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TSH, T3 & T4 results confusing

From: soyouwontsing - 4 years 44 weeks ago

Hi all,

I'm new to this board so forgive me if I happen to ramble a bit.

About 5 months ago it felt like someone turned on the adrenaline switch in my body. My symptoms were, and still are, as follows:

-night sweats
-severe insomnia
-sensation of pounding heart
-hand tremors
-numbness in arms and fingers
-swollen eyes (could be from lack of sleep)
-IBS symptoms
-irregular period (I used to be like clockwork)
-increased appetite (eating a lot more than usual and not really gaining any weight at all)
-inability to relax

When my doctor tested my thyroid she told me that I am in the "normal range" and I've been on awful psych meds for the last 5 months with zero physical improvement. I asked her for my levels yesterday because I have a friend who has Hashimotos but was also told her levels were "normal" for 2 years. I'm exhausted and energized all of the time and I am doing everything I'm supposed to as far as working out goes and mental health. I'm a runner and meditate etc.

My levels are as follows just for reference:

TSH- .46
FREE T3- 2.6
FREE T4- .81

Is it time for me to see an endocrinologist? I'm so desperate to feel normal again and I don't think my doctor really knows much about this. My mother is hypo and my grandmother also has hormone issues so these kinds of things run in the family.

Has anyone ever been "in the normal range" but felt like absolute garbage? Where do I go from here??

Thank you in advance for any insight.

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Is this good advice?

Yes, see an endocrinologist. Ask for and GET a complete thyroid panel. Make sure it includes a thyroid globulin test. See what the side effects of your meds are. Ask your docs if they might interfere with the test results. Doctors seem to pay attention & give you better care when some one else is watching, so always have some one with you when you talk with the doctor. and take notes. Bring a piece of paper with all the questions you want to ask. Keep asking even if they try to cut your visit short & walk out of the room. Also, bring a separate paper with a list of your meds & supplements (vitamins/minerals). Always do your own research, but don't believe everything on line. Get a 2nd & even 3rd opinion. It's best to do so outside of the company the 1st opinion is from (they seem to cover each other & refer back to the original doc). I mean a different medical group. preferably in a large city at a clinic that specializes in thyroids. Get your calcium level checked too.
Good luck & take care, Angelica