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thyroid issues
November 12, 2006
2:34 pm
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codep
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I hope someone knows about this and can give me a little more information?

I had blood work done about a week ago and the Dr. said that my results for thyroid were a bit higher than normal? What exactly does that mean? Is it that if the # is high then it's an underactive thyroid or vice versa?
And also what exactly does it mean to have an over or underactive thyroid?

Thanks for any help with this...

November 12, 2006
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Thyroid-Stimulating Hormone (TSH)
This test is used to identify primary hypothyroidism and to differentiate it from secondary (pituitary) and tertiary (hypothalamus) hypothyroidism.
Tri-iodothyronine (T3) This test is used to evaluate thyroid function. It is primarily used to diagnose hyperthyroidism. Thyroxine (T4)
is increased with hyperthyroidism.

I have had thyroid issues since my teens. First I was Hyper thyroid then after a number of years I went hypo thyroid. It's a matter of regulating it with meds and testing once a year.

Atalose

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November 12, 2006
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Thank you for the help,

So what exactly does it mean? What other things could I have issues with because of it?

November 12, 2006
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If you have hypo-thyroidism, you may be gaining weight despite exercise, feel hungry all the time, be sleepy or tired all the time, and have thicker than normal facial hair growth. It means your thyroid is not working well, so your metabolism is slowed down...hyperthyroidism is an overactive thyroid, so you generally would feel hyper or anxious, be losing weight, have trouble sleeping, have a racing heartbeat.

I would suggest you call your doctor and discuss the questions you have - these things can be adjusted with medication, although it may take a while to get the doses right. And it is your body, so you should feel comfortable with your understanding of the diagnosis and your treatment options.

Oh, and usually, they will test the levels a few times, just to make sure.

hope this helps,

zax

November 13, 2006
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It all depends on what levels are high and how high they are. Sometimes it could be hormonal. I wouldn't worry, wait and talk to your doctor.

Atalose

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