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Old 07-12-2013, 04:36 AM   #1
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Confused by my results...

Hello forum members!

I have been hypothryoid for two years, but was not taking my medications daily until February of this year. I was on 75 mcg, then prior to my test (one week before) switched up to 100 mcg (which I was told was where I needed to be). I've been continuing on the 100 mcg since May and then for last 2 days 125 mcg. I think i feel worse on this dose.

I have previously been told my TSH was 'sky high' by my ever so vague doctor.

Today I rang in to find out the exact numbers for recent tests and was told:
TSH = 1.67
T4 = 17

I asked for T3 -they said no results available. I also asked whether the T4 was total T4 or free T4, they said it did not indicate this on the test. I am going to my GP now to get a print out of all the thyroid tests I have ever had done....

Would someone please let me know what the above means even vaguely? I know I need to find out the reference ranges too.

I still feel awful. I had 4 weeks of feeling GREAT, then have gone back into an exhausted-constipated-brain fog. Awful. Symptoms include - continued rapid weight gain, thirst, muscle ache, brain fog, exhaustion. I have recently read that overmedication can cause these symptoms...any thoughts?

Please kindly advise - thanks so much


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Old 07-12-2013, 08:20 AM   #2
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Re: Confused by my results...

I'm sorry you feel poorly. Things will get better.

A lot of the things to do you already mentioned yourself. as you realize it's hard to comment without the reference ranges since they are very important, definitely in this one, since I think you pretty much reach the point of 'fine tuning' (most doctors completely ignore that like it's not important, on paper it might not be but in practice it quite often is the difference between feeling well of sick).

That being said, most people need their free levels (ft4) at least midrange or higher (60-80%) of the ranges to achieve wellness, so it's important to know where yours is.

2 days is way too soon to say anything about the dosage, due the long halflife of T4. It takes about a week and 6 weeks to stabilize. It pretty much boils down that as far as T4 goes today you feel the dosage of last week.

As for 4 weeks great and worse again, that can be part of the titrating process and can happen as long as one does not have it's optimal dosage.

hang in there and try to get your hands on a copy of the results

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