Lab results of TSH: I had a lab done on 2-21-2013 and the one I don't understand is the TSH, 3rd generation is 4.62 (0.40-4.50 mIU/L) it ia marked as High does this mean that my thyroid is high or low? I am 66 yo and had 4 surgeries from last year April till Sep. 1, 2012, the doctor did not seem overly consinerd about it, but if someone understands these labs I would love to know what they mean. Merrryanne in Central FL
New Haven, Ct, United States
Orange City, Florida, Usa
Hi Ec..... I am hypothyroid, have been for the past three years. As many of us who has this disease know, you can never feel the way you did when you were not sick. I personally have changed my diet, used every green drink/vitamin imaginable and am still struggling. Recently, I have noticed that anytime I have a stressful day, or has overworked, I would have this sudden discomfort directly in the center of my chest. It would last from an hour to sometimes the whole day. I have used cayenne, lemon water, magnesium, fresh green juice, co q10, apple cider vinegar, garlic etc but nothing seems to help until one day out of desperation, I reached for a glass of milk don't ask me why.. All I know is that it took maybe 10 mins for the feeling to just disappear. I cannot up till now figure out why milk out of everything helped this issue. Could it me I was lacking calcium? I hope someone in this wonderful community can help me figure out this one. Please guys.... Bill, Lisa, anyone.... Your input would be very appreciated. God Bless
I swim everyday for 30 min. in an indoor chlorinated pool. I also have hypothyroidism. Is this bad for me? I have ask two Dr.s but they seem clueless. I have come across a couple of comments online that suggest swimming in an indoor chlorinated pool is bad for the thyroid. Is this true? Unfortunately, because of knee problems and shin splints I have had to move to a low impact aerobic form of exercise. Swimming seemed a viable alternative.
After swimming for a year, I am now worried about my thyroid. I had the condition well before I started swimming. But, I'm wondering if I'm exasperating my condition? Or, asking for even more trouble with my thyroid by swimming? It is all in an attempt to stay healthy, and maintain a level of fitness despite my hypothyroidism, but now I'm wondering if I'm doing more harm then good.
Louisville, Ky, Usa
San Fernando, Philippines
Columbus, Oh, Usa
White River Jct, Vermont
Hey EC: I have a quick question for anyone with an answer. In my quest for a healthier lifestyle since being diagonosed as hypothyroid, I started a morning smoothie made with pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, wheatgerm, a few brazil nuts and a splash of milk. A day or so after drinking this smoothie, I noticed that I kinda feel wired and struggle to sleep in the night. I am tired but I just cannot sleep. Also, I developed a constant headache. Any idea whats going on? I love this smoothie and don't want to stop drinking it because of these problems. Help please someone!!!! Thank you guys.
Seattle , Wa - Usa
Hey EC: I am hoping someone can help me with this problem. Shortly after being diagnosed as being hypothyroid, I noticed that small white spots started appearing on my legs/calves etc. Didn't pay much attention to it until the other day while doing a pedicure, I was stunned to see how much it had spread. Anyone knows what is causing this? Is this a common symptom of this disease? What if it keeps spreading. Help someone/anyone with an answer. Thank you EC. You people are the best!!!
Michelbach-le-bas, Alsace, France
White River Jct, Vt
I was wondering if anyone has had the same issues I'm dealing with being Hypothryoid.
I had RAI done in 2009 for being Hyperthyroid, consequently I became Hypo due to this procedure I'm taking 137mg of Synthroid but find that I'm still dealing with the most troublesome issue of burning and watery eyes. I now have noticed that one of my eyelids is drooping a bit my Dr says my levels are fine with the Synthroid and that in time this should go away???? Has anyone had to deal with this before?
Any feedback would be so helpful, Thank you so much...
Cambria Heights, Ny, Usa
San Antonio, Tx
Does anyone know what causes the puffiness on face/hands etc in hypothyroid patients? Since my diagnosis recently, i have noticed that my hands especially are really puffy. Its really kinda scary. Thanks everyone for an early reply.
