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Old 04-19-2008, 06:17 AM   #1
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New Doctor/new Labs


I have posted on this board before concerning my thyroid issues. Briefly, I was on Armour for 40 years and everything when hairwire back in December and in mid-March my doctor changed me to Synthroid. The Armour problem caused me to have heart palpitations and then when switched to Synthroid I have felt like I can barely function - so fatigued that I do nothing at all.

I finally was able to get an appointment with a well known endo in this area a couple of weeks ago. When I went to him I had increased my Synthroid from .50 mcg to .75 mcg with my doctor's approval. Although the whole time was very short having only started Synthroid on March 19th.
Shortly after increasing to .75 mcg my husband came down with a terrible flu which I also got and that has lasted about 2 1/2 weeks so far and I am still feeling so fatigued - probably from both flu and thyroid.

Anyway, the endo told me they have to go slowly with medication changes as to not cause more problems.

On this first part of the labs, I have a question - does this mean I have Hashi's? I had never even heard of it until I got on these boards. If so, did I probably have it from 40 years ago - I just remember they said I had thyroiditis back then.

Thyroid Peroxidase AB 14 Less than 35 IU/mL
Thyroglobulin AB 34 Less than 20 IU/mL
(Out of range)

Total T3 0.48 ng/mL LOW 0.70 -1.90
TSH 1.65 ulU/ml .34-4.82
T-UPTAKE 32 % 31-39
T4 9.7 ug/dl 4.7 - 13.3
FT1 3.10 % 1.46-5.20

When I called to get blood results and said I was still feeling so bad 4 days ago, the doctor did agree to increase me to .88. I have to wait until mid-May for blood work now. I have heard it takes at least 3 weeks to feel effects if there are any. I am wondering if I am converting - I see the T3 is low and after 40 years on Armour - my body didn't have to do that.
I like the doctor and they seem to be accessible and also had a thyroid scan yesterday.


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Old 04-19-2008, 06:29 AM   #2
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Re: New Doctor/new Labs

The proper name for hashis is hashimoto's thyroiditis. So, yes, you've had hashis all this time. There's several forms of thyroiditis. The other forms are usually temporary. There's other people on the board better than me in helping you with the answers on the hypo lab results but I did want to say I'm glad you've found someone who's working with you on this. I hope you feel better soon.

Old 04-19-2008, 06:58 AM   #3
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Re: New Doctor/new Labs

Thanks for the input. I guess when you have no problems for 40 years, you don't feel a need to learn. But, now - I really do, so I can understand. Still won't ever understand why things went bad after so many years of success - I was lucky, I guess.

Thanks again.

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