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Old 05-05-2006, 07:16 PM   #1
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thyroid levels

Hi Everyone,

There are a few things about this I don't understand. I was wondering if I could get your opinions since you all seem so knowledgeable. I a newly diagnosed with hypo. First test results (January 2006) were TSH 11.62 and all other tests in normal ranges. Given 50mcg of levothyroxine. After returning for follow up bloodwork, (March 2006) these were my new results:

TSH 27.71
T3 Uptake 23.5 (27.6 -40.7)
TOTAL T4 7.6 (4.5-12.0)
T4 Free Calculated 1.79 (1.53 -3.85 Units)
Morning temps 95.1
Evening temps 96.7

My meds were increased to 100mcg and I was referred to an endo. Why did the numbers increase after starting meds? Does the increased tsh and decreased t3 mean that I just needed a higher dosage of meds or is it indicative of Hashimoto's. I do not see any antibody test results on my form. I have appointment with endo on Wednesday, but if its possible I would like a few opinions from people who are actually feeling the way I do. You know, exhaustion, on edge, crying, depression and horrible weight gain. Thanks for any help you can give.

ps my mom had her thyroid removed 45 years ago due to thyroid "storm". I don't actually know what this means, but she never took thyroid replacement so apparently they left some of her thyroid intact.

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Old 05-06-2006, 09:42 AM   #2
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Re: thyroid levels

You need to remember that you're just getting started with treatment, and that it will take several months or longer to find an optimal dose. Your levels can fluctuate all over the map until you get to that point.

I want to point out that you have not had a "T3" test. "T3 uptake" has nothing to do with your T3; it's an antiquated way of measuring T4 by using T3 from a test tube.

There's no way to know if you have Hashimoto's without antibody tests, and even then, 10 - 20% of those with Hashi's don't test positive for the ABs.

"Thyroid storm" is a surge of T4 from an overactive thyroid gland (hyperthyroid), or from overmedication for hypoT. The fact that she had a thyroid problem at all and you do as well strongly suggests that both of your problems may be autoimmune - perhaps Graves' disease for her and Hashimoto's for you. No way to know without the antibody tests, however.

I hope you'll be feeling better soon. Just give it time, and ask questions if you need to.

Old 05-06-2006, 09:49 PM   #3
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Re: thyroid levels

Thanks for taking the time to reply. I have an appointment with an endo on Wednesday (I heard she is great). Hopefully she won't be in a hurry, because I have a million questions and am not shy about asking them. Once again, thanks for the reply.

Old 05-09-2006, 05:30 AM   #4
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Re: thyroid levels

hi i am new here and will post my stuff in a little whiel but I have similar mine has gone up since being on meds

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