Post # 1
I’m 28 and got bloodwork done for the first time ever about 6 months ago. It came back with the below results regarding my thyroid. From what I’ve read online, it seemed like this could be subclinical hypothyroidism. But, my doctor wasn’t concerned at all. I’ve gained some weight in the past couple years, but I don’t know if this could be related at all if my numbers are nothing to worry about. Anyone have any advice? Is my dr right, absolutely nothing to worry about? Do I need to get my T3 checked? Thanks!
Post # 2
They may not be concerned because it’s only slightly abnormal. Most doctors arent concerned about values that are only slightly off. The ones I work and have worked with arent anyway.
Post # 3
Hi bee, I’m a doctor. Your thyroid stimulating hormone was only very slightly elevated, but because it was outside the reference range, they ran a reflex free T4 measurement too. This shows that the amount of thyroid hormone in your blood is normal. If your thyroid hormone level had been low, that would be indicative of hypothyroidism. At this time, it looks like your thyroid is functioning normally.
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Post # 5
The “normal” range is anywhere from 2-5 for an adult. However ur normal maybe more comfortable in the under 4 range. I have had a thyroid condition since middle school (now 28) and u have to know what feels wrong to u. Weight gain is a sympton so is tiredness, brittle hair/nails, sensitvity to hot/cold. If u dont feel 100% Id ask for a 2nd blood test or a low dosege levothyroxin.
Post # 6
Yes, you definitely need to test your Free T3. Optimal levels of TSH are around 1 and both Free T3 and Free T4 should be in the upper half of the range. Normal isn’t optimal and many “doctors” fail to recognize it.
Post # 7
I agree with dancingfirefly : small changes in thyroid hormone can make a huge impact on day to day life. I’m extremely sensitive to thyroid hormone and have experienced a TSH of less than 0.02 (undetectable) all the way up to over 100 (out of range of the test) and I feel best at .9
Your “best” may be 2 or 3 or even 4. I second the idea of asking for a low dose of levothyroxine. The best I ever felt was when I had my thyroid and was taking a low dose of medication.