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    Old 09-03-2007, 11:42 PM   #1
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    Where do I go from here?

    Hi all,

    These are my labs AGAIN!

    TSH .65 (.38-6.15)

    TSH .87 (.35-5.5)

    TSH .793 (.35-5.5)
    Total T3 98 (85-205)

    TSH 1.45 (.35-5.5)
    FT3 310 (230-4 2 0)
    FT4 .96 (.61-1.76)
    TPO 21.8 (0-35)

    These are the new numbers that I paid for myself.

    TSH 1.516 (.35-5.5)
    Free T3 2.5 (2.3-4.2)
    Free T4 .97 (.61-1.76)

    Total T4 5.7 (4.5-12)
    T3 Uptake 32 (24-39)
    Free Thyroxine Index 1.8 (1.2-4.9)

    TPO Ab 21 (0-34)
    Antithyroglobulin Ab (Tg Ab) 22 (0-40)

    Ferritin 24 (10-291)

    I had everything reviewed by a naturopathic doctor, The initials after his name are ND., so I figured this would be a different viewpoint. He does not agree with what is posted here so I thought I would put it out for comment!

    These were his comments:

    While I typically look at thyroid function from an "alternative" viewpoint, I
    still don't suspect it to be a major issue in your case, based on the laboratory
    results you submitted. If anything, your TSH levels are desirable where they are,
    and do not make me suspicious of secondary hypothyroidism. Also, the TPO showing a
    low level is common
    , and shouldn't lead to any hypothyroid symptoms. Furthermore,
    to answer your questions, you shouldn't be concerned about ferritin being on the
    low end of the normal range
    , as this test is very sensitive, and would be lower if
    iron deficiency was an issue. Also, there is no connection between a contrast dye
    allergy and thyroid disease-many people experience this reaction, and it is not
    the iodine itself that people react to, but other chemicals within the dye.

    More likely than thyroid disease in your case is an adrenal hormone
    insufficiency-hair loss, fatigue, brain fog, and mood changes all point to this as
    a strong possibility. Ideally, you will want to have your adrenal hormones
    (cortisol and DHEA) tested, preferably through the saliva.

    Has anyone had this done? Testing of the adrenal hormones?

    Am I at a roadblock again? I'm just not sure which way to turn....or just give up! Hoppy

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    Old 09-04-2007, 02:52 AM   #2
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    Re: Where do I go from here?

    I've done the 24-hour cortisol saliva test. Ran around $140. The hardest part is filling the tube. You'd think it'd be easier to come up with all that saliva, but nooo. My test came back as borderline adrenal fatigue, showing a huge dip in cortisol levels between 12-2.

    As for the ferritin level, you might consider going over to the Anemia board on here and talking to those folks. While you most likely don't have anemia, they're also well-versed in iron deficiency and can give you better insight as to what you should ask your drs and what the next steps should be.

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