My daughter had a blood test last week. I asked that her TSH be tested because she seems to have some of the same symptoms that I had before I started on Synthroid. She wants to sleep all the time, she can't seem to get anything done, has lost interest in things that use to always make her happy, is cold all the time, hair falls out, has bowel problems, just to name a few. Could she have Hypothyrodism like I do? Would Synthroid help her as it has helped me?
I know you didn't ask any questions for yourself, but I wanted to tell you anyway that just because your thyroid test results are in the so-called "normal" range does not mean they are adequate for you. The ranges are far too broad to be functional for everyone. If you will post your test results and ranges shown on the lab report, members will be glad to assess the adequacy of your testing and treatment. Also, please tell us about your symptoms.
I don't have any lab papers my doctor just told me based on what she saw and obviously the chart she goes off.
-swollen glands in neck
-tired, sluggished, depressed, irritable,
-sweating a lot I've always never wanted to wear tshirts due to stains from sweating.
-irreggual/ abnormal periods
I know it is not menopause as I am only 19:p
I just had a baby, she's 3 months and I realize becoming a new mom brigs upon a lot of stress but I have had theses symptoms for a long time, a couple years and my mum was the one who has been pointing them out to me. That's why I've been back to the doctor so many times, I think it might be time to find a new doctor.
Just being anywhere within the ranges does not mean that is okay for you. The ranges are far too broad to be function for everyone. Many of us find that our Free T3 needs to be in the upper third of its range and Free T4 around the middle of its range, in order to relieve hypo symptoms.
If you are in the U.S., doctors are required by law to give you a copy of your lab report upon request. It is always a good idea to do so and then write on there how you were feeling at the time and what meds/supplements you were taking. These then become very valuable references for the future, if you want to know conditions when you were feeling good or bad.
If you will call and get the test results and their reference ranges or just get a copy, and then post here, it will be very helpful in assessing the adequacy of your testing and treatment.
Ok, thank you and no I am in Canada, not sure if it would still be the same; I thought about just calling and asking for results.
I was also planning on going to a women's clinic this week instead of my doctors, I know that some doctors go by the old ranges instead of the new range so I think that's what she might be going by.
Being in Canada, with the NHS, poses additional problems for getting the testing and treatment you need. What you really need is a good thyroid doctor. By that I mean one that will treat a hypo patient clinically by testing and adjusting Free T3 and Free T4 as necessary to relieve symptoms, without being constrained by resultant TSH levels. You can get some good insight into clinical treatment from this letter written by a good thyroid doctor for patients that he sometimes consults with after initial tests and evaluation. The letter is then sent to the participating doctor of the patient to help guide treatment. In the letter, please note the statement, "the ultimate criterion for dose adjustment must always be the clinical response of the patient."
Knowing the difficulty of finding such a doctor in Canada, the alternative is for you to become a bit more knowledgeable about hypothyroidism testing and treatment and then becoming very assertive with your doctor. The situation is very much the same in the UK and a fellow member having problems getting adequate testing and treatment told us this.
"What I have learned from my experience is that you have to go to the Dr's office and TELL THEM WHAT YOU WANT and to go backed up with knowledge. You have to tell them that you have done your reading and looked into your condition and care about the long-term treatment of your health and thyroid. If you fight for what you want, you will eventually find someone that is happy to go along with your wishes. But we all have to take charge of our own health, right?"
So, If you are willing to take that approach, we can provide the basic info you need to get to know so you can influence your doctor as needed. Also, there is a very limited listing of good thyroid doctors in the larger cities of Canada. If you will tell us your location, I will look and see if there is one in your area.
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