Low Normal Thyroid Levels

It’s an epidemic problem -- and you could have it.

Low thyroid function affects more than 30 million women and 15 million men. And it can lead to problems losing weight; decreased sex drive; depression; anxiety; thinning hair; and poor quality, thick, cracked fingernails.

So what’s responsible for low thyroid function and why are so many people affected?

Chronic thyroid problems can be caused by many factors, including environmental toxins such as pesticides, which act as hormone or endocrine disruptors and interfere with thyroid hormone metabolism and function.

In one study, people released pesticides from their fat tissue as they lost weight.

This interfered with their thyroid function and caused hypothyroidism. The toxins slowed metabolism and prevented them from losing more weight.

This study is significant, because it shows exactly how toxins interfere with thyroid function.

Heavy metals such as mercury can also affect thyroid function. I see many people with chronic hypothyroidism and other thyroid problems because mercury interferes with normal thyroid function.

The other big factor that interferes with thyroid function is chronic stress. The more stress you are under, the worse your thyroid functions. Correcting poor thyroid function must address the effects of chronic stress and provide support to the adrenal glands.

The next major factor that affects thyroid function is chronic inflammation. The biggest source of this chronic inflammation is gluten, the protein found in wheat, barely, rye, spelt, and oats. This common allergen affects about 10 to 20 percent of the population. This reaction occurs mostly because of our damaged guts, poor diet, and stress.

I also think eating so-called Frankenfoods, such as hybridized and genetically modified grains with very strange proteins, makes us sick.

Our bodies don’t recognize these foods and create antibodies to fight them. This chronic inflammatory response interferes with thyroid function -- and contributes to the epidemic of inflammatory diseases in the developed world.

Lastly, nutritional deficiencies play a big role in thyroid dysfunction. These include deficiencies of iodine, vitamin D, omega-3 fats, selenium, zinc, vitamin A, and the B vitamins.

There are so many reasons for low thyroid function, yet conventional doctors tend to ignore them.

One young female patient of mine had more than 30 percent body fat and was unable to change her body, no matter how hard she worked. She ate perfectly, exercised with a trainer every day -- and her body still wouldn’t budge.

She also had a slightly depressed mood and other vague symptoms.

So I treated her with a low dose of Armour Thyroid, which is a natural thyroid replacement.

What happened?

Well, she not only lost 20 pounds and improved her body composition, but her mood improved and all her other symptoms went away.

I knew she had low thyroid function because I did the right tests.

Most doctors just check something called the thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH), which doesn’t give a full picture of the thyroid. In fact, even the interpretation of this test is incorrect most of the time.

The newer guidelines of the American College of Endocrinology consider anybody with a TSH level over 3.0 as hypothyroid. Most doctors think that only anything greater than 5 or 10 is worth treating.

Unfortunately, this leaves millions suffering unnecessarily.

Other tests, including those for free T3, free T4, and thyroid antibodies, are essential.

I also look for associated problems such as gluten intolerance, food allergies, and heavy metals, as well as deficiencies of vitamin D, selenium, vitamin A, zinc, and omega-3 fats.

Low thyroid function is one of the most common problems I see, and treating it properly makes one of the biggest differences in my patients’ quality of life.

Unfortunately, by using the old guidelines and thinking, conventional medicine misses millions who suffer with hypothyroidism.

In fact, in one study, researchers tested everybody who walked through the gates of a county fair with conventional thyroid testing. They found that according to even conservative conventional standards, half of all the people who had hypothyroidism were undiagnosed, untreated, and suffering.

Once you have confirmed that a sluggish thyroid is contributing to your symptoms, the good news is that there are many, many, many things you can do to help correct thyroid problems.

I have developed a seven-step plan to address hypothyroidism:

1. Identify and treat the underlying causes of hypothyroidism, like food allergies, gluten, heavy metals, nutritional deficiencies, and stress.

2. Support your thyroid with optimal nutrition, including foods that contain iodine, zinc, omega-3 fats, selenium, and more.

3. Eliminate adrenal exhaustion and minimize stress by engaging in a comprehensive stress management program.

4. Engage in thyroid stimulating exercise, which boosts thyroid function.

5. Use supplements to help enhance thyroid function, including all the nutrients needed for proper thyroid metabolism and function.

