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Old 04-03-2011, 02:26 PM
 
Location: Mostly in my head
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You need a complete thyroid panel, not just the TSH. And you need to see an endocrinologist who specializes in thyroid problems (my 1st endo din't, he was a diabetes specialist). Both hypo- and hyperthyroid conditions have a huge overlap of symptoms.
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Old 04-03-2011, 10:13 PM
 
Location: Tucson for awhile longer
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Please don't worry that your doctor is looking too hard at your thyroid. Many of us have had the problem of begging to have our thyroids checked and we can't get any cooperation. I've had every single hypothyroid symptom in the book since I was in college (longer ago than I care to admit). I would tell doctors my symptoms and all they would do was a basic thyroid screening test and my levels always fell with in the "normal" range (which someone told me has never varied since the 1930s).

Very recently, endocrinologists finally came to the conclusion that the normal range was way too narrow and they widened it (almost double). In the meantime, my untreated hypothyroid had become so bad (including a goiter) that I was now finally testing as hypo- even within the old narrow range. After a complete panel, I was treated with both T3 and T4 medication, as well as mega-doses of Vitamin D, often too low in people with both thyroid malfunction and clinical depression.

I experienced immediate, almost shocking, improvement. Within three weeks I was sleeping for more than three hours at a time -- something I haven't done for years. Within six weeks other people were actually noticing that I had much more energy -- my productivity markedly improved. Within eight weeks my previously high blood pressure returned to normal. I have begun losing weight at the rapid rate I had previously gained it. After three months, my goiter disappeared. In my last tests, I was within the normal range.

These improvements are no small matter in my life. I can't help but believe the situation will also be a boon in ways I can't even see, such as the condition of my heart and other organ functions. Giesela, especially given that you are a smoker of long-standing, please don't ignore your thyroid. I agree that some doctors over-test, but this is one other people are begging for and often not getting even when they badly need it. This is certainly a case of better safe than sorry.
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Old 05-14-2011, 11:39 PM
 
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I was sent to an Endocrinologist doc after my routine physical and bloodwork showed a hyperthyroid and possible Graves. She did an ultrasound to look at my thyroid, it wasnt enlarged nor did she feel any nodules prior to doing the ultrasound. It is good to get an ultrasound if there are possible issues so you can see progression and changes over time.
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Old 05-16-2011, 09:25 AM
 
Location: Illinois
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I'm on Synthroid (175mg) for my hypothyroidism. But going to ask for a complete panel on the next check up. I just want to be sure the meds strength I'm on is suffient.
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