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Old 02-06-2009, 11:35 AM   #1
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High TSH and Low T4 Lack Obvious Symptoms: Anyone else?


I'm posting for the first time here. I was recently told that I have hypothyroidism. I found this through routine bloodwork at an annual check-up. I am 38.
My TSH was 147 and then at retest: 68.
My T4 was .4
and T3 was normal.

I have none of the obvious symptoms of HT. No weight gain, no fatigue or hair loss of dry skin. The only things I do have are:
Night-time tingling and numbness in hands and feet

I also was having cramps but they went away about 3 months ago when I changed to a healthier diet.

That's it. Has anyone else experienced this? I can only find posts about people who have lots of symptoms.

I have not started on Synthroid (although my doc recommends it). I want to find out WHY I have this Thyroid issue. If it is caused by something else, I want to address that before I go immediately to meds.

I went to a naturopath, she said I have slightly low iron and zinc. And a slight Omega 3 deficiency. I also suspect sugar. And what about posture? My posture is not great. I'm working on that (I tend to shift my head forward and down).

Would love to hear comments.

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Old 02-07-2009, 08:13 PM   #2
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Re: High TSH and Low T4 Lack Obvious Symptoms: Anyone else?

I too have just been recently diagnosed and it was quite the surprise. I had no obvious symptoms and I too found out through routine blood work. My TSH was at 5.125 (normal range being 0.450 - 4.50). So, I am only a little hypo, but it is there. I am only 26 years old! And from what I know, no one in my family has this, as it can be genetic. I eat healthy, I don't drink or smoke and I excercise regularly (honest!) I don't understand why I have this either. I have the most common type, which is Hashimoto's Thyroiditis. It is when your immune system produces antibodies that attack your thyroid tissue. It is unclear why the body does this.

My doctor said there wasn't anything I could do naturally to help it and that it will get worse (over time) if I don't do anything about it. I am not keen on taking pills, but I have discovered this is something I have to do. I started taking Levothyroxine two weeks ago and am NOW experiencing symptoms. I am pretty tired and I can't concentrate as well. I have read a lot about Levothyroxine and I am thinking about switching to Synthroid, being that I am early on in treatment and the switch shouldn't be noticeable.

Oops, sorry for making this so long It feels good to know that I am not alone and to talk to others that are feeling the same way I do.

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