6. Use saunas and heat to eliminate stored toxins, which interfere with thyroid function.

7. Use thyroid hormone replacement therapy to help support your thyroid gland.

I believe a comprehensive approach is needed to address chronic thyroid issues and to diagnose them. Most of the options for healing by conventional care are quite limited and only provide a partial solution. But by following my seven-step plan you can achieve optimal health and UltraWellness.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Low thyroid levels question :D ?
    I think i have a low thyroid atm, if i eat properly, and go back to my normal fitness, will my acne go away, i have a little dry skin on my face, doc says its normal and thyroid levels are a little lower then normal, he says im fine since i dont have bad skin around my body, brittle nails, my neck and hair is healthy and fine and isnt falling out in chunks. Do people only get hypothyroid when they stop producing thyroids properly? I dont think i have hypothyroid, im just wondering, will my thyroid levels go back to normal? It dropped when i started to fast lol, she said its completely fine and reversable once im back to normal! thanks :) She also says theres no need for a blood test since i dont fit into the main symptoms. This isnt the first time i have dry skin, i had dry skin in march-ish when i had lack of sleep, so it made thyroid levels drop etc. But i never had weight gain and after i slept properly i was back to normal! Best answers to the most simple, im only 15 :)

    Just so you know my nails are perfectly fine, my skin is so healthy around my body, just there is a little dry skin on my face. I think its because my skin hasnt had enough moisture lately (Bad diet from fasting! ). She says my hair is perfectly healthy aswell and its normal to have a little bit of dandruff, its just dry skin on your scalp.

    • ANSWER:
      Every person does not have all the possible symptoms. There is no cure.

      Here is some info:
      You need testing for thyroid ANTIBODIES as well as TSH. TSH ‘norm’ should be .3 – 3 (w/ most feeling best at < 2) but would not matter if ANTIBODIES are present. Indicative of Hashimoto’s Autoimmune Thyroiditis…main cause of HypOthyroid & is worse (...OR Graves Disease - HypERthyroid).

      WARNING: Doctors seem not to want to find/treat thyroid disease. You may have to go to more than one doctor before you get the right tests, interpretation, and treatment. Best wishes.

      Ck these:
      http://thyroid.about.com/bio/Mary-Shomon-350.htm
      http://www.stopthethyroidmadness.com/
      http://www.thyrophoenix.com/index.html
      http://thyroid.about.com/cs/newsinfo/l/blguidelines.htm

      God bless

  2. QUESTION:
    Can you have low Thyroid even if levels come back normal?
    My wife has all the classic symptoms and has been tested many times but because of her symptoms her Dr. put her on thyroid medication.

    • ANSWER:
      There is quite a range that is considered normal with thyroid levels, so I think that could be possible.

  3. QUESTION:
    I have low libido level. My blood work shows a low testosterone level (normal thyroid level). I am 29.?
    What could this mean as far as fertility? I've noticed that I can't lose weight and I am depressed. Are these symptoms linked?

    • ANSWER:

  4. QUESTION:
    What could be wrong with your thryroid if you have a low thyroid function but normal T3/T4 levels?

    • ANSWER:
      If you have normal T3/T4 levels, you do not have low thyroid function.

      Please clarify your question. Post your lab results and the reference ranges.

  5. QUESTION:
    what does it mean if i have low glucose levels and a low thyroid?
    my glucose is 62, and it's supposed to be atleast 70. and my thyroid is slightly lower than normal. what does this mean?

    • ANSWER:
      Possible diabetes and possible thyroid problems.What are the doctors saying to you? you need to Communicate better with them, this is your health, not theirs! xx
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      Causes of (thyroid) problems:

      Thyroid disease, both hyperactive and under-active, is so extraordinarily prevalent today that even by conservative estimates it may strike up to 15 percent of the adult population. Women are particularly susceptible, and the disease tends to run in families. A possible reason for the increase in thyroid disease is the high prevalence of auto-immune disease today. Immunity in general is being assaulted by toxic chemicals in food, water, and air. Under-active or hypothyroid conditions can cause low energy

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      Common causes of (low glucose) include the following:

      •Overmedication with insulin or antidiabetic pills (for example, sulfonylurea drugs)
      •Use of medications such as beta blockers, pentamidine, and sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim (Bactrim, Septra)
      •Use of alcohol
      •Missed meals
      •Reactive hypoglycemia is the result of the delayed insulin release after a meal has been absorbed and occurs 4-6 hours after eating.
      •Severe infection
      •Cancer causing poor oral intake or cancer involving the liver
      •Adrenal insufficiency
      •Kidney failure
      •Liver failure
      •Congenital, genetic defects in the regulation of insulin release (congenital hyperinsulinism)
      •Congenital conditions associated with increased insulin release (infant born to a diabetic mother, birth trauma, reduced oxygen delivery during birth, major birth stress, Beckwith-Wiedemann syndrome, and rarer genetic conditions)
      •Insulinoma or insulin-producing tumor
      •Other tumors like hepatoma, mesothelioma, and fibrosarcoma, which may produce insulin-like factors
      What follows are expansions on the points noted above and should be incorporated within those points (such as cancer, diabetes drugs, organ failures).

