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Yes and No. If you have a doctor that knows what he/she is doing, then NO. But if you have a ninkompoop for a doctor (and god knows we all have ran into them), then Yes it is hard to diagnose. It all boils down to the doctor.

Old 09-12-2003, 01:44 PM   #5
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Be sure and report your tests here. I went through the whole cardiology thing twice. Hey, it was my thyroid. Good luck. IWL

Old 09-15-2003, 05:43 AM   #6
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Thank you guys so much. I will definitely let you know how it goes. My next appointment is at the end of this month. I'm going to insist on a full thyroid panel. Its sad that I have to tell the doctor what tests to run. He didn't even want to check my blood sugar. Unfortunately, I live in the middle of West Virginia and am pretty limited on doctors. Thanks Again.

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