I'm putting 2 questions together because it is related.
1. I have problem here: my Primary doctor says that my Thyroid panel indicates that there might be something wrong with my pituitary gland or/and hypothalamus. (but how wrong? he doesn't know he said.)
-TSH is low, 3 different tests show that 0.22, 0.36, 0.50. (normal 0.55-4.78)
-T4(thyroxine) is also low, 4.3, 5.7 (normal 5.7-11.4)
-T3(total) is also low, 67 (nomad 80-200)
-Antibodies-TPO Ab is elevated, 41, another time 65 (normal <35)
-Free T3 also low, 2.2 (normal 2.5-4.3)
2. I started measuring my temperature. morning, mid day and night. My morning is 94.9 the lowest, 96.2 the highest. My day or night temperature is not much better at all. this evening after meal it was 96.1.
The doc says that TSH, T4, T3 all low along with elevated ANTIBODIES-TPO is uncommon.
What is wrong with me? What does this indicate??
asked byHanne (252)
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on January 13, 2012
at 02:51 PM
Both Chris Kesser and Ray Peat are great sources of information. Also check out the website http://www.stopthethyroidmadness.com/ for even more info and links.
I recently switched from Eltroxin (man-made) to Desiccated Thyroid (porcine) for my hypothyroidism and much prefer it. My temp came up and I sleep and feel far better.
on January 13, 2012
at 02:38 PM
Your labs and body temps sure sound like a classic presentation of "Low T3 syndrome." It's too bad your doctor didn't take the time to explain this to you, but luckily, Chris Kresser has a pretty good, easy to understand article about this:
I cannot stress enough how important it is for you to take your thyroid seriously--if you fail to address this, you health WILL deteriorate slowly but surely, and you will be miserable. And this need not happen. Causes and the best treatment may take a little time to figure out, but treatment is not particularly burdensome or difficult, nor even expensive. Depending on the cause of your troubles, you may be dealing with your thyroid for the rest of your life, but as chronic conditions go, thyroid isn't too bad--provided it's well managed.
After reading the above article, I suggest you browse ALL of Kresser's thyroid articles for a deeper understanding, and some perspectives that will likely be somewhat different than you doctor's. Start here:
As a lifelong thyroid disease patient--first hyperthyroid, then (and now) hypothyroid, with a mother, two grandmothers, and a sister with the condition, learning about thyroid disease has been something of a lifelong persuit for me. So I've done considerable research. I have to say that I have been pretty impressed with Kresser's work and perspective on this topic. But just be aware that he is not an MD. On the other hand, I have been failed by so many MDs over the years that I hardly consider that a credential that automatically confers legitimacy on a healthcare professional. Use your best judgement, but be very critical and follow up everything with more of your own research. And that research should obviously NOT be limited to advice you get on Palehacks.