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Old 08-18-2009, 07:42 AM   #1
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General Thyroid Symptoms Question

hello, I have several blood test results with TSH levels at 4.62, 5.04, 5.17 and 5.9. My T4 levels have been in range at 1.1, 1.16, and 1.2. And only one of my test have T3 readings, and that was in range at 152. These tests range from 2004 to 2008 and my symptoms come and go. I have one test result with a TSH reading of 2.95. Sometimes lasting a couple days, and other times lasting longer than a month or so. And sometimes I go months feeling fine. But when I feel like it's acting up, I find myself getting agitated and irritated at little things that normally wouldn't and shouldn't bother me, especially at home. Sometimes I can't relax and get stressed out and there's usually no reason to get stressed out. I feel like I don't know what to do with myself. And sometimes I get like a tightness in my right forearm on the other side of my elbow. It seems to get like that when I get stressed out and irritable. It's very annoying and frustrating. For the longest time I had no idea what was wrong, if anything, and would get depressed about it. I finally stumbled upon thyroid issues and looked at my results and saw that I'd been out of range for a while. So now I have an appointment with an endocrinologist in October and hopefully that will help. Does this story sound familiar to anyone and has anyone gone through this also?

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Old 08-18-2009, 08:37 AM   #2
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Re: General Thyroid Symptoms Question

Your TSH is definitely hypo and I don't see the ranges listed for your Free T4 but I'm willing to bet you are in the bottom half of range. Your symptoms sound like Hashimoto's with the somewhat hyper mixed in with the hypo so make sure your endo checks your antibody levels (TPO-Ab and TG-AB). Also have him check your vitamin D, B12, and ferritin and try to get him to run a free T3 as well as another free T4. Your free T numbers really need to be in the top third of range to have adequate thyroid hormones. Also your irritability and stress might be from adrenal fatigue but most endos aren't keen on testing. You'll likely will need to get your own saliva cortisol test to check that.

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