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Wills Point, Texas
Bozeman, Mt, Us
Most doctors know hypothyroidism is an autoimmune disease. But most patients don't. The reason doctors don't tell their patients is simple: it doesn't affect their treatment plan.
Studies show that 90% of people with hypothyroidism are producing antibodies to thyroid tissue. This causes the immune system to attack and destroy the thyroid, which over time causes a decline in thyroid hormone levels. This autoimmune form of hypothyroidism is called Hashimoto's disease. While not all people with Hashimoto's have hypothyroid symptoms, thyroid antibodies have been found to be a marker for future thyroid disease.
The following are the five major thyroid patterns that don't show up on standard tests
1.HYPOTHYROIDISM CAUSED BY PITUITARY DYSFUNCTION:
TSH below the functional range (1.8 ? 3.0) but within the standard range (0.5 ? 5.0). The T4 will be low in the
functional range (and possibly the lab range too).
2.UNDER-CONVERSION OF T4 TO T3.
This common pattern is caused by inflammation and elevated cortisol levels. T4 to T3
conversion happens in cell membranes. Inflammatory cytokines damage cell membranes
and impair the body's ability to convert T4 to T3. High cortisol also suppresses the
conversion of T4 to T3. it doesn't matter how
much T4 you take; you won't be able to use it. you'll have hypothyroid symptoms, but your TSH and T4 will be normal.
If you have your T3 tested, which it rarely is in conventional settings, it will be low
3. HYPOTHYROIDISM CAUSED BY ELEVATED TBG.
Thyroid binding globulin (TBG) is the protein that transports thyroid hormone through the
blood. When thyroid hormone is bound to TBG, it is inactive and unavailable to the
tissues. Elevated TBG is caused by high estrogen levels, which are often often associated with
birth control pills or estrogen replacement. When TBG levels are high, levels of unbound (free) thyroid hormone will be low, With this pattern, TSH and T4 will be normal. If tested, T3 will be low, and T3 uptake and
TBG will be high.
4. HYPOTHYROIDISM CAUSED BY DECREASED TBG.
But too much free thyroid hormone in the bloodstream causes the cells to develop
resistance to it. So, even though there's more than enough thyroid hormone, the cells
can't use it and you'll have hypothyroid ? not hyperthyroid ? symptoms. Decreased TBG is caused by high testosterone levels. In women, it is commonly
associated with PCOS and insulin resistance. Reversing insulin resistance and restoring
blood sugar balance is the key to treating this pattern.With this pattern, TSH and T4 will be normal. If tested, T3 will be high, and T3 uptake and
TBG will be low.
5. THYROID RESISTANCE.
In this pattern, both the thyroid and pituitary glands are functioning normally, but the
hormones aren't getting into the cells where they're needed. Note that all lab test markers will be normal in this pattern, because we don't have a way
to test the function of cellular receptors directly.
Thyroid resistance is usually caused by chronic stress and high cortisol levels. It can also
be caused by high homocysteine and genetic factors.
Causes (read more in the Chris Kressser free ebook"Thyroid Disorders"):
-The Gluten-Thyroid Connection
-Iodine for Hypothyroidism: Crucial Nutrient or Harmful Toxin?
-Selenium ? The missing link for treating hypothyroidism?
-Thyroid, Blood Sugar, and Metabolic Syndrome
-The Thyroid-Gut Connection
Aransas Pass, Tx
Thyroid: what is the recomended T3 level? Mine is 4.4, my t4 is 10.1 ans s-tsh is 4.27
Since so many questions have come in about figuring out what they have, thought this hypothyroid checklist might come in handy for EC.
However, thinking along the lines that no one ever died from a deficiency of aspirin or any other drug, but they do die from a deficiency of necessary vitamins and minerals (which are usually secondary to our overfed and undernourished American diets). They might just find an answer to what ails them by looking up vitamin and mineral deficiency symptoms.
