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mrussellphoto posted:
I am currently in the process of trying to get everything figured out in regards to my possible thyroid issues. I went and saw a general practice doctor and they ran a blood test. My TSH came back within range at 3.5 and my Free T4 was pretty low at 0.72 (but not low enough to flag it on the test). The frustrating thing is that the range for my doctors office is 0.6-1.5, but everywhere I have looked online it says either 0.7 or 0.8 as the low end of it's VERY possible that I really do have hypothyroidism. I have been experiencing some serious symptoms for the past couple of years like:

- extreme fatigue (and the difficulty of falling asleep/feeling rested).
- dry,dull skin and strange dry skin patches.
- brittle hair
- weight gain (despite working out 5 times a week and eating a healthy low-fat 1400 calorie diet).
- bags/dark circles under my eyes also puffiness
- brain fog, memory issues
- AND my mother, aunt and grandmother were all hypo. (and were all diagnosed around my age)
- headaches (daily)
- constipation
- mood swings/easily frustrated etc
- low labido

In addition to my blood work saying that I was in "normal" range even though I don't feel normal or agree with the range they gave, I was also told I have high cholesterol, high LDL and triglycerides. (Which I have read can be caused by hypothyroidism) - but instead my doctor sends me a "how to eat healthy" diet list (which I am already doing 95% of the time). I don't have high cholesterol because I eat cheeseburgers, I am eating things like fish, veggies, fruit, whole grains, low-fat dairy and cooking with olive oil! SO frustrating!

Anyways...sorry to make this so long-winded, but I was wondering if you have any advice for me. I am in the process of looking to see a specialist so that I can be diagnosed and treated, but I feel like this is going to be an uphill battle.
sgaddp responded:
You may very well be going into hypo... but they will not start you on medicine until you have fallen under that 0.7 level... I would give a month longer and request to have it checked again...
It does need to be watched...
I have a daughter who was hyperthyroids.... and we did what they called radio active iodine.. and it killed off some of the thyroid... she got to where you are with her blood work... and the wait to see if she was going to go hypo was awful... well this week she went into hypo and had to start synthroid ... for the rest of her life.. she is only 15 years old...
kiznkitten responded:
Lab tests are not accurate for diagnosis or treatment of Thyroid disorders. If you want some real answers go here:
Thyroid Blood tests are NOT accurate for diagnosing Thyroid problems! Your symptoms are the key!

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