Questions on my labwork.
- 11-18-2007, 03:04 PM
Questions on my labwork.
I had a physical this past wed, and went to the lab for blood work. On friday my Dr's office called to tell me all my results were normal, EXCEPT my thyroid was at "5.7" which was "barely out of normal range, normal upper limit is 5.5" They said they wanted me to come back in 3-4 weeks to retest it as it can have fluctuations.
Now digging around online i see that the limit is really in the 3.3 range IIRC. So it has me kind of freaked out.
My Dr wasn't there, and i had to see her PA, so i am wondering if my Dr will think my thyroid needs to be treated.
Should i ask for a referal to an Endo?
What could be causing my problems?
Thanks for any help.
- 11-18-2007, 03:12 PM
TSH of 5.7 is very high.....
you need Free's tested as well, antis too
since your TSH is high, your hpyothyroidism.
test Ferritin , B12, Iodine, 24hr Cortisol
- 11-18-2007, 03:16 PM
11-18-2007, 04:18 PM
You do not want to change a doctor, not yet.
If this one will do all the testing that you ask him to do, he is golden doctor.
You have to figure out what you have to do, most doctors are of little help figuring out your problem.
But they are big help if they give you the scripts for the tests that you want and any follow up medications that you will ask them for.
Just do not ask doctor to do diagnose for you.
That only few can.
Those who can are slow slow slow, did I mention slow.
It is up to you what you want to do.
The more into the woods you go, the more trees you will see.
It is newer just one problem.
See my story:
Jan's BloodTest April13/2007
JanSz-Metabolic Analysis and Cellular Energy
for tests see post #44
Even if you want to look at your thyroid only, I suggest you do whole blood test as posted plus both thyroid antibody (somebody pls fill in the names).
Last time my out of pocket expense for this test was $6 and change plus many vials of my own blood.
I am on Medicare.
See my bill here:
Bill for my blood test at Quest
11-18-2007, 04:32 PM
Thyroid was not the only test i had done.. It is just the only one they mentioned to me on the phone that was a little out of wack..
I had them test, cortisol, lipids, etc, etc... I just wont have the hard copy of the results for a while, untill they come in the mail.
On a side note ad possably and ignorant question, but i am just not sure. I started a CKD diet sunday of last week, and was carb depleted from SUN to Wed when i took the test. I fasted from tuesday at like 9pm, untill the test.. Is it possable the sudden change in diet could have effected my results on thyroid function?
Any other advice is much appreciated.
11-18-2007, 04:44 PM
Do not start another thread, keep your history in one place.
If the test is big, it may be a worthwhile to retype it in excel file and make it easier to read.
The easier to deal with the more hope for feedback.
There are some real good brains here, just easy on attention span.
Some answers are correct, it is up to you to find which one.
I presented mine test like this:
That is attachment to post #1
11-18-2007, 07:14 PM
Yes, please scan or type in complete results including units and ranges. It's really hard to come to any amateur conclusion without that.
And remember, we are amateurs. You probably should think about seeing and endocrinologist if you are hormonally "out of whack".
11-18-2007, 07:56 PM
11-18-2007, 09:34 PM
You may be better off finding osteopath.
The best is to educate yourself and be able to just ask for proper tests and adjust what you find wrong.
And whoewer is your current doctor, as long as hi is going along and gives you scripts for blood and urine work and medications, he is a keeper.
If you educate your self, bring some supporting material with you for the visit, there are doctors that will let you self direct.
You just have to project confidence and some knowledge of the subject.
Read this board.
Read protocols on
Looking for doctors use my post #56
Jan's BloodTest April13/2007
11-18-2007, 10:28 PM
FYI: The fasting is worth examining as a cause for things being out of whack on the test. I do not know much about thyroid, but I know that fasting would cause LH to drop and thus T to drop. Its something worth looking at.
As well as taking the tests in a "normal" state, it is a good idea to take them in a consistent state. You are going to be comparing test results over time and comparing a fasting for 3 days test with a normal diet is not going to be that useful unless you are trying to measure the results of the diet. Really you want to be changing a variable and retesting, not changing several..
11-18-2007, 10:35 PM
11-18-2007, 10:54 PM
11-18-2007, 11:44 PM
I mean, i don't feel like my metabolism is all that bad.. But i really know nothing about this stuff..
Thanks for all the input everyone. It is much appreciated.
11-19-2007, 09:22 AM
11-19-2007, 12:48 PM
11-19-2007, 01:14 PM
11-19-2007, 02:08 PM
As i said, i have not recieved the labs in the mail, but when i was there i told them i wanted them sent to me.. If they don't show up within a few days i will call them and remind them.
11-19-2007, 02:15 PM
11-20-2007, 12:11 PM
As for your test result, a TSH of 5+ is a warning flag, but not necessarily indicative of a problem. Your TSH could be 500 and it wouldn't matter as long as your free T3 and free T4 are normal.
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