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Hypothyroidism

Hypo questions

You gotta go back and take a look at those 3 labs yourself Free T3 Free T4 and TSH. You've got to do your own detective work on that one. These guys aren't looking out for us MH. They are just too busy with a million patients with a million different problems. This is 2012 now and we are our own best advocates, and the only one who is a specialist of you. The cracked feet and fatigue may not be hypothyroidism, but if I had to put my money on any one thing, it would be that. It's virtually epidemic. Rule it out anyway. You're TSH could be in limits but high end. This means you could be sub clinically hypothyroid which for many people feels like crap. The doc however would likely say you're fine with TSH in range. sulkair http://thyroid-hyp e.com  (Feb 17, 2012 | post #8)

Hypothyroidism

Hypo questions

It is sounding more and more like you're probably still hypo. Muscle cramps can also be a symptom of hypothyroidism. Yes, they are your lab results, they belong to you, you paid for them. All you have to do is ask for copies. You will do wonders for yourself if you learn how to read them. Remember you need to specifically ask for Free T4, Free T3, and TSH. i have a page on my website called Thyroid Test that explains it, and you can see a copy of my labs there. Not trying to promote my site - it may help you understand what you need to look is all. http://thyroid-hyp e.com/thyroid_test / As far as what causes Hypothyroidism. It doesn't surprise me that your doc has never sought the cause of it. It is becomming so common now that it is almost normal :( It is often hereditary, and unless there is an underlying causal factor that is creating problems elsewhere then they are usually just going to treat it and move on. Pretty standard. Sulkair PS, I often get a twitching lower eyelid that goes for days on end. wonder if it is related to my hypothyroidism???  (Feb 14, 2012 | post #4)

Hypothyroidism

Heart rate

I went for a physical in the Navy when I was 27 years old - long time ago:) and the doc put Bradycardia down on the physical form. I was an Air Traffic Controller and the physical was an anual event to make sure I was medically qualified to do that job. I asked him what it was, and he said I had a really low, under 60, resting heart rate. He didn't realy seem to care at all. I wasn't in shape either. Passed my physical and sent me on my way. I've never been diagnosed with it since but I was hypothyroid back then and didn't know it. I wouldn't worry too much about it, but I'm not a doctor so please take this as nothing more than comforting words. You should seek professional medical advice. Ok disclaimer over. Is it possible you're still a bit Hypo? Maybe time to get a fresh TSH, FREE T4,FREE T3 test done. Do you feel pretty good otherwise? You might just have a strong effecient ticker. Let us know what you learn on this. Nick Sulkair http://thyroid-hyp e.com "Where knowledge and community equal healing" a website by sulkair  (Feb 13, 2012 | post #2)

Hypothyroidism

Hypo questions

MH, Have you actually seen your labs? I only ask because many time the Doc's office will call and say "yer good." But it is possible you're technically in the right ranges but could be still suffering hypothyroidism symptoms. Second question: Are you getting the right tests done? Are you asking for a Free T3, Free T4, and a TSH? you really need these three tests together to really paint a picture of what is going on with your thyroid hormone levels. The things you describe do sound like Hypothyroid symptoms to me. I would venture a guess that you might still be a bit Hypo - maybe subclinical. The twitching and numbness doesn't fit the bill, but all the other ones do. I used to get mild night sweats when i was hypo. Fatigue, dry skin, weight gain... all classic. If you can get these test you might see that you need to pop up to 75mcg or something. It is worth a look. Subclinical Hypothyroidism is a real problem. If the TSH acceptable range is )0.45 to 4.5 and you are sitting at 4.3 or something - yeah, that is no good. Doc might say you're good, but you're symptoms tell you otherwise. I believe strongly in having a TSH no higher than 2. if you have already done that and you're zero'd in with a nice low TSH, and a middle range Free T3 and T4, I'm so sorry for yammering on here. Good luck, I hope you get it sorted out. Keep us updated!!! Nick / Sulkair http://thyroid-hyp e.com "Where knowledge and community equal healing" a website by sulkair  (Feb 13, 2012 | post #2)