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Old 03-19-2013, 11:27 AM   #11
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I need help with this, too! My bloodwork showed my T4 at 0.6 and my TSH at 1.0. The doctor said we would just wait and see what it was in a few months, but I feel bad! I've also been on a strict paleo diet for 3 weeks and I've only lost 2 lbs. It's so frustrating! Should I go to another doctor? I started taking a supplement that is supposed to help the thyroid, but I don't know if that actually works.

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Old 03-19-2013, 09:23 PM   #12
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My endo likes to see levels at 1 while my GP likes to see them at 1-4. So you can swee where there can be room for error or lower functioning "normal".
This is me, too. My dosage ideally keeps me closer to a 1 as well. Much higher (even though within normal textbook parameters), my hypo symptoms are crazy: palpitations, dry skin, cold, hair loss, mind-numbing fatigue, impossible to lose weight. A good endocrinologist will work with your symptoms rather than a number. Find one who listens. Also, I switched to brand synthroid as well. The generic active ingredients often change via multiple manufacturers. Ie. 48 mcg instead if a true 50 mcg dose. The net loss over a month may prove significant if you can't keep steady numbers. Brand Synthroid never changes. More expensive, but its worth it to me.
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Old 03-19-2013, 10:11 PM   #13
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Re: Hypothyroid- talk to me!

I used to be hypo, but it only showed when taking the full spectrum testing.

Technically I could still be on the meds and do still have some symptoms that might be associated with thyroid irregularity, but I had bad reactions to them while I needed them.

I have gained a lot of weight recently, but it is not my thyroid. It is because of another medication I need to take which has thrown some other parts of my endocrine system off (ones that really can't be corrected while I am on it). That is all to say that the thyroid is not the only culprit in these cases, but perhaps you can take heart that you have company.... I do hope an endocrinologist has you right as rain soon!
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I have hashimotos and have been extremely terrible at taken my meds at times. So bad I was in the red. Eeekkkk! Never affected my weight even slightly. I am very active and eat well though.
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Re: Hypothyroid- talk to me!

So my family doctor will refer me to a specialist? Can a family doctor not treat it correctly? I was hoping I wouldnt have to go to a specialist. We live in a small town and will have to go an hour away for specialist plus our insurance co-pay is higher for specialist visits.

My OB/GYN did order the test for me last week and I did the blood work on saturday morning. I called yesterday to see if the results were in yet but she said today or tomorrow. She also had blood work done for sugar levels, cholesterol (because it was slightly high a year ago) and iron levels. She said anemia can cause some of the same symptoms as thyroid problems.
Although I am 99% sure I dont have anemia. I took a iron supplement after the delivery of my 2nd child a year ago and I drink spinach smoothies every day for lunch.
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So my family doctor will refer me to a specialist? Can a family doctor not treat it correctly? I was hoping I wouldnt have to go to a specialist. We live in a small town and will have to go an hour away for specialist plus our insurance co-pay is higher for specialist visits.

My OB/GYN did order the test for me last week and I did the blood work on saturday morning. I called yesterday to see if the results were in yet but she said today or tomorrow. She also had blood work done for sugar levels, cholesterol (because it was slightly high a year ago) and iron levels. She said anemia can cause some of the same symptoms as thyroid problems.
Although I am 99% sure I dont have anemia. I took a iron supplement after the delivery of my 2nd child a year ago and I drink spinach smoothies every day for lunch.
My mom sees her regular doctor for her thyroid (shes hypo). She was also severely anemic and had to have iron transfusions for awhile.
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Re: Hypothyroid- talk to me!

Currently my primary doctor deals with my thyroid issues. Alot of GPs will unless you're not responding well to the standard meds, or you're a complicated case.
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Old 03-20-2013, 09:46 AM   #18
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Currently my primary doctor deals with my thyroid issues. Alot of GPs will unless you're not responding well to the standard meds, or you're a complicated case.
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Yes, my regular doctor diagnosed me and treated me untill my levels were not at 1. I wanted them at 1 to be able to TTC and carry to term. Unstable and high thyroid levels can cause infertility and pregnancy loss. I have had both so did not want to chance it. My endocrinologist worked with me and likes levels around 1 or under, too.
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Re: Hypothyroid- talk to me!

So, all my blood test came back normal. . What the heck? Apparantly I'm just fat. So disappointing. I honestly thought it was my thyroid.
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