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I'm with LuckyTerri.

It would be best if you had your thyroid hormone levels checked:

FreeT4 (T4 or thyroxine, free, direct)
FreeT3 (tri-iodothyronine, free, serum)

If either level is below mid-range, that would explain your symptoms which do sound hypothyroid.

Feel free to post the results here (with ranges) and we'll help you interpret them.

While everyone is different, most people need both their FreeT4 and FreeT3 levels in the upper half of the range, if not in the upper third of the range.

I happen to need even higher levels, otherwise I have hypo symptoms.

You want to find a doctor like LuckyTerri sees - one that recognizes that everyone's "normal" is different. It doesn't sound like this doctor will look at in-range thyroid labs and declare them "normal" if the patient is having symptoms.

You are having symptoms - let's make sure your thyroid levels look "normal".

While weight is obviously a big issue, it would probably be better for you to avoid highlighting that particular concern with any doctor. Some seem to think we're looking for meds to rev up our metabolisms so we can lose weight and they ignore all the other symptoms that are also unhealthy.
[QUOTE=sammy64;4774964]I'm with LuckyTerri.

It would be best if you had your thyroid hormone levels checked:

FreeT4 (T4 or thyroxine, free, direct)
FreeT3 (tri-iodothyronine, free, serum)

If either level is below mid-range, that would explain your symptoms which do sound hypothyroid.

Feel free to post the results here (with ranges) and we'll help you interpret them.

While everyone is different, most people need both their FreeT4 and FreeT3 levels in the upper half of the range, if not in the upper third of the range.

I happen to need even higher levels, otherwise I have hypo symptoms.

You want to find a doctor like LuckyTerri sees - one that recognizes that everyone's "normal" is different. It doesn't sound like this doctor will look at in-range thyroid labs and declare them "normal" if the patient is having symptoms.

You are having symptoms - let's make sure your thyroid levels look "normal".

While weight is obviously a big issue, it would probably be better for you to avoid highlighting that particular concern with any doctor. Some seem to think we're looking for meds to rev up our metabolisms so we can lose weight and they ignore all the other symptoms that are also unhealthy.[/QUOTE]



No Sammy, you're right. My doc would not ever ignore my symptoms. I hope JessEmily finds a doc like mine if she can't get hers to listen.

I'm beginning to learn a lot from you ladies. That's why I knew to ask my Doctor how he would treat me if I did become hypo. He gave me the answers you all have been saying. That's when I knew I needed to become WAY more open minded. Thanks!





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