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Can someone please help me with these results?

From: redwind30 - 9 years 30 weeks ago

I am a 52 year old female. Over the past 18 months I have lost aprx 60-70 pounds. Much of this is due to grieving as my husband passed away. However, a friend suggested I may be losing weight due to a thyroid problem. During my last "physical" I received the following lab results:

TSH 3rd generation 2.76
T3 uptake 31
T4 Total 7.2
Free T4 Index 2.2
The Doctor did not mention that there was a problem and I really did not feel there was a reason to ask. It was not until after my friend my this suggestion that I became concerned.

Are these lab results indicating there may be a problem?
Is the amount of weight I lost indicating there may be a problem?

My friend has gotten me a little paranoid so I would appreciate some feedback.
thanks for your help

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Dear Redwind30,

I empathize with your loss. I lost my mother when I was 20 and lost a lot of weight as well, dropping down to a bony 86lbs...

I am now nearing 32 and are hypothyroid.
I have not heard of a t3 uptake nor a T4 total, however here are normal ranges for some common thyroid labs.

First I will notate, I am not a dr nor have done a lot of research. I have done some, as my numbers are baffling to me!

TSH .035-4.5mIU/ml
Thyroid Peroxidase AB 0-60
Antythyroglobulin Ab 0-60
T4 FREE .078-1.35
T3 FREE 2.3-4.2

My opinion is, if you are comfortable with your physician, ask him/her to explain your results to you. Ask if any of them are off, should you be concerned, why shouldn't you be concerned. Become educated on normal ranges for thyroid levels. If you are not comfortable with your primary physician is telling you, get a second opinion.

Here are a couple of sites that have some information about thyroid labs: