Recent investigation report shows FT3 2.9Pg/ml (ref range- 2.0 - 4.4) FT4 1.0 ng/dl (ref range- 0.93 - 1.7) TSH 11.6 IU/ml (ref range- 0.27 - 4.2). Doctor has prescribed company - macleods pharmaceuticals ltd, thyroxine sodium tablet - Thyrox-50. Am I on right treatment?
19 Feb 2013
When a TSH is high-it means that you have low thyroid hormone levels-so backward--- The T3 especially shows that your body is converting what thyroid you have in your body effectively, you just don't have that much thyroid in your body. I worry more about my TSH-some here don't agree with me.
It seems that every few years they come out with new thyroid hormone supplements. If I was having trouble with my meds, I'd know more about new stuff.
I do know sometimes a brand of thyroid doesn't work too well for some people, so they try something else. I was started on a synthetic that had me crawling out of my skin in about 8 days. If that happens, get real depressed or something-immediately contact your doctor- but don't give up. With such a low thyroid level-high TSH-you are in danger of suffering permanent heart damage from ruined heart muscles. This messes up other glands and how they work. It takes about 6 weeks before another scan is run, if things are going well. Some people feel better in a short time- some take a week to 6-8 weeks for some. It just depends on how messed up your body is.
The secret of this is to trust the doctor-but complain if anything is out of order. Your med might work quite well for me, but why should I change- my med might not work for you-each person is special and reacts a bit differently- So Good Luck--- PS- you can talk to me any time you want.
19 Feb 2013
Hello. Meyati is absolutely right. Also know that the blood test is a snap shot of one moment in time. It takes weeks for thyroid medicine to work. Give it time, unless you have side effects.
Refer to the doctor and read all you can. It is best to be our own advocate for our health. That is how we learn and empower ourselves.
Write anytime with questions. Hope you are doing well. Karen
21 Feb 2013
Thanks for the response. Well this was the first time that my blood report showed high TSH value. And the Doc said its genetic, but I just wanted to confirm about the medicine. WHO and American Thyroid Association has also mentioned many ifs and buts about Thyroid (www. thyroid .org).
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