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Old 04-01-2011, 03:06 AM   #1
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I am 25 yrs old and For the last 2 months I've been dealing with severe anxiety, depression, and severe panic attacks that I can no longer control without taking medication to calm me down... I had my thyroid tested a little over a month ago because it was enlarged and the doctor I was seeing (mine was out of the country at the time) wanted to check it due to the symptoms I had. She ran a tsh, t4, t3, and tpo.. Results were tsh-1.67 (range 0.450-4.500) t4-1.11 (range 0.82-1.77) t3-28 (range 24-39) tpo-296 (range 0-34). I was referred to an endocrinologist who indicated hashimoto's, and said my thyroid had some irregularities when she did an ultrasound and a goiter. She said my symptoms were a separate cause and not thyroid related. She said I didn't need to come back but just get my tsh checked yearly. She went ahead and did another blood test for tsh levels and they came back .57... I'm feeling like crap still and can't understand why I have high thyroid antibodies, irregularities to my thyroid, and a drop in my tsh...Every time I go to the doctor they want to shove anti-depressants down my throat... I've been on 4 different ones and nothing is helping! My mom seems to think maybe I don't need them! The only thing that keeps me in a decent mood is Xanax.. I only use it once a day and 95% of the time I go to sleep on it, and I told my dr I don't want Xanax to make me feel better! I feel like I am being poisoned with unnecessary drugs! Did anyone have to fight to get diagnosed?

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Re: Thyroid tests "normal" but I still feel crappy!

Your mother is right.

It seems so many people had to fight to get diagnosed - you can read some of the stories about this in the personal stories section on here.

You are clearly hypo. How do I know this? By looking at your FreeT4 level (you posted it as "T4" but I can tell it's the better FreeT4 test based upon the ranges).

Your FreeT4 level is a measurement of your actual thyroid hormones - a more accurate indicator of thyroid function vs. pituitary hormone TSH.

Most people feel/function best with FreeT4 levels in the upper third of the range, if not higher.

Your level is below have obvious hypothyroid symptoms.

Please continue to doctor-shop until you find one that will Rx levothyroxine for you - it's obvious you need it.

One way to find a "with-it" doctor is to call your pharmacy and get contact info for doctors that Rx Armour and/or Cytomel. These are both thyroid hormone replacement meds that "with-it" doctors Rx.

You could also ask anyone and everyone you know if they know of any "good" doctors for treating the thyroid.

After dealing with 3 clueless endos and a clueless GP, I found a "with-it" internist via my nail tech.

Best of luck to you - please keep us posted.
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Re: Thyroid tests "normal" but I still feel crappy!

The endo you saw is like most of them in regards to thyroid disease. Never assume that just any endo will give you a diagnosis and treatment. There are a few apples in that barrel who aren't rotten, but they are extremely rare. I saw an endo when my primary would not give me a diagnosis. To her credit, she did give me the diagnosis, based on positive antibodies and symptoms; but she employs only one treatment from which she won't deviate, and it didn't work for me. I moved on to a thyroid-experienced family practice doc and am getting everything I need from him.

Thyroid diagnoses are not black and white. You need to find an MD who understands all the shades of gray and who will interpret your test results with an open mind. Don't quit looking until you find that one.

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Re: Thyroid tests "normal" but I still feel crappy!

I went ahead and got my thyroid tests from the past 5 years from my doctor.... Here are the results....

-TSH: 1.016 (range 0.350-5.500)
-Thyroxine (t4): 9.4 (range 4.5-12.0)

-TSH: 1.047 (range 0.350-5.500)

Feb 21, 2011
-TSH: 1.670 (range 0.450-4.500)
-T4,Free(direct): 1.11 (range 0.82-1.77)
-T3 Uptake: 28 (range 24-39)
-Thyroid peroxidase(TPO)Ab: 296 (range 0-34)

March 7,2011
-TSH: 1.470 (range 0.450-4.500)
-T4, Free(Direct): 1.70 (range 0.82-1.77)
-Thyroid peroxidase(TPO)Ab: 286 (range 0-34)

March 22,2011
-TSH: 0.57 (range 0.450-4.500)

And I can't get answers to why I feel like crap! Anyone have experience with these numbers? I was told to go see a shrink and my levels are non related to thyroid..

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