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2.8 Normal?

I have had a thyroid test (TSH) in April/May 07 and my doctor said I am within "normal" limits. Is 2.8 normal or leaning more towards hypo? I'm fatigued quite a bit and can't seem to drop weight. I'm not overweight but have been trying to drop 5 pounds over the past month and nothing. I'm wondering if I might be hypo?

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2.8 is normal per:

AACE - American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists  2006 amended guidelines,
US Government 2004 Guidelines,
UK 2006 Guidelines,  
American Thyroid Association
The Endocrine Society -  Albert Einstein College of Medicine, New York. September 23, 2004 .  

Your symptoms are probably not thyroid related with a level of 2.8.
You might be at your set weight.  If you are not over weight why push 5 lbs.
Fatigue is in most of the world population with todays life style.

You are not hypo, be thankful!
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Thank you for taking time to respond. I had blood tests done back in April and then again in May because my doctor mentioned I had low B-12; a deficiency - and low white cell count, etc. My creatine levels were a bit off and I tested positive for some kind of antibody test but she mentioned she wasn't concerned.

I don't want to sound like a hypochondriac but I am wondering if a b-12 deficiency cause me to feel lousy? I have palpitations and feel exhausted, as well as just plain weird and anxious. I'm an athlete but at this stage, I can only perform at half of my usual pace. My delayed onset muscle soreness is ridiculous compared to what it used to be. I 'm sore for days after only performing a few sets of a few strength exercises. But I force myself to stay active. I just feel run down for the most part.

Again, I appreciate your response and beleive me, I am grateful for not being hypo. I have friends who are and it is really hard on them.

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If your body is used to a TSH of 0.8, you could be having symptoms of hypothyroidism even if your blood tests are normal.

"Normal" for a large population includes a wide spread. "Normal" for you involves a much smaller spread. A difference of .75 either side of where you have been with your TSH when you were healthy can give you symptoms.

So you can have very good bloodwork numbers and have hormone levels that are making you ill. Every person is different.

Now finding a doctor willing to put you on meds when you are "normal" may be a challenge...
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Thanks Again for reiterating that theory! Some seen to think that it is ok just to treat a person based on a lab test. I work in the lab, and in school we were taught that a lab result should only confirm what the doctor suspects. We often get calls from doctors who ask us for advice.Amazing!
If a doctor orders thyroid testing, he must suspect a problem to start with based on the patient's symptoms.
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