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    Default Thyroid Numbers to Look For in Tests

    I will be having my thyroid scanned (again) for nodules that were found a few years ago, along with blood work done. I remember reading somewhere within this forum on the number (count) we should be looking at regarding thyroid results, but I cannot find that thread. It was posted long ago.

    Can someone tell me what I need to check for (in numbers) regarding my blood work, once done? I would be most appreciated.

    UPDATE: I may have found what I was looking for. I believe we are suppose to have our TSH, FT4 and FT3 numbers reviewed, is this correct? Is there anything else I should ask about?
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    Default Re: Thyroid Numbers to Look For in Tests

    TSH is the normal check - it checks if there is a high level of this hormone. If there is, your thyroid is probably not active enough

    You can also get numbers for the T3 and T4 as you mention. Those are thyroxine (T4) and triiodothyronine (T3) - two thyroid hormones found in your blood
    Almost all tests just test for T4 - which is the easier one to test for
    The F you mention in your list - refers to free I suppose. You can ask to test for the Free T4 test - if they do it - that test is considered more accurate that the more general test done

    Do you have metabolic issues in addition to the nodules?








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    Default Re: Thyroid Numbers to Look For in Tests

    Quote Originally Posted by liv View Post
    TSH is the normal check - it checks if there is a high level of this hormone. If there is, your thyroid is probably not active enough

    You can also get numbers for the T3 and T4 as you mention. Those are thyroxine (T4) and triiodothyronine (T3) - two thyroid hormones found in your blood
    Almost all tests just test for T4 - which is the easier one to test for
    The F you mention in your list - refers to free I suppose. You can ask to test for the Free T4 test - if they do it - that test is considered more accurate that the more general test done

    Do you have metabolic issues in addition to the nodules?
    Thanks for the info on this. I am printing out your post and will take it with me to the doc on June 6th. Very helpful.

    Yes, I think I do have a metabolic issue. I can't lose weight very easily, my metabolism has decreased (even on Induction), and my hair is falling out a little.

    Something isn't right.
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    Default Re: Thyroid Numbers to Look For in Tests

    I have thyroid issues but I am not really an expert. I am sure they will be able to help you at the docs.
    I have my thyroid tested regularly and use meds to make it work for me. Hope it goes well at the docs








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    Default Re: Thyroid Numbers to Look For in Tests

    Thxs Liv. My appointment has been rescheduled to see my doctor on June 3rd. From there, she will refer me to the thyroid specialist... again. Will keep everyone posted here in the event something 'off' is noticed. I'm hoping for the best but hard to say at this point.
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    Those are really good tests to get done. Unfortunately, many doctors, even endocrinologists, do not properly treat the thyroid. Most only focus on T4 which TSH measures, when they also need to look at T3 and TPO.

    Every person is different so it's important to figure out why the thyroid is not working properly, how it's not working right, and what the best treatment of meds to support the body will be. Find a doctor willing to work with you on all these things. Ask questions, get a copy of your lab results and research what they mean.

    I spent years on T4 only medication when I really needed T3 as well. I am a poor converter of T4 into T3 so while my T4 and TSH was always in range, I still felt like crap. I finally found a doctor that would test T3 and mine was "on the floor". So he prescribed T3 medication (Cytomel) and I started feeling much better.

    The other important thing is to focus on clean eating that reduces inflammation and chemicals that are hard on the thyroid and most likely what caused it to stop working right. Reducing chemicals like bromide, fluoride, and chlorine as much as possible (can't be totally avoided, but read your labels), and making sure you are getting sufficient iodine in your diet/vitamins.

    And for diet, low carb helps alot but don't' go too low either as that's just as hard on the thyroid. I highly recommend going up the OWL ladder and aiming for 40-60g of carbs.

    And lastly, accept your weight loss will be slower due to the thyroid issues, etc. Focus on clean eating and making this way of eating your life. The weight loss will happen as it does. Make sure you're getting good exercise in too, especially some weights that builds and maintains muscles as more muscle = better metabolism and happier thyroid.
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