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Old 07-27-2006, 02:06 PM   #1
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Any lab result experts out there?

I got lab results from my endocrinologist's assistant. I thought it was interesting how she handed them to me on my wayout the door. The endo is fine, except he doesn't seem to talk very much. Anyway, I thought my labs don't make sense. Anyone out there who can interpret them?

FT4 2.56 (normal .89-1.76)
TSH ultra 2.02 (normal 0.34-4.82)
T3 Free 2.4 (2.2-4.0)

I'm on levothroid 37 mcg. Why is the T4 high and yet my TSH is in the normal range?

Maybe this explains why I am not really feeling well. My hair is still falling out. And my joints ache.

Incidentally, my estradiol level was 18 (normal only for post-menopausal) and I'm on a 50 mcg estradiol patch.

Anyone out there who might have any ideas about this, please comment.

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Old 07-27-2006, 02:17 PM   #2
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Re: Any lab result experts out there?

I would ask for a change to Armour. It seems to me that your body is not converting the T4 (med you are taking is T4 only) to T3. Your T4 is over the range and T3 is at the bottom.

Old 07-27-2006, 02:43 PM   #3
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Re: Any lab result experts out there?

Thanks for responding Shmily, but I tried Armour. I've been on a bunch of meds. First was Levoxyl. Then was Synthroid. Then I convinced a doctor to give me Armour. No real differences except that I didn't gain weight with the Armour. But I had side effects and especially heart palps.

The endo has recently added Cytomel to my regimen. Maybe that will help. But the heart palps are back.

Old 07-27-2006, 03:24 PM   #4
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Re: Any lab result experts out there?

I'm new at this but have you had your Iron checked? That might be the cause of the heart palps.

Old 07-27-2006, 11:42 PM   #5
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Re: Any lab result experts out there?

Try taking only 1/4th of the cytomel. It was the ticket for me!


Old 07-29-2006, 02:42 PM   #6
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Re: Any lab result experts out there?

I don't know about my iron levels. But because I don't have periods anymore, I think they're probably fine.

Tawnyjade, 1/4 of what dose of cytomel worked for you? The doctor gave me 25 mg, and I tried breaking them into 4ths. They don't break very well. But that seemed to do okay until I started getting the horrible joint pain. It seems I have two choices. Brain fog or joint pain. No normal in between.

I just wonder does anyone who has Hashimoto's and still has their thyroid feel great on their meds? A lot of the time, I actually feel worse than when I was first diagnosed.

Old 07-30-2006, 03:46 PM   #7
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Re: Any lab result experts out there?

Hi Everyone, Would someone who knows, comment on my recent labs? I was DX's Hypo 3 year ago with a TSH of 4.80 and placed on Synthroid 75mcg where I am today. I feel sooo much better since starting the Synthroid but recently started feeling depressed again and tired and achy. Labs done this week were:

TSH 2.19 (0.27-4.2)
FT3 2.9 (2.6-4.4)
FT4 l.52 (.7-1.7)

Dr. reports my thyroid test are excellent. Would someone verify this?

Also, in March I had test done while in Fla. TSH was 0.31 at that time. (I don't have a lab reference for norms from the lab there)

I have noticed that my TSH levels vary quite a bit in the past. Here is a picture of TSH levels from the lab that did my most current tests.

11/03 4.80
5/04 0.31
6/04 0.81
8/04 1.14
10/04 2.61 (confirmed as correct)
5/05 0.79
8/05 0.44
11/05 2.10
7/06 2.19

Can anyone tell me why the TSH levels fluctuate so much? I have always been on the same dose of Synthroid...75mcg....

Appreciate any input. Thanks so much...

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