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Old 12-08-2004, 05:08 PM   #1
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Question Question about bloodwork

Hi guys -

Just a quick question...

I received the requisition for my lab for my new bloodwork from my new endo. Here is what he's testing:

Free T4

Can anyone tell me what the last two measure? (I think I spelled them right..)

Also he wrote in the bottom right corner of the sheet "DX: Hashimotos disease"

Hashi is something my mom has, so I'm wondering if maybe he thinks that's what I have???

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Re: Question about bloodwork

Yes, he thinks you have Hashi's too. The tests are "antithyroperoxidase" and "antithyroglobulin". Those are the two antibodies associated with Hashi's.

He's doing the right tests, but see if you can humor him into doing a free T3 as well. He may not want to, especially if your insurance is a managed HMO-type plan. (Free T3 is probably the most costly of the lab tests, so sometimes they want to skimp.) Sometimes the TSH and free T4 can look pretty good, but if your FT3 is low, you'll still have symptoms. Anyway, it's good to know the baseline levels when beginning treatment.

Old 12-09-2004, 05:03 AM   #3
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Re: Question about bloodwork

Well, cost is an issue for me so maybe it's okay that he didn't do the FT3 yet. Maybe I'll ask him about that at the appointment if my results come back okay. But the way I understand things with my insurance is that as long as the tests are medically necessary, they'll cover it 100%.

Though I think I'll scream if he tells me everything looks "normal"

Thanks for the answer

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