  6. QUESTION:
    Must I take a drug to bring my Thyroid levels up to normal?
    My Dr. Said my thyroid levels are low, I hate taking drugs for the side effects they always cause. MUST I take drugs for this?What will happen if I don't take Synthroid. or stoptaking it after 2 months of being on it?
    Thanks "Jack of all trades,"
    I'll heed your advice.
    TO MISSYWOSS. My doctor does not know me well, as we just moved here from another state, that's why I'm asking for help from other medical sources, but thanks anyway.
    To all others...I really appreciate answers from Sensible people

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, it's important and I felt the same way at the beginning since when I was younger I vowed never to take Any drugs but look at it this way, it's really not so much a drug as you are replacing something in your body that your body has used up--you were born with it in your body.

      But let me tell you as my co-workers and I have ALL discovered. I'm not sure if it's because the pharmacy classes mainly teach about synthroid because the drug companies make more $ from synthroid but the more natural form, Armour, works better for ALL of us and usually costs a lot less.

      It's important to find yourself a good endocrinolgist because just like people in all occupations, there are definitely some better, some worse and it can make a big difference.

      There are extremely serious consequences to not taking your thyroid meds. The lesser of these is weight gain, feeling cold all the time, mental sluggishness, depression. One person I know wasn't diagnosed until she went into a coma-like state which could happen if you don't take it long enough.

      Anytime you want to talk about this, I have been on thyroid meds for years because of hypothyroidism--dperrine98@yahoo.com

  7. QUESTION:
    I had my Thyroid removed 4 weeks ago, now my Thyroid Levels are low,will this get better on it's own?
    I am a 43 year-old female with 2 children, a daughter, 16 and a son,9-I Home School them-this is a major problem for me.My husband works nights, so I have absolutly NO Help.
    I had all of my thyroid except for my upper lrft lobe and the lymph nodes in my neck removed 4 weeks ago due to Thyroid Cancer.
    The Surgeon said he got all of the cancer-my neck's still causing me a great deal of pain, is this normal?
    My thyroid levels are low.
    I feel like I was hit by a train and am exhausted and have no energy and have gained weight-up from a size 8 to a size 14-UUUGGGGHHHH! If I keep gaining weight , I'm goung to lose my mind.I am 5'8" tall and went from 135 lbs. to 180 lbs.-way too much for my liking! I am embarassed to take my clothing off in front of my husband and sex, forget it-I am way too fat!
    Not to mention, I cannot afford to buy even used cothes as the bills from the Hospital add up to over ,000.00 and we only have the one Income as I am unable to find a job since I was laid-off last November and we live in an economically challenged area and my 16 yr. old can't find a job.
    The Surgeon said that 1/4 of a lobe would produce enough thyroid hormone for my body, just give it some time.
    Do you think I need some Synthroid or some type of Thyroid replacement?
    Is threre a Natural Alternative I can buy at the health Food Store as we have NO Insurance? Also, the scars are bad, how long will it take for them to fade?
    Please NO Mean or Cruel Answers or Comments as I just can't deal with it right now!
    Thanks in Advance for any and all advice!
    I appreciate all of your answers-I felt like the Surgeon was not too competant, but now I have proof!
    The soonest I can get into my G.P. is on 19 January, since I have no Insurance, that is the soonest I can see the Dr.-I will be sure to tell him all the things that I have learned from all of you!
    Thank You so much for taking the time to help me!
    I truly appreciate the fact that you all cared enough to help!Hugs and Great Karma to Each and EVERY one of You!
    P.S. The Surgeon did not tell me that I would need Synthroid or any other type of thyroid replacement-he simply said that it would even out in time and 1/4 of a thyroid would make enough thyroid hormone to do me, nor did he even suggest follow-ups on the Cancer.
    He acted like I was baty when I told him how bad I feel!

    • ANSWER:
      Good god! Fire your entire medical team and find someone competent to help you immediately. These doctors are committing malpractice on you. I am just too shocked and appalled to say much more. This situation is just way too screwed up. Not only are your doctors trying to kill you by driving you into a myxedema coma, if that doesn't work, they are going to be sure to kill you by stimulating your cancer to make it grow