This seems normal? Not sure why TSH is high?
TSH 3.4 uIU/mL
T4 7.7 ug/dL
T3 Uptake 36 %
Free Thyroxine Index 2.8
FT4 (Direct) 1.34 ng/dL
RT3, Serum 15.2ng/dL
Total Cholestrol 252
LDL cholestrol calc 184
VItamin d: 60ng/mL
Does working on affect blood test results? I've been taking 200mcg of selenium and 400mcg of iodine about 5 days a week for a year and a half. Lowish carb paleo.
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on October 12, 2013
at 09:06 PM
Your iodine dose of 400mcg is too high, possibly suppressing your thyroid. Daily recommended amount is ~150??g (remember you get plenty already from food, possibly not needing supplementation at all). If supplemental iodine doesnt help you, more iodine won't make it better.
All in all, also from the temps/pulse/symptoms you report, I think you'd benefit from a thyroid supplement.
on October 12, 2013
at 08:59 PM
undertongue temp: 97, BPM: 52. Measured in afternoon 30 min post meal.
on September 23, 2013
at 09:44 PM
Yea, I've been taking selenium with the Iodine and doing it based on those recommendations, but I haven't been increasing the iodine. I was at 400mcg for over a year, just bumped up to 1mg. I think I notice a difference.I think I was definitely in ketosis, I seem to go into ketosis easy. There was a time when I had some kind of urine test done (I was eating a lot more carbs at this time) and the doctor made note about ketones... But my WBC was 4.2. I looked back on old bloodwork and it's always been that low or lower. Thanks again I really appreciate the help.
on September 22, 2013
at 06:50 AM
You need symptoms to interpret those numbers. You have TSH that could be getting up there but it may not correlate with symptoms. Your T4/Ft4 are somewhat low but not significantly so, while your T3/Ft3 are low enough to trigger symptoms. But not always. Your Ft3/Rt3 should be higher but it isn't really low. It's solely because of your low-normal FT3; your Rt3 is only high in relation to that Ft3, not high by itself.
Like in most hypothyroid cases, it's not open and shut. You're seronegative for both Hashimoto's antibodies and they're low enough that you won't need to check them again for a while. If you have symptoms, you're technically euthyroid and possibly on your way to being subclinically hypothyroid. But then you may not; you could stay here or depending on what you've been doing, your Ft3 could rise and your symptoms, if you have any, may resolve without intervention. This is the murky nature of thyroid therapy. But there aren't any conventional MDs that will treat you even if you had symptoms.
If your LDL increased while your FT3 decreased, then you could make a case that it's your Ft3 drop that's elevating your LDL and, by extension, your total cholesterol. So in lieu of statins, you might try to get that up. But that's also a big inference. This is an art, not a science. And you can't interepret these numbers in a vacuum, like many MDs do. It's up to exactly how you're feeling.