It's very difficult to find a thyroid doc who will look past the TSH levels. Most importantly are the Ft4 and Ft3 levels, because they determine how a hypo patient actually feels. If you can get your doc to test these levels, that will be great. Even if they are in range, most hypo patients feel relieve when the FT4 level are in the mid point range and FT3 level is around the upper third of it's range. I am having issues converting well with T4 med's only and in the midst of fighting with my doc to try T3 med's along with to see if that will help me. Check out this website and do a check list. Hope it helps. http://thyroid.about.com/cs/basics_starthere/a/hypochecklist.htmView Thread
I recommend at least 3 opinions. If you can keep half of the thyroid, do it. I had mine removed due to abnormal cells on both sides. I totally regret it because i am not well due to hypo symptoms and added issues (health wise).View Thread
Does anyone use a T3 med due to poor conversion of T4?? I am interested in knowing the difference between adding a T3 med to a T4 med verses using a T3 Dominant med such as Armour Thyroid besides the fact that they are trying to make it obselete?View Thread
Couldn't reply to your post so i created a discussion in order to. Can you please put your reference ranges for each test so that it will be easier to determine where you are in the range or outside of??View Thread
I attempted to reply to your post but was not able to. I suggest that you go to this web site which provides a symptom check list that may help you out. Also, a endocrinologist specializes in thyroid issues and should be the person to diagnose your condition. If you have not been feeling well and your TSH level is out of range, you more than likely have sort of problem with your thyroid. Do know that most docs use TSH as a rule of thumb although there are other tests that will indicate how the patient feels. Hope this helps thyroid.about.com/cs/basics_starthere/a/hyperchecklist.htmView Thread
I had the same issue happen to me a year ago. I've always had normal cycles which became heavy after i had thyroid surgical which sent me into hypothyroidism. I skipped one month and the following month resumed as normal. At that time, my gyn said that it's probably due to stress (which can happen), but 12 months later (this month), my cycle did not go off, after the 11th day, I went to the doc and he did a sono and exam, everything looked fine, so he says, it was due to my hormones and i believed it because being hypo messes up everything, as in my case. He gave me "provera" a progesterone pill to stop the cycle and after 18days, it had come to an end. Now I am wondering what next month will bring. I suggest that you visit your gyn for an exam and take it from there.View Thread
It is very frustrating dealing with a thyroid disease regardless of how we got there. It is even more frustrating when you have to fire the "wrong" endos and try to find one that actually listens to you. I haven't found one as of yet but still searching. There are a few but do not except insurance at all, go figure. I have multiple issues thanks to being hypo but if i listen to the docs, they aren't related to my thyroid but thank god, I know better. So, I am assuming that the radiation did not destroy the thyroid fuction??? I was under the impression that once you have radiation to the thyroid, the thyroid is there but not funtioning, in that case, did you consider having it removed since it's not producing any hormone?? I'm just curious. I had my removed due to an enlarged goiter with multi-nodules and I regret it wholeheartedly.View Thread
Most Endos swear by the TSH test and as long as it is in range, you will be sent on your way. It took me a long time to learn that as a patient, you have to educate yourself and do not settle for what the docs say, if you are still having hypo symptoms. There are other tests to look at that are more of an importance than the TSH Test and they are the FT4 and FT3. If both are in the upper range, most patients will have relief of hypo symptoms but if not, oh boy. My FT3 range is always in low range even though my TSH level is okay. I have many hypo symptoms and can barely function because of them. It's tough to find a doc that will treat the patient based on their symptoms verses the TSH results but they are out there although it's like finding a needle in a hay stack.View Thread
Thanks for resonding. I am 44 and my gp mentioned peri-menopause but my GYN did not, although he says that it is my hormones. I missed one cycle a year ago to be exact and exactly one year later I get a cycle that doesn't want to end, talking about frustration. I pray that it goes away very soon and I wish I had my Thyroid back. If anyone told me that I would be going through this mess, I would of kept it.View Thread
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