Hack my thyroid results?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created June 06, 2013 at 8:57 PM

I called the lab today to receive my thyroid panel results. I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism a few years ago. I'm currently taking Armour 60mg once a day in the morning. My TSH level is: .0159 T4: 0.7 T3: 2.7

My TSH was low last year when the panels were run also. My doctor thought it could be a 'lazy thyroid' situation induced by the Armour. Now my T4 is really low. My only weird symptoms are waking up in the middle of the night every night and not being able to fall back to sleep (I fall asleep the moment I go to bed every night, I just wake up about 3am for an hour at least, making me feel tired the next day). And I've put on about 5-6lbs I simply CANNOT get rid of. I retain water and burn out/overtrain easily. I'm not cold, no hair loss. Some fatigue but not horrible.

I lift weights (deadlift, backsquat, overhead press, blah blah) 2-3 times a week, walk 3 miles with my dog 4-5 days a week and do bodyweight HIIT type workouts 2 times a week. Can't recomp for the life of me. I'm a 34 year old female. 5'5", about 120lbs. Normal periods and all that jazz. I eat Primal style, cheats are a glass of red wine with dinner or after daily. Moderate to low carb. Mostly moderate.

So, what is up with my labs? This is what the nurse told me over the phone. The doctor hasn't read my labs yet, but "would call me if he wanted to schedule a follow up." Could this be an inflammation thing? Pituitary issue? Thrill me with your acumen.

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on June 07, 2013
at 06:16 AM

Have a look at this: http://labtestsonline.org/understanding/analytes/t4/tab/test

Low TSH with low T4 at the same time might point out at a pituitary problem. But as you have been in meds it could have masked something.

At least you could give it a look and tell your doc if it could be worth checking: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/000343.htm


on August 06, 2013
at 03:29 PM

Sounds like HPA axis dysregulation. Waking up at 3 am every night and not being able to fall back asleep is a dead giveaway. I would recommend testing diurnal cortisol. This at home saliva test is the easiest way to do that: http://www.canaryclub.org/diurnal-cortisol-4x-stress-hormone-kit.html

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