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Old 05-08-2006, 09:20 PM   #1
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Thyroid Test

Hi everyone,

I'm a 46 year old male and i was diagnosed with Hypothyroidism about 6 years ago. Anyways i've been reading this website for awhile. but to tell you the truth i don't know what my doctor been testing for i know thyroid but i don't know if it's t3, t4 or if they are free t3 and free t4 or what. If i remember i want them to give me the results on paper for i can look at them. Maybe you can help me. What questions should i be asking him? Or is it that important what he checks for?

I still have very dry skin and dry hair other then that i feel pretty good. And i take 112mg of Levothyroxine. footnote both my mother and my sister has Hypothyroidism.

Thanks so much! Ken

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Old 05-09-2006, 03:55 PM   #2
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Re: Thyroid Test

the typical tests for thyroid panels are tsh, free t3 and free t4.

you past lab tests dont need to be a mystery to you - i recommend you contact your lab or your doctors office (whichever one is easier to deal with) for copies of all your labwork. its your right to have that information.

besides, if you've been treated for 6 years you would probably benefit from seeing all those labs to see if your thyroid hormone has been slowly decreasing (i would hope a doc would notice, but i dont have much faith in them) which would explain your dry skin/hair perhaps. perhaps you need a little medication increase. by seeing your old labs and comparing them to recent labs, you'd be able to see that.

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