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New Results -- Officially Hypo but will she treat me?

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Old 01-28-2005, 10:59 AM   #1
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New Results -- Officially Hypo but will she treat me?

I think I'm officially hypo, and I'm glad. Why? Because I have felt hypo for 2-1/2 years, but always came within the reference range. So no one would treat me. Here are my results, with reference ranges:

TSH = 3.180 (.35-5.50)
Free T4 = .82 (.61 - 1.76)
T3 Total = 107 (60-181)

Any thoughts/comments? I also got all my records from my endo., and they show the test of a year ago was positive for thyroid antibodies:

Thyroid peroxidase AB = 35.1 (<2)

As I have noted before, I have a heavy, heavy family history of hypoT and a sister with Hashi's.

My problem is one of the documents I saw in my file was a letter from my endo to my psy. dated 12/15/03 which stated "I consider a TSH greater than 4 abnormal. In recent studies, it did not appear that patients who had positive antithyroid antibodies benfited from thyroid hormone unless they were hypothyroid."

At that time, I was at TSH of 2.5, and she did not prescribe thyroid hormone.

I see her on Feb. 3. How should I approach her now that my TSH is over 3? I know for a fact that is the new AACE guideline.

HELP & advice are needed!

Thank you.

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Old 01-28-2005, 01:00 PM   #2
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Re: New Results -- Officially Hypo but will she treat me?

Take research with you, but really, you need to be treated because you have symptoms, not just because of the numbers. That's just not fair to you.

And other studies, MORE studies, show that normal people (IE not hypothyroid) have a TSH of 1 or less.

The more I read, the more grateful I am for my doctor who treats me by my symptoms - while also keeping track of my lab numbers.

Old 01-28-2005, 06:45 PM   #3
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Re: New Results -- Officially Hypo but will she treat me?

I've read in many places that if you have a TSH of over 2 and have symptoms then you should be treated for hypothyroid. But they did lower the numbers to 3. Your lab is running old standards. People feel comfortable at different levels and 2-3 for you could very well be abnormal for your body.

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