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Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Bouncing thyroid

Dr. H had my blood taken to be tested when I was in last Thursday. On Monday, she left a message for me that my thryoid levels are low. Of course, I got it on Tuesday since I'm so awesome at checking my phone which I had put on silent mode for a meeting and then forgot about. In the meantime, I faxed her about 20 pages she had requested including my previous thyroid lab results and MRI results.

She indicated that I needed to get in to see my endocrinologist right away about my thyroid numbers bouncing around, so I called to schedule it. I wanted to make sure I got the test results so they don't automatically run additional bloodwork, although they still might. She said the liver and kidneys are fine and emailed the results. Here are the "off" numbers:

TSH was 16.430; reference range is 0.450-4.50 uIU/mL so it's high.
Triiodothyronine, Free, Serum was 1.9 pg/ML; reference range is 2.0-4.4, so it's low.
T4, Free (Direct) was 0.46 ng/dL; reference range is 0.82-1.77 so it's low.
Thyroid antibodies - Thyroid Peroxidase (TPO) Ab was 144 IU/mL; reference range is 1-34 so it's high.

I don't really know what any of this means but my numbers bounce around and have been all over the place for at least a year; I have high and low numbers at the same time. Dr. H seems convinced that my issues with feeling terrible are thyroid related and the gastrointestinal issues are related to the thyroid issues rather than food issues. She seems hopeful but I don't understand how I can treat my thyroid differently to not feel this way.


  1. You need to talk to my compounding pharmacist. She's amazing and deals with so many thyroid issues. She might be able to help.

  2. Does she decide your prescription? I thought they just filled it after your doctor writes it?