It appears you have not yet Signed Up with our community. To Sign Up for free, please click here....

Thyroid Disorders Message Board

Frustrated... Docs says tests normal...

Post New Thread   Closed Thread
LinkBack Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 07-30-2012, 01:35 PM   #1
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: California
Posts: 3
ktsend HB User
Unhappy Frustrated... Docs says tests normal...

Below are my thyroid tests. I have a goiter & nodules, ultra sound shows no changes, 1 biopsy that was negative. I take Armour Thyroid 90mg, 1x a day. Doctor's say these tests are normal. The last couple years I have had problems with energy, dry skin among other symptoms and I started gaining weight earlier this year. I have gained 30lbs in 5 months despite diet and exercise. I have been on the same dose for 10 years. Anybody have suggestions to overcome lingering hypothyroid symptoms or thyroid support supplements?

TSH (0.30-5.27 uIU/mL) 0.42
Free T4 (0.9-1.8 ng/dL) 0.93
Total T3 (87-167 ng.dL) 90

TSH (0.30-5.27 uIU/mL) 1.28
Free T4 (0.9-1.8 ng/dL) 0.85
Total T3 (87-167 ng.dL) 71

TSH (0.30-5.27 uIU/mL) .46
Free T4 (0.9-1.8 ng/dL) 0.97
Total T3 (87-167 ng.dL) 87

TSH (0.30-5.27 uIU/mL) 3.37
Free T4 (0.9-1.8 ng/dL) 1.06
Free T3 (2.3-4.2 pg/mL) 2.71
Thyroid Perox AutoAb (<35 IU/mL) 22

Sponsors Lightbulb
Old 07-30-2012, 01:40 PM   #2
Senior Veteran
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: USA
Posts: 3,487
sammy64 HB Usersammy64 HB Usersammy64 HB Usersammy64 HB Usersammy64 HB Usersammy64 HB Usersammy64 HB Usersammy64 HB Usersammy64 HB Usersammy64 HB Usersammy64 HB User
Re: Frustrated...Docs says tests normal....

So sorry to hear of your struggles!

It never ceases to amaze me that some doctors prescribe Armour yet don't seem to be aware of the prescribing instructions.

If you look at the treatment section on the Armour website, you will see that Armour is indicated as a pituitary TSH suppressant.

This means that people who are optimally medicated on Armour will have suppressed (below-range) TSH.

Thyroid textbooks indicate that healthy people have TSH 1.0-1.5 so, your most recent TSH level is higher than that, let alone be one that's appropriate for someone taking Armour.

I'm happy to see you're finally getting a FreeT3 test done. I don't know a single person who would feel good with your most recent level (and the same applies for your FreeT4 level).

You need a higher Armour dose.
Graves' 2007...remission 2009....hypo 2010

The Following User Says Thank You to sammy64 For This Useful Post:
ktsend (07-30-2012)
Old 07-30-2012, 03:05 PM   #3
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: California
Posts: 3
ktsend HB User
Re: Frustrated...Docs says tests normal....

I feel like more medication is needed, but no one will listen. Thanks, I feel better knowing I am not going crazy. Guess, I will be searching for a new doctor that will manage Armour Thyroid. 5 doctor's in a couple years.

The following user gives a hug of support to ktsend:
midwest1 (07-31-2012)
Closed Thread

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Board Replies Last Post
Super frustrated ... but still smilin :) snuggabuggaboo Thyroid Disorders 2 07-20-2010 05:56 PM
New to all this & frustrated IHateUThyroid Thyroid Disorders 4 07-03-2010 05:53 AM
Normal tests with symptoms... frustrated, lost, depressed buckerine11 Thyroid Disorders 6 10-26-2009 02:54 PM
beyond frustrated phatgirl621 Thyroid Disorders 8 02-07-2009 02:23 PM
Newly diagnosed HyperT & frustrated! nutty70 Thyroid Disorders 9 10-16-2008 06:19 AM
Frustrated And Confused binks Thyroid Disorders 11 02-07-2006 09:18 AM
Lab results...confused, angry, frustrated...please help sunishah18 Thyroid Disorders 6 06-02-2004 06:25 PM
Frustrated and discouraged newbie-tests normal , but something is wrong! akanick Thyroid Disorders 7 09-27-2003 02:29 PM
Frustrated and now angry flag93 Thyroid Disorders 3 09-25-2003 11:59 PM
Frustrated ENUFISENUF Thyroid Disorders 6 01-13-2002 04:25 PM

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Sign Up Today!

Ask our community of thousands of members your health questions, and learn from others experiences. Join the conversation!

I want my free account

All times are GMT -7. The time now is 08:28 PM.

Site owned and operated by HealthBoards.comô
© 1998-2018 HealthBoards.comô All rights reserved.
Do not copy or redistribute in any form!