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Old 03-21-2013, 09:16 AM   #21
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My cholesterol is 59 points over the "normal" level. HOW is that even possible? I eat veggies and fruit, chicken and fish and red meat once or twice a week. I watch carbs, I do like sweets but I limit myself. I drink water mainly, I do drink Coke once a week, twice at most. . I just dont understand how my cholesterol is high.

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do you have your Results where you can see them? Did they check for free t4 and t3 or just your tsh? because my TSH was normal, but when they looked at my free T4/T3. I was low.
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do you have your Results where you can see them? Did they check for free t4 and t3 or just your tsh? because my TSH was normal, but when they looked at my free T4/T3. I was low.
I dont have the results. The nurse just called with them. My GYN ordered the test but Im supposed to follow up with my Family Dr now, he got the results also. I'm going to make an appointment soon and Ill see if he can tell me what they checked exactly.
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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.

A good family doctor will know to do a full spectrum thyroid test (which you can also request). A family doctor will not always know how best to treat it and may not treat it if you are borderline. In that case you would want to go to a specialist, and they may wish the same for you. But you probably will be fine with your family doctor.
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he can tell me what they checked exactly.
Good plan.

Our bodies are complicated. Metabolisms change for reasons other than thyroid. Some of these can be addressed, and some cannot.

Fwiw, you don't look fat in your profile. I wonder if you are comparing yourself to your teenage size? No one (unless they come from a beanstalk family that somehow maintains a teen metabolism) is meant to stay at quite that size and metabolism. (That partly explains why teen sizes are a size smaller than a comparable adult size in clothing.) However, that can be hard for women who married super young, had kids, and thought they would bounce back to their nineteen or twenty-one year old size to accept. I'm not sure what your situation is, but one of my friends married at 17, and she read marriage materials indicating that maintaining the marriage weight or close to it was important for men (I have problems with those one-sided materials, but that is another matter). She began starving herself after every birth. Even starving herself she wasn't as small as before. But the reality is that her body hadn't even finished growing when she got married. Hips are meant to get wider, etc.
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They may want to check your cortisol levels re: the stress types of symptoms you seem to be having. When I was hypo I had crazy cortisol compounding it. It wasn't so much something they could address, but sometimes they can. It is helpful to even know what is happening in your body.
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Good plan.

Our bodies are complicated. Metabolisms change for reasons other than thyroid. Some of these can be addressed, and some cannot.

Fwiw, you don't look fat in your profile. I wonder if you are comparing yourself to your teenage size? No one (unless they come from a beanstalk family that somehow maintains a teen metabolism) is meant to stay at quite that size and metabolism. (That partly explains why teen sizes are a size smaller than a comparable adult size in clothing.) However, that can be hard for women who married super young, had kids, and thought they would bounce back to their nineteen or twenty-one year old size to accept. I'm not sure what your situation is, but one of my friends married at 17, and she read marriage materials indicating that maintaining the marriage weight or close to it was important for men (I have problems with those one-sided materials, but that is another matter). She began starving herself after every birth. Even starving herself she wasn't as small as before. But the reality is that her body hadn't even finished growing when she got married. Hips are meant to get wider, etc.
Well thanks! I do compare myself to my "prebaby" self alot. I dont really want or need to be at that weight now, I just need to be a little healthier. For my height (I'm short- 5'2) I need to lose at least 10#, preferably 20-25# to be at healthy BMI. Right now I'm 2 points into the "overweight" category on the BMI chart.
Overall I'm not fat really, I just have ALOT of belly fat and I looks pregnant all the time. I dont mind the larger hips or the fact that weight has shifted to different spots. I just want to not have a muffin top in everything I wear.
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Cholesterol being high can actually be associated with hypothyroidism. My TSH is normal, but my T4 is low, so make sure they checked both. Cholesterol also goes up when you eat, so if your test wasn't fasting it could be artificially high.
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Cholesterol being high can actually be associated with hypothyroidism. My TSH is normal, but my T4 is low, so make sure they checked both. Cholesterol also goes up when you eat, so if your test wasn't fasting it could be artificially high.
Yep, its was 12 hour fasting test. Interesting that it can be associated with hypo. . .You would think that since I am complaining of thyroid symptoms and my cholesterol came back high the Dr/Nurse would think maybe they should check into this more?? I called the Nurse and asked her to mail me the results so I can actually see the numbers and see what they tested. I dont know what they had done because our hospital doesnt do the lab orders paper anymore, they either fax the orders straight to the lab or my DR just printed out an order and it only said "Thyroid TSH" and something or other. I cant remember. But It didnt say exactly what they were testing. If they didnt test T4 can I call and ask to go have that one drawn? Will they think I'm a weirdo?
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