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need some advice

Posted In: Thyroid conditions 5 Replies
  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • August 7, 2006
  • 11:35 PM

Hi, I could really use some advice.... I have had a test for Hypothyroidism, and the TSH was 1.40, and the Dr says I am fine.... even though I have so many symptoms of it.( in one list of 39 symptoms, and I have 37 of them.) He refuses to do any other tests, or even consider the possibility that I might have it. My Mother was diagnosed with it several months ago, and her numbers were only off a little, (although she doesn't know what they are). Her Dr went ahead and put her on medication, and she said within a month, she felt alot better. I was telling her about some of the things wrong with me, and she suggested I get tested. I had never even heard of Hypothyroidism before this.My memory and concentration are almost nil, and I am so tired all the time, I can't function! The mood swings and depression are getting worse, the list of my problems are endless.
Could this be all in my head?? Or should I be searching for a new Dr?? I HATE Dr's, and have a hard time communicating my problems with them, so I have a hard time being taken seriously. And the thought of going to another new Dr is frightening!
So, I need some advice on what to do. I really appreciate any help you can give me.

Thank you,
Rachel P

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  • I am going through the exact same thing. I have been sick for months and can no longer function and work...My first thryroid test came out "normal" and I ended up in the emergency room Monday for fainting...That test came out "hyperthyroid" although the ER Dr told me I was hypothyroid. My symptems are classic.I will find out today if my doctor will put me on medication or refer me.What I have found out that might be helpful to you....Give up on the Md and go straight to an Endocrinologist
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • August 10, 2006
    • 04:31 PM
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  • My first blood test showed that I was normal (i.e. nothing wrong with me). I insisted on a second blood test a month later and it showed that I was hypothyroid. My doctor said that sometimes your body feels hypothyroid but it takes a couple of weeks for it to show up on the blood test. My doctor actually apologized for not believing that what I was feeling was hypothyroid. She thought I was depressed.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • November 13, 2006
    • 01:53 AM
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  • To find out if you are Hyper(thyroidism) or Hypo(thyroidism) you need 3 blood tests:TSH (only to humor your doctor & keep him happy, Doctors love this test.) *when you take this test, it actually shows your TSH level from 6 weeks before, does NOT show your TSH level at the moment of the test.Free T3 Free T4Any of the other tests like the Total T3 etc. are useless and outdated.All of these tests have "normal ranges" stated. Every one of us have different "normal ranges" for our own bodies. Being in the normal range does not mean that we then should feel great and our bodies are now doing good. Most uninformed doctors think like this, and this is what causes us patients all the problems and our health goes down hill.Hypo causes the body to slow down, tired, sleepy, weak, and most of all depression. The most important thing to do for yourself is to get a copy in your hand of your blood test. You can see for yourself where your levels are. If you're below the range, you are hypo and if you are above, you are hyper.And if you are In Range, but on the low end, you are heading hypo and most likely already are feeling hypo symptoms. Same goes for the top end of the range. This is because we all have different bodies and things affect us all differently. When doctors see you are in range, they assume everything is just wonderful, and when you complain, they don't take you seriously or get annoyed. It can be very frustrating. Just because you are in range, doesn't mean you should feel good.This is why you need copies of your lab results, the actual page. You should be able to get this printed out page in about 3 days or so after your blood test. Just tell your dr. or receptionist you are coming in for a copy. It is your right as a patient, they have to give it to youWhen a dr. tells you your labs are good, don't take his word for it. See your lab results for yourself. Take charge of your own health and change doctors if need be.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • November 19, 2006
    • 01:28 PM
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  • I was wondering what medication did you change too?This is for Brigsxx.I had thyroid cancer and I had thyroid removed in 2005.I am always tired and have somedays the foggy thinking and forgetting things.Don'tknow if it is age related or not.I am on synthroid.My endo Dr. says not to take generic.I am on a higher dose of synthroid because of the thyroid cancer I had.I also had Hashimotos for 21 years,then went into hyperthyroid symptoms,they took me off the synthroid and I ended up with cancer.It is a big guessing game and the Dr. do not listen to symptoms just seem to go by lab results.I also have mvp so anything over I can feel it through heart palps.
    summeri 2 Replies
    • November 19, 2006
    • 05:26 PM
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  • To summeri, I am not Brigsxx but saw that no one has answered you. I am also on Synthyroid (do not have thyroid cancer.) The synthetic brands are Levoxyl, Levothyroxine. Synthyroid does not work for some people.It is unfortunate that your dr. does not listen to symptoms. Your symptoms as you probably know are hypo symptoms. I highly doubt they are age related. My brother in law had his thyroid out due to cysts or whatever it was, many yrs. ago, he was afraid of cancer. Anyway he takes Synthyroid and is always moping and tired with no energy, gained weight. He is only on 50mcg of Synthyroid, the same dose for years. He gets blood tests but never sees the results and the dr. doesn't discuss it with him. He gets a new prescription every month. I talk to him but he doesn't listen. I believe his dose is too high. I believe yours is too even though I don't know what your dosage is. I do know that when you have your thyroid out, as long as your not doing good, you need to get blood tests every 4 wks. and your dose should be adjusted according to your results of your Free T3 and Free T4 test. It can take a very long time to get to your very own set points. Good luck.I don't think I will be writing on here anymore, since no one ever comments after I write. People wants answers and then when someone takes the time to try to help, there is no response.For you, I wish you good luck.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • November 22, 2006
    • 05:48 PM
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