These number still confuse me. I am still being adjusted for my Hypo. I have had RAI, so my thyroid is all most gone. I am told that I still have a small area of tissue. My question is what is normal? Is there a normal? my t-3 uptake is 35, on my chart range is 22-35% my T3 total is 189 H range 60-181 NG/DL my TSH is 0.01 L range is MIU/L. I believe my T-4 is 15.1. When my Doctor was told this by phone, because my lab work is still pending. He just cursed. I asked it this is good or bad. He sugested that I call back on Monday. I will do that of course. I would like to know what is normal. I am still gaining weight. I felt realy good when my weight was abour 140 to 150 Lbs. I worked really hard to get it there. Now I feel like why should I do all the work only to gain the weight still. I was told of my Thyroid condition in May 2005. I am still a newbie. Thank you for your time and patience.
Your numbers are all consistent with hyperthyroidism - in this scenario weight gain is not typical and more thyroid hormone would usually not be safe or advisable -- if RAI treatment is recent then there may be some weight gain (in some cases up to 20 pounds) as the overactive thyroid is corrected (this is not just with RAI - happens with tapazole and surgery too). You gave the reference ranges for your labs - so your answered your own title about "normal levels" -- however, I think a normal TSH is 0.5-2.0 in a person on replacement thyroid hormone.
In reading this post I noticed Ladyg45 said she was told she still had some thyroid tissue left after her RAI tx.. What test do they do to determine this? I would like to know if I have any functioning thyroid left after my ablation. Does it depend on how the TSH reacts afterward, mine plumeted to 89 from undetectable within a months time three months after the RAI treatment.
ultrasound will show some thyroid tissue long after RAI -- the degree of TSH increase is probably most indicative of extent of thyroid destruction after RAI. An I-123 uptake study could document functioning tissue but is usually not indicated.
I had my RAI in Aug 05 and become hypo 3 months after. During the first 3 months before becoming hypo, my TSH was at 0.01 and feeling great till the hypo symptoms hit me. Like what Ussie mentioned, TSH was suppressed after RAI - I sometimes wonder that too as I was experiencing hypo symptoms but my TSH shows 0.01. I started on Synthroid 50mcg last week and due for blood test after 10days.
In some graves patients it takes up to 12 months or more for the TSH to increase after RAI - in this case following the t4 and t3 is more useful -- The slow rise in TSH may be thyroid antibodies stimulating the pituitary so that there is a decrease in TSH production or simply long-term hyperthyroidism to the point where TSH producing pituitary cells are sluggish to "wake up"
It may take 12 months for TSH to rise to indicate hypothyroid, but it does NOT always take as long for the hypo SYMPTOMS to show up. So when you have severe hypo symptoms after RAI, yet your doctor won't treat because your TSH is suppressed, you are in serious danger.
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