Self Directed Lab Testing
- I had a lot of trouble getting tested through my doctor so I ended up just ordering at accesalabs.com/thyroid because I didn't even need to see my doctor. It's great to be able to track my TSH monthly rather than annually.
- —Guest John
Thyroid Range and Dose
- I am 22 years old. My TSH reading is 0.02. I am taking 100 mcg ELTROXIN. I don't know what is going to happen.
- —Guest murli
- I had a MRI 3 yrs ago that picked up results that only a couple weeks ago my new doctor wanted to see. So I read through results and I went to see the doctor from 3 years ago who found nodule on thyroid. They NEVER told me. Meanwhile I'm sleeping all the time. I'm on antidepressants. I've gained weight and can't remember what I'm doing half the time. I went to specialist my TSH is 8.56. I still feel super lousy and the doctor said we need to up my medications. I'm glad he found out the problem. I was starting to feel crazy.
- —Guest tina
LAB TEST 14 NOV 2012
- LAB RESULT 173.3. (H) THAT IS VERY HIGH AND I AM VERY WORRIED.
- —Guest Daniel oconnell
You Know Your Body!!!!
- My hypothyroidism developed during my second pregnancy 3 years ago. My last TSH reading was 5.69 and the only reason I found out was because I asked for a copy of my bloodwork. I was not notified, which means it was not a problem. I also suffer from low iron and low B-12. I recently have gotten advice from a Naturopath and she helped me a great deal. First of all, she said it is very common for people with thyroid issues also to have low iron and B-12 due to a side effect of the medication affecting the absorption. Also she recommended a thyroid support supplement that I could take with my thyroid medication. I feel great!!
- —Guest Debbie
- I am 38 years old. My TSH 0.09 uIU/ml, FT3 3.7 pg/ml, FT4 1.3 ng/dl. I need advice.
- —Guest Kazi shahidur Rahman.
- My TSH range is 2.97. What that means. I do not know. I know that I am suffering from thyroidism, but do not know whether it is hypo or hyper.
- —Guest shalmili
Need Advice On What To Do.
- I have been trying to get pregnant for 2 years. Finally went to my doctor and asked to have tests run to find out what is going on. I have every one of the symptoms for hypothyroidism. I sleep constantly, even if I've already slept for 16 or more hours and I feel like I'm still exhausted. I've gained 100 pounds within a year. My menstrual cycle has been out of whack, have panic attacks out of no where. Difficulty concentrating, dry, coarse hair... just to name a few. The first TSH test I had done (I was fasting at 10:00 am) the results were 5.32. So, I made an appointment with my regular family doctor to get it taken care of. He wanted to run the tests again to see what the levels were. This time I wasn't fasting and it was at 5:00 pm. The results came back measuring 2.75 I asked to have the tests ran again. This time the levels were 4.68 and I was fasting and at 10:00 am. The doctor said he couldn't treat because they fell within the normal range. I made an appointment with an endocrinologist for 11/13 to see what is going on.
- —Guest Janie
TSH Normal Reference Range
- My TSH levels have increased over a period of time normal at 8/09 (month/year) to 5.89 on 3/10, 6.620 on 12/10 to 6.85 on 9/11. I don't do anything extra-ordinary. I have the same routines eating, drinking ,sleeping, no hyperactivity, no depressions, not sleepless, nor restless, not thirsty or over-thirsty, etc. No dizziness, no fatigues, no chest palpitations or pains, had triple bypass 1/2008, but no complications since. Never have called for sick day in 15 years. I do however drink a lot of coffee but have for years. The doctor increased my Synthroid to 100mg from 75mg. Before that it was 50mg. I wish I knew what my problem was and how to get my levels down.
- —Guest HhnsaEKiDFkfKecapiM
TSH Normal Reference Range
- I'm 15, and my mother had a low thyroid problem. She was noticing that I have some symptoms she had, for example: I get headaches easily, my periods are very heavy and last for a good 6-7 days. I have been every 28 days since I started at 13, but last month I was 21, this month it was 23. I am an Insomniac and I have very dry skin, always tired (even after 11 hours of sleep, or more) I have been recently losing a lot of hair too. Also, I am overweight, so I have been doing a 1,000 calorie diet and I run 6 miles, bike 6 miles, swim, and do Jillian Michael video every day since the beginning of spring and I have only lost a total of 20 pounds, and if I stop, I gain. I have recently been very forgetful, and moody. Do you think I have one? Or is it just hormones?So, I'm going to have a blood test done, and if I test positive, will they give me meds since I'm only 15? Thanks.
- —Guest bxAXRaTVaSO
- Hi Amanda, Sorry I'm only replying now. I totally agree with you. In hindsight, I also wonder why no doctor ever thought how strange it was that all my aches and pains came after the pregnancy, and whether there wasn't a connection. I remember also feeling really stiff in the morning. Not in the hands and feet like you do, but my whole body. And I remember my palms hurting terribly. Sometimes both my arms hurt... a funny, hot pain going all the way from the shoulders down to my fingers. It nearly drove me crazy. It started getting better at about 9 months after my baby's birth and just gradually got better. At the same time I also started with exercises again, so that definitely contributed as well. In fact, I should have taken up some gentle exercising and stretching much earlier. I agree with Sherry that yoga will definitely do you good. I have never tried Pilates, but am sure that would also help strengthen your body in a gentle way. On top of that I would go to a good rheumatologist and not just to a normal doctor. I doubt that you have rheumatism, but even if you do, it is not the end of the world. Remember there are also a lot milder forms of rheumatism than rheumatoid arthritis. And even if you have that it can be kept under control quite well these days with the right medication. (A friend of mine has it). But try not to worry too much for the time being (funny that I should say that, since I am a big worryhog). I am pretty sure your issues are post-pregnancy-related and will fade as time goes on. Remember they always say it takes nine months until your body gets back to its pre-pregnancy self, and thatb4s pretty much as well when I started getting better.
- —Guest MNLiOPNVSLKxlgsAMo
Are There Any Doctors That Understand
- I am on 50mg Synthroid for the past 5 months. My TSH is 0.39 (range of lab 0.51-6.27). Free T4 is 1.17 ( range of lab 0.89-1.76). Free T3 is 2.98 (lab range is 2.30-4.20. Now, I am multi goiter some solid - vascular - some with calcium flecks inside some not. There have been no changes since 2009. But my Doctor wants to biopsy some of them and my Radiologist says not to til I have some changes . I have hypothyroidism and Hashimoto's disease. I think I want a second opinion.
- —Guest May
Variability in Results Over Time
- My grandmother, mother both had 'Graves disease'; I started having bouts with constipation by age 7, went from skinny with straight. A's to fat and lunking classes by 14 gain, lost most of my eyebrows by 16, lost 30 pounds and had transient tachycardia at 18 and was given Librium by the nursing school MD!! Mental function (and job performance) and weight and other symptoms yo-yo'd, but I kept being told my 'tests were normal' (T-3/4 were always LOW) until I was having rages alternating with episodes that can only be described as transient dementia and tearing muscles and discs and not healing minor wounds and losing my toenails and hair by age 40. If a certain MD had not LISTENED and checked iodine uptake and antibodies (which were off the charts) I'd be in Psych care or dead. The diagnostic TSH? 6.3. The next week the TSH was 5.0. BTW--MOM insisted my thyroid was bad at age 18. Nobody listened. She was hyperthyroid when pregnant with me BTW, and I need 300mcg+ L-T4 and .000 TSH to be 'me'
Definition Of TSH
- The best way to use this is in diagnosing a--PITUITARY PROBLEM, not a Thyroid Problem. There is NO TSH medication! This is a useless test! There is T3 & T4 medications. The FT3 & FT4 blood tests measures the amount of Hormone (T3 & T4) in the blood.
- —Guest Monarch
- Range is outdated. My health is a mess. U've lost so much hair in 6 weeks, no one knows what's wrong. They threw me on anti-depressants. I've gained 10 lbs. I've never been so miserable. Chest is racing, agitated, tired, unhappy. I need help. My TSH is 1.08/Free T4 is 0.9.
- —Guest Mimi