... I am pretty convinced that I have a thyroid problem but dont know what to do next? ANy sugestions?
12 Jan 2012
I was also convinced I was hypothyroid. I had a lot of the symptoms as well. My doctor did a blood test but levels did not convince him so I asked him to refer me to an Endocronologist. He said I don't know why I am but I will. I saw one and she said with my symptoms and bloodwork I really was hypothyroid. I have been on Synthroid since. (Thryroid med). Keep pursueing it. You need to see an Endocronologist for sure. Good luck!
12 Jan 2012
Hi mikg - I have had hypothyroid for over 10 yrs & was convinced that something else was going on, as well, recently. My Psychiatrist actually told me that some of the Psych meds may well mask thyroid function blood test results. So, after begging my Internist to keep checking hormones, he finally saw that I had low morning cortisol (Adrenal dysfunction), as well as, low ACTH (the hormone produced by the brain giving instructions to cortisol production)... then, I asked to be referred to an Endocrinologist, which he was initially reluctant to do! I have now taken a full myriad of hormonal function tests to discover cause of all this. The specialist thinks it could be stemming from pituitary. All of this to say, you have a gut feeling. Follow through on it! Many things can affect the results of a thyroid panel, even tho the Dr. may say that's wrong.
See an Endocrinologist & have him do the complete battery of tests for any/all hormonal dysfunction because they all affect one another! And, as was posted, get full thyroid (T3, T4, TSH, etc). Most Drs. only want to do the basics, which doesn't give a full reading... and, don't forget to tell the specialist all the meds you're on. Good luck! Jillian
10 Jan 2012
Yes, ask for not only your TFT test but Thyroid stimulating hormone, T3 and T4, and if they really go into it Thyroid globulin. Because the Thyroid Function Test can easily come back normal and there still be a problem. My mum had Hashimoto thyroiditis (it took years for them to work this out) and I had thyroid cancer. Good luck with it and don't give up we know our own bodies better than someone not in it!
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