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Thyroid Disorders board

I realize that the chest symptoms can be quite prevalent with hypERt, misohopi, but elphers and I are talking about this symptom with hypOt. So it's different for us. A beta blocker could actually do a hypothyroid person harm, because our heart rates are so often already too low. Slowing it down even more could be catastrophic in a very hypothyroid person. I'm talking about a heavy feeling in the chest, as if there were weights on both shoulders pressing down on the chest wall, and a feeling of weakness in the upper body.

Elphers, my very first TSH test came in at 4.83. I had to strongly insist my primary doc do that test in the first place, because at first he refused to. He was so sure the discomfort was from acid reflux, he just wanted me to take the Nexium, shut up, and go away. Anyway, after the result was in, he said that 4.83 was "normal" on a range where the high was 5.5. I knew enough from reading here and other places that it very likely was not "normal". So I self-referred to an endo. At my first visit with her, she ran a more revealing thyroid panel, including another TSH that came in at 6.98. She diagnosed me with Hashimoto's hypothyroidism and started treatment.

I learned a little while after that TSH is not a static number. It fluctuates as much as 3 whole points within 24 hours' time, depending on when the blood is drawn. That reinforces how stupid MDs are who say that any particular number is "normal". If it's consistently high in the range, and if there are symtoms, it certainly can't be called "normal" for that patient, and more tests must be done.

A hemo is not likely to order thyroid tests. And even though an endo diagnosed my hypoT, I'm not a fan of endos for uncomplicated hypothyroidism. ("Uncomplicated" meaning - in its early stages without large nodules or goiter.) The endo who diagnosed me only prescribes Synthroid, and since Synthroid didn't work for me, she didn't know what else to do for me. She told me to stop the med and come back after I became "sicker". There are plenty of other meds for thyroid, so if she had been more open-minded, I wouldn't have had to seek care at a third MD. Endos are stubborn that way and are typically so fixed on lab results that they couldn't care less about making their patients well. What's the point of treating a lab sheet?

If your insurance allows you to see an osteopathic doctor (most will), that may be your best bet for getting diagnosed. Osteopaths have all the training that MDs have plus more. They're very conventional for an "alternative" practice, and they focus on the body as a whole, not as "parts" that have no relationship to the other. I can't say they're always better than an MD at thyroid, but they more often are.

Also, you could check the list of MDs at the Armour thyroid website who prescribe that product to see if there's one in your area. Even if Armour would happen not to be the best med for you, MDs willing to prescribe it are generally more knowledgeable about thyroid than ones who won't.

To learn the basics about thyroid, its functions and the terminology connected with it, read Thyroid For Dummies, by Dr. Alan Rubin.
I FINALLY spoke to someone about my TSH level, but it wasn't a Dr. My nurse at my GP said that the range she has is 0.35 to 5.5, so I'm normal! I told her about the new guidelines that say the range is .3 to 3.0. She said not to take Synthroid or anything at my number because it can cause osteoporosis. I told her that I already have that! That was the end of that! So I know that I can't count on any help from that Dr.!