I recently took a slew of blood tests. One of which was a TSH for the thyroid. My doctor contacted me via mail with results stating the thyroid test results were slightly low. Actual numbers are: 0.075uIU/mL. My doctor wants me to re-test in 4 wks.
I originally went in to see him for swollen glands in my neck which I have had for more than 8 months. After losing my mother to cancer, under very similar conditions, just two years ago, I felt like I owed it to myself to be checked out also. I have pretty much, all of the symptoms of a thyroid disorder to one extreme or another.
My doctor also prescribed Keflex (in case I had an infection). I have completed all doses of Keflex and no change so far. My white cell count results did not indicate any infection, nor do I have mono.
The low TSH may mean an overactive thyroid - repeating it in 4 weeks is important to determine a trend. If overactive (ie persistent TSH <0.1) then I would consider treatment esp if you are above age 65 (which your username suggests....). Prior to treatment would do an ultrasound and I-123 scan of the thyroid to make sure there is no suspicious nodule and to determine the source of over-activity. I am not sure about the swollen glands -- it may be thyroid or other parts of the neck (ie lymph nodes or salivary glands) -- also some upper respiratory infections may aggravate the thyroid and cause a temporary overactivity -- another reason to determine the trend before committing to treatment.
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