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Re: Any help please??

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Posted by Tina on August 07, 2000 at 11:20:45:

In Reply to: Any help please?? posted by Donna on August 06, 2000 at 21:28:50:

: I have been having nerve problems/panic attacks for the last few months, but have been having my thyroid checked too. I have all the classic symptoms of hyperthyroidism, but they are all so closely related to plain old panic attacks too. Nothing drastic has happened to me in the last few months to set off these panic attacks either. I am 36 years old and here are my latest test results:
: TSH is 1.06
: T4 is up to 16.6
: T3 is 140

: 2 months ago they were:
: TSH .90
: T4 was 15.5
: T3 uptake was 33
: Free Thyroxine Index was 4.6

: I don't know why they didn't run the same tests both times, but I do know my T4 keeps going up. It has been steadily climbing for the last few months. Does anyone know anything about this??

: I go back to the endocrinologist in 2 weeks, but am just worried, and would like to talk to other people who know firsthand about this.

: Thanks a million

: Donna

Hi Donna,

Sorry, I not an expert so I won't be able to help much. It would help others to know what ranges your lab uses as different labs use different ranges based upon the type of equipment that they use.

Both of your T4 readings appear high, the normal range is listed between 4.5 to 12.5 (but again, your lab may have a different range.) At the same time, your TSH is going up not down as it "generally" would to indicate hyperthryoid.
It also looks like your Free T3 is just a bit high (with a range of 2.3 to 4.2) since T3 is the active form of the hormone this "might" account for your feelings of hyperT or panic attacks.

I would think that what might be helpful now is to ask if they have tested you for antibodies or antithyroid antibodies (ATA) and make sure that you get the labs range on them. If you test postive for the antibodies it will indicate that your
thyorid is under attack from the antibodies. From what I've read, the antibodies may be present long before the effect that they are causing will show up on any other thyroid test?
Here is a good article to read on thyroid testing.

Do you have any symptoms other than the panic attacks? Such as unexplained loosing or gaining weight, differences in your hair and nails, digestive problems, diarrea or consitpation, feeling colder or hotter than you normally do, weakness in your muscles,
menstral changes, eye problems, any swelling or tenderness around your neck, hold your arms straight out from the your hands have a slight temor? Are you having more allergies, more flu like symptoms, do you have a family history of thyroid or other endrocine problems?
Let us and most importantly your Doctor know, ok?

Hope someone else will jump in with better information for you. Tina

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