Aa
A
A
Close
Avatar universal
What does 7.2 thyroid reading mean?
My doctor's nurse said normal thyroid range is between 0.3 and 5.1. My thyroid came back 7.2. I looked up those readings and I can't find those ranges listed anywhere. Are these ranges correct and if so am I hypo or hyper? They are RXing synthroid is that suitable for my thyroid results?
Cancel
6 Answers
Page 1 of 1
213044 tn?1236531060
Probably.

They need to run a Free T4 test to confirm you need the medication.

A TSH above 5.1 indicates hypothyroidism. It's more complicated than that, but for the moment that answer will do.

They want to give you a drug that will give you additional T4. First they need to know that you are low on T4.

Without a Free T4 test, they are only guessing.
Hopefully they ran a Free T4, and you just haven't mentioned it yet.

They should now be running more tests to find out why you are hypothyroid.

Welcome to the site. If you have more questions, feel free to ask. There are lots of people here who can help you learn what you need to know.
Comment
Cancel
Comment
Avatar universal
Comment
Comment
Submit Comment
314892 tn?1264627503
With a TSH of 7.2, the free t4 will likely be low normal or normal.

What lab performed your tests?

This would indicate "subclinical" or "mild" hypothyroidism. It still deserves to be treated before it progresses further.

Thyroid antibodies would also be a good test to have done.

It would be better for the doctor to get a repeat TSH and free t4 before rx'ing meds.

Synthroid would be the appropriate medication.

What dose did you start on?
Comment
Cancel
Comment
Avatar universal
Comment
Comment
Submit Comment
Avatar universal
My tsh level is 7.25 and my free t4 is 0.71. What does this mean? My doctor said it was good.
Comment
Cancel
Comment
Avatar universal
Comment
Comment
Submit Comment
Avatar universal
I expect that you doctor is off base with that conclusion. Although TSH is a pituitary hormone that is affected by many variables and thereby not a good diagnostic for thyroid, at that level your TSH and your FT4 that is low in the range are good indicators that you are hypothyroid.  An even more important indicator is whether you have hypo symptoms or not.  Please take a look at this listing of typical hypo symptoms and tell us which ones you have.  

http://endocrine-system.emedtv.com/hypothyroidism/hypothyroidism-symptoms-and-signs.html
Comment
Cancel
Comment
Avatar universal
Comment
Comment
Submit Comment
Avatar universal
Was hyperthyroid (Hashimoto's), lost a lot of weight had radioactive iodine treatment, weeks later went on synthroid 25 mcg.  Just had a "thyroid storm", level was 7.5.  Had bad episode of toxicity and ended up in the hospital.  Put me on 50 mcg of synthoid and feeling better.  Is this common?
Comment
Cancel
Comment
Avatar universal
Comment
Comment
Submit Comment
Avatar universal
Which level was 7.5?  TSH?  Did you have any other thyroid tests at the time?  If so, please post results and reference ranges that vary lab to lab and have to come from your own lab report.  

How long ago was your RAI?

What were your symptoms of toxicity?
Comment
Cancel
Comment
Avatar universal
Comment
Comment
Submit Comment
Your Answer
Avatar universal
Answer
Know how to answer? Tap here to leave your answer...
Answer
Submit Answer
A
A
Blank
Weight Tracker
Weight Tracker
Start Tracking Now
Thyroid Disorders Community Resources
RSS Expert Activity
233488 tn?1310696703
Blank
Marathon Running Done Over Many Yea...
05/15 by John C Hagan III, MD, FACS, FAAOBlank
233488 tn?1310696703
Blank
New Article on Multifocal IOL vs &q...
05/15 by John C Hagan III, MD, FACS, FAAOBlank
748543 tn?1463449675
Blank
TMJ/TMJ The Connection Between Teet...
01/15 by Hamidreza Nassery , DMD, FICOI, FAGD, FICCMOBlank
Top Thyroid Answerers
649848 tn?1424570775
Blank
FL
Avatar universal
Blank
MI
Avatar universal
Blank
Sisters, OR
Avatar universal
Blank
657231 tn?1453836403
Blank
Northern, NJ
Avatar universal
Blank
Calicut, India