We were never told much of anything about causes of sluggish thyroids or heart arrhythmias in physiology ( and neither were your doctors) but I learned in a hurry from patients. When I had to cut a patients thyroid medication in half after putting her on Stress Tabs 4 x day, I pulled out my pharmacology book and read that a deficiency of B vitamins caused sluggish thyroid function. Another woman (in her 70's at the time) had her bijeminy heart rate revert to a normal rhythm with the Stress Tabs and throwing out the bleached flour and making her breads with whole grains. I remarked to a psychiatrist that the best nerve pills I knew of was a good stress tab at meal times and bedtime. Her reply was: "Ssh! You'll put us out of business.
Hello, I would like to request your input regarding the link between low thyroid and anemia. About one year ago I was diagnosed with iron-deficient anemia and been told by my doctor to take OTC iron supplements, I took it for a couple of months and then stopped. I went back recently for blood work to see if things have improved and not only have there not been any improvements, but my numbers (iron, %saturation and hemoglobin) are actually lower. I also know from the way I feel (tired, depressed, unable to think clearly, shortness of breath, etc.) that things have not improved.
I started searching about anemia and came across some information that discusses the possible link between anemia and low thyroid function. Does anyone have any thoughts or personal experience regarding this? If so, please let me know, I thank you very much in advance. I have been considering taking raw thyroid supplement and liquid iron to see if things get better...
From The Woods Of, Wv, Usa
After reading about various "cures" and improvements of thyroid-related conditions through the use of various supplements, I'm left wondering if everyone can achieve these results. My mother had most of her thyroid removed as a teenager and has been on a synthetic replacement ever since. My brother and I have hypothyroidism as well. Can hereditary thyroid issues require someone to be on hormone replacement for life? Am I predisposed to an under-active thyroid gland no matter what supplements I use? Is it a waste of time for me to look for alternative cures?
Sherwood Park, Alberta, Canada
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Richardson, Tx, USA
Please can someone help. I have hypothyridism and so a naturally low appetite. I have no desire whatsoever to eat, and we have hot weather which isn't helping. Today I ate nothing until lunchtime when I had half a marmite sandwich, and tonight I made a chicken salad which I picked at. My cat ate more of it than I did. I cannot begin to think about having fruit, or anything else nutritious, at some other time because then I will eat nothing in the evening. How do I handle this?
St Amans De Pellagal, France
St Amans De Pellagal, France
St Amans De Pellagal, France
St Amans De Pellagal, France
I was diagnosed with low thyroid. I have worked my way up to taking 15 drops of 12% solution of lugol's iodine, over the last 11 months. With all the the necessary supported supplements. I salt load twice a day. This has helped me a lot and got rid of most of my symptoms. I no longer needed to take NDT. Now I am getting aching joints, sleepless nights and low energy ( what I see as low thyroid symptoms, just like in the beginning. ) When I increase to 20 drops a day, I feel better, am I taking too much, I'm just a little concerned as to what the limit is on the amount of Lugols to take? Thank you in advance.
Having read that many suffering from hypo-thyroid are iodine deficient, I decided it would be a good idea to test myself by painting a small two by four inch area with iodine to see how long it would take to absorb. Six hours was the average time needed. Five days a week, for a month and a half I painted with the iodine. My prior blood test indicated that I was just in the top of the upper normal range. The blood test after six weeks of use, showed my TSH was 4.21, the normal range indicated was between 0.30 and 4.00 mlU/L my TSH two months prior was 3.96, my free triioddothyronine was 4.2and my free T 4 was 12, these falling within the excepted normal range.
Recently I read that ninety percent of all hypo-thyroids have Hashimoto's and should not take iodine. It would seem this was true in my case so just wanted to warn others that might be considering using this protocol. Guess I will have to ask to have my iodine levels checked next blood work. Right now I am totally confused. I am also wondering if anyone else knows if NDT has ever been checked for traces of ractopamine? Could it be a part of the reason we are gaining weight even while being careful of our diet? I don't even want to think about having to use synthroid. My NDT does not seem to be working even after having my dose doubled from 15mg to 30mg.
Is anyone else having this problem? Any input on the subject would be appreciated. Thanks to all who make this site such a success.
All the best, Ali
San Fernando, Philippines