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Sweetfudge

So I Had Some Blood Work Done

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When I went in to the dr. on thursday, I had them take some blood to test my thyroid, as many here have recommended I do. They called me back friday morning. (Sidenote: I was amazed by this, as it took them 3 1/2 months to call me back after taking my blood for the celiac test...lol). Anyway, they said I have borderline low thyroid levels, and that they wanted me to come back in a month or two. What does this mean, and why "in a month or two"? Shouldn't I be taking something to help this? What are the pros and cons of being on thyroid meds? Any advice? Helpful links?

I called my parents yesterday and talked w/ them both. My mom said there's no history of thyroid problems on her side of the family, but that thyroid medicine will probably help me feel better, lose a little weight, and give me back some energy. My dad said that he doesn't think there's anything on his side of the family, although I do have 2 cousins w/ thyroid problems...they most likely got this from their mom's side of the family. He did mention that my grandpa was dxed w/ chronic fatigue syndrome back in the 60's...and they never did any tests on that, so it could have been a thyroid thing. I don't know how important it is to know my family history, I was just interested in seeing if anyone else had dealt w/ it.

Anyway there's my story, just looking for some feedback. Thanks much :D


Sweetfudge

Born and raised in Portland, OR; Currently living in Provo, UT

Gluten-free since June 2006

Also living with Hypoglycemia since 1991

Dairy-free for good since summer 2008

Started IBS diet and probiotics at GI's recommendation - Fall 2008

Also avoiding: potatoes, beans, crucifers, popcorn, most red meat, coconut milk :(

Started eating a Paleo diet Spring 2011. Love it!

The grass is always greener where you water it.

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If even the 'official' thyroid tests show borderline low thyroid, you really need to do something about them. And 'coming back in a few months' is NOT going to be any help at all!

Make an appointment with your doctor to see you now. If this doctor doesn't understand about treatment for this, then find a doctor who does.

Here is a good website to educate yourself while you wait to see your doctor www.stopthethyroidmadness.com


I am a German citizen, married to a Canadian 29 years, four daughters, one son, seven granddaughters and four grandsons, with one more grandchild on the way in July 2009.

Intolerant to all lectins (including gluten), nightshades (potatoes, tomatoes, peppers, eggplant) and salicylates.

Asperger Syndrome, Tourette Syndrome, Addison's disease (adrenal insufficiency), hypothyroidism, fatigue syndrome, asthma

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so i looked at that site a bit, and lots of the symptoms sound like me. what do i need my doc to do for me/give me/etc? what is a good treatment? i've not had time to do much research yet, so i feel pretty clueless....thx :)


Sweetfudge

Born and raised in Portland, OR; Currently living in Provo, UT

Gluten-free since June 2006

Also living with Hypoglycemia since 1991

Dairy-free for good since summer 2008

Started IBS diet and probiotics at GI's recommendation - Fall 2008

Also avoiding: potatoes, beans, crucifers, popcorn, most red meat, coconut milk :(

Started eating a Paleo diet Spring 2011. Love it!

The grass is always greener where you water it.

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I composed a long mail and the cookies ate it :lol: Go back and get your paperwork. You need to see what your Thyroid result was - as a NUMBER - and if all the Throid tests were done. I was told 30 years ago that I had a borderline Thyroid, and that it didn't matter. I have suffered 30 years of CFS, Fibro and it was all due to this one Dr making a bad dx. Many Drs do not understand how to test Thyroid, and how to read a blood test for Thyroid, and how the new labs ranges for Thyroid are changing. Many labs are still using old lab ranges and you may find that your borderline result is not borderline at all.


Diagnosed May 2006 - Hashimotos Thyroid after being diagnosed in 1977 and told it didn't matter.

Diagnosed June 2006 with adrenal insufficiency.

Diagnosed June 2006 as Gluten Intolerant after I failed the Challenge Diet. Negative blood test.No biopsy.

Diagnosed June 2006 as B12 low. Needed weekly injections for a year.Still have them every 2 weeks.

Trialled Dairy Free Diet and reacted positively to that challenge in January 07.

News Flash! Coeliac Genetic Testing done April 08 . DQ2 Positive !

Diagnosed July 2010 FODMAP. Limits on Fructose, lactose, polyols, fructans. NO ONION! But I can have hard cheese, butter and cream again!!!

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I composed a long mail and the cookies ate it :lol: Go back and get your paperwork. You need to see what your Thyroid result was - as a NUMBER - and if all the Throid tests were done. I was told 30 years ago that I had a borderline Thyroid, and that it didn't matter. I have suffered 30 years of CFS, Fibro and it was all due to this one Dr making a bad dx. Many Drs do not understand how to test Thyroid, and how to read a blood test for Thyroid, and how the new labs ranges for Thyroid are changing. Many labs are still using old lab ranges and you may find that your borderline result is not borderline at all.

Is there a specific type of doctor that I need to look for to correctly diagnose what's wrong? What are all the tests they need to do for me? Thx :) I will call the dr on monday and find out what my numbers were.


Sweetfudge

Born and raised in Portland, OR; Currently living in Provo, UT

Gluten-free since June 2006

Also living with Hypoglycemia since 1991

Dairy-free for good since summer 2008

Started IBS diet and probiotics at GI's recommendation - Fall 2008

Also avoiding: potatoes, beans, crucifers, popcorn, most red meat, coconut milk :(

Started eating a Paleo diet Spring 2011. Love it!

The grass is always greener where you water it.

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I have been hypothyroid for over 13 years. And just in the last few months I have finally found a competent doctor.

I would highly recommend that you find a doctor who prescribes and understands Armour thyroid. For a lot of people it makes a HUGE difference.

You can find doctors that prescribe this type of med several ways:

1. ask your local pharmacist for the names of the doctors who prescribe armour

2. visit armour.com and do a search

3. http://www.thyroid-info.com/

visit the above website. on the right hand side choose the link for 'Top Drs' and search for your state

Even though I felt blatantly hypo and my gut feeling told me I was hypo, My tests kept coming back 'normal,' but as Georgie was saying, the thyroid tests are inaccurate and their ranges are HUGE. So if I'd ever thought enough to actually ask to see a copy of my test, I probably would've caught this sooner. So much for trusting your doctor...

If your doctor is on the wait-and-see with borderline low thyroid numbers it might not hurt to get a second opinion.

Keep us posted!

Courtney


Courtney - 25

Columbia, SC

Gluten-free since July 8, 2006

Casein-free since October 16, 2006

Went six weeks, and fell back into a deliciously painful world of cheese.

Casein-free (again and for serious this time) December 11, 2006

Stupid cheese addiction....2/07

Dx Hypothyroid in 1993

Dx Gluten & Casein Sensitive through Enterolab 10/06

Dx Adrenal *Exhaustion* 2/07

Originally from WI, I am still in denial over my newfound casein intolerance. I fear I will not be allowed back into the state if I can no longer eat cheese and drink milk. This could pose some trouble over holidays when I wish to visit my family. It also poses a problem involving the severe rage I feel when I have to throw away somebody's unfinished cheese sticks. That is so wrong.

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I would suggest a Dr that uses Armour and uses saliva testing. If you ring the saliva labs they may have Drs names that use their services. Also the same with pharmacies in your area. A Dr that is DO often seems quite good. Endos seem about the worst usually. They refuse to understand and treat adrenal fatigue, and don't understand borderline Thyroid readings on blood tests. My Dr is just a normal GP who is interested in Natural Therapies as well.


Diagnosed May 2006 - Hashimotos Thyroid after being diagnosed in 1977 and told it didn't matter.

Diagnosed June 2006 with adrenal insufficiency.

Diagnosed June 2006 as Gluten Intolerant after I failed the Challenge Diet. Negative blood test.No biopsy.

Diagnosed June 2006 as B12 low. Needed weekly injections for a year.Still have them every 2 weeks.

Trialled Dairy Free Diet and reacted positively to that challenge in January 07.

News Flash! Coeliac Genetic Testing done April 08 . DQ2 Positive !

Diagnosed July 2010 FODMAP. Limits on Fructose, lactose, polyols, fructans. NO ONION! But I can have hard cheese, butter and cream again!!!

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Thanks everyone. I will give the doc a call tomorrow!


Sweetfudge

Born and raised in Portland, OR; Currently living in Provo, UT

Gluten-free since June 2006

Also living with Hypoglycemia since 1991

Dairy-free for good since summer 2008

Started IBS diet and probiotics at GI's recommendation - Fall 2008

Also avoiding: potatoes, beans, crucifers, popcorn, most red meat, coconut milk :(

Started eating a Paleo diet Spring 2011. Love it!

The grass is always greener where you water it.

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