You definitely have low thyroid function, and it's severe enough that it is the likely cause of at least some of your health issues. Your TSH above 10 is proof of it. Do NOT let any doctor tell you that your thyroid function is "normal" or not worthy of treatment. It's vital that you find a good thyroid doctor.... Far from most of them even know a lot about the master gland. They study only what's in one chapter of the med school textbook; after that, most even entirely skip the 2-week endocrine rotation during residency. We on the board would be nearly unanimous in saying that finding a good thyroid doctor takes an extremely persistent search for most people. Ignorance of proper thyroid treatment sadly abounds in the medical community. Please keep that in mind as you go about finding help for yours.Quote from reallytired:Thanks for your reply - the thyroid is one area I don't know much about. I am finally feeling 'lucky' about my health because after confronting my doc after 6 months of muscle weakness that had nothing to do with being 'out of shape' (chiroporactor, phys therapy) the cpk came back elevated. Now everyone that gets involved does his job and rules stuff out!!! I hired a new primary doc and don't expect to have that happen to me again.
Also, begin now to learn as much about thyroid function and treatment as your mind can absorb. It takes an informed patient to be able to stand up for herself and demand the best treatment, and she'll inevitably do far better than one who lets everything up to the MD. You'll find a lot of good info in our "Information Archive" sticky thread at the top of the subject list. The books recommended there are first-rate.
[quote]As far as the myopathy goes - surprise! As it turns out I am on Celexa for depression which the Rheumy says he gives patients to help with muscle pain so if I weren't taking this I expect much more pain. Right now it is mostly a weakness/atrophy type looking problem.Here are URLs for two studies I found regarding what the biopsy results of hypoT myopathy look like. You might want to print them out for your rheumy to look at... Chances are good he doesn't know any more about the subject than a first-year med student. (Before copying and pasting the URL into your browser window, remove the blue [url] and [/url] portion of the address. Due to a glitch in the forum format, URLs sometimes appear with those notations, and it can be hard for the poster to delete them.)
[quote]What is Euthroid????Euthroid is a brand of T4 supplement, which is one treatment given to hypothyroid people. Synthroid is the most-Rx'd and best-known brand of this hormone. Why do you ask? Has someone prescribed it for you?