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Understanding Lap Results?

From: Helping Myself - 2 years 9 weeks ago

Thyroid Function
TSH 3.7 Range: 0.27-4.2 mU/L
T4 Free 14.3 Range: 10.5-20.0 pmol/L
T3 Free 4.3 Range 3.5-6.5 pmol/L
Thyroperoxidase Ab 11 <35 U/mL

Hello. I'm in Canada. Have suffered with a long list of Hypo symptoms for years. Have a Nodule Dr. is "watching". Always cold, dry skin/hair. Always hungry. Always tired, etc. My last lab results above. Does anyone have any insight if the Thyroperoxidase being 11 (even though it's o.k. per the lab range) indicate Hashimoto's? And I've read that 3.7 TSH is higher than "optimal" (even though the lab range shows "normal")

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Hello. I can't answer all of your questions, but I can help with the TSH question. I was diagnosed with hypothyroid four years ago. Since that time I have found it difficult to function, even with medication. I recently insisted on a referral for an endocrinologist. My labs have always been in the 2.1-3.0 range and my doctor said that I was normal, but I still struggled with symptoms. My new doctor told me that while I was within normal range, I was not in "optimal" range which is closer to 1.0. The key is to get as close to the optimal range as possible. Your doctor may need to raise your dosage and retest to ensure you are at a lower range. My doctor raised my medication to the next highest dosage and said that he will continue to do so until my range improves. I hope all goes well for you. It has been a struggle, but I feel my new doctor really understands my symptoms and can help me. The key is finding a good doctor who will listen and asks a lot of questions.

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