Hypo or Hyper
- While serving overseas the stress required my Synthroid dosage be adjusted from 0.112 to 0.125. I felt so much better and symptoms subsided. In January I was tested. TSH was 2.4, Free T4 was 1.1. I'm still feeling great so no change in dosage. Monday I had blood work for my quarterly check. New doctor, resident. He only orders a TSH test and the result was .24. He changes my dosage from .125 to . 112 without talking to me. What?! My body, my hormones! I called him and requested a retest and to have a Free T4 added. Free T4 comes back 0.9, which is normal. That test is important! The results in conjunction with TSH give you a better picture. So my Synthroid dosage was switched back when he got the Free T4 result. Disclaimer: I am a Medical laboratory scientist. My labs normal range for TSH is 0.3-3.0.
- —Guest md2bme
The 0.3 to 3.0 Range or Outdated .5 to 5
- I have been hypothyroid for 30 plus years. Finally, I got my doctor to change me from Synthroid to natural thyroid medication, Armour. Then, when arguing over the dosage and even after I took in the information about the new range, my doctor wouldn't budge on the dosage. I am now looking for a new doctor.
- TSH is 0.08. However, I am not having any hyperthyroid symptoms. I have been told I am taking to much thyroid replacement. How can this be possible?? I don't know what to do about it. I refuse to take the reformulated Armour. I tried it DID NOT feel well at all.
MD Wants Another Blood Test
- In case of a "lab error". My TSH is 6.4. In 1995, I had nodules and had half of my thyroid surgically removed. My results have been normal ever since. The past two years, I have had symptoms of being hypo: very cold all the time, hair loss, very dry skin and lack of sweating while working out in the gym. I am now age 55 and in menopause. I have Type 2 Diabetes. I have lost a lot of weight on my own, but it is extremely difficult. My Free T4 was on the low end, but was not flagged. I feel lost.
- —Guest Lisa
TSH Old Levels
- My doctor is still using the old normal ranges and they are not doing me any good at all. I asked them about the new ranges and they said these new ranges were no good. My heart goes into Atrial Fib when my TSH reaches 4. I don't know what to do. Even when I went to University of Iowa and they agreed with old levels.
- —Guest Dee Ewing
31 Years Old
- I have been hyperthyroid now for 3 years. I was losing pounds at first! My doctor kept uping my dosage of 50mg of PTU UP TO 4 pills 3 times a day! I had enough right now. I'm still at 0.03 trying to find a new doctor. I have gained 40 pounds and people think I'm hypothyroid until I say no I'm hyperthyroid! Apparently, I also have Graves Disease and a goiter, but I am finally going to see a new doctor because I'm starting to have a lot of throat pain and my doctor does nothing, but change my ptu dosage either up or down or up or down. Sick of it!!!!!
- —Guest TSH 0.03
Old Ways Doctor
- I was tested at 2.72 TSH, which is said to be in the normal. I don't feel normal and they tell me since I was in the normal range that other tests do not need to be done. They say I am fine.
- —Guest Jackie
Hyper or Hypo
- One side of my thyroid got removed about a year ago. Recent test showed TSH of 2.58 uIU/L, FT3 (Direct) 3.7 pmol/L and FT4 (Thyroxine) of 11.5 pmol/L. I don't know what it means, but there it is.
- —Guest Joanne
Problem of the Month
- This past month my doctor said my thyroid test during a annual physical was a low 5. He told me the range keeps changing from 3 to 5, so I must have a thyroid problem. He put me on medicine and 3 days later I was fighting for my life. I have a iodine allergy. I knew this! It in my medical records, but why didn't my doctor know this I am at a loss! I am concerned. I am not on medicine now, but I still have to see a thyroid specialist. I have 2 symptoms of thyroid disease: weight gain and dry skin. I am a baker. I can't not taste what I invent. I would not be a good baker! I also have well water, very hard water. My skin has been dry since '99. I believe my doctor would like something to be wrong with me. I have been told that I have things like skin cancer to a liver spot. I am in my mid 50's. I have a dermalogist appointment to have that liver spot looked at the suggestion of my doctor. I just don't know what to think. A friend told me if they can't give me iodine, they will remove my thyroid. I see a 2nd opinion in my future!
- —Guest stillhereWen
- The lab my primary doctor uses has a normal TSH range of 0.500-8.900. They tell me my 3.9 TSH is normal. I only have 1/2 my thyroid since surgery in 2004 for a nodule. I take 25mcg of Levoxyl every day. I've gained 20 pounds. I am exhausted, experience night sweats and am severely anemic, etc. They insist it's due to anemia and not hypothyroid at all. I say the anemia is caused by my underactive thyroid. I had an endoscopy/colonoscopy and both were fine. No internal bleeding.
- —Guest Deb
- I went to the doctor and he had me check my thyroid. The result was .48 with the range of 0.34-5.60. The T4 result was 1.19 and the range was 0.58-1.64.
- I have nodules and "so called normal levels". I have been feeling extremely fatigued and all of the symptoms that come along with hypothyroidism . I am insisting to the doctor that I do not feel like myself and everyday life has become a task. I can't stand this anymore. It's getting worse and I am sick and tired of being told its depression - it's not! These symptoms are bringing on depression cause nobody is of any help!
- —Guest tara
- I wonder if a low T3 is normal. Range 4.80-6.00 mine is 3.03. T4 range 0.94-1.70 mine is 0.98 I eat so healthy and run 5 miles a day! I keep gaining weight.
- —Guest Samantha
Atrial Fib Because TSH
- I have been in the hospital 5 times with atrial fib, which the cardiologist said was caused by my TSH being too high: 4.49 and 5.78 three times. My body does not like those normals. So, why does the doctor not do anything about it? I don't know why my body goes along for awhile on a dose and then all of a sudden my TSH goes to 4 or above and sends my heart into atrial fib.
- —Guest Dee Ewing
- My TSH is 0.945. To me, this seems low. My doctor says it is fine.
- —Guest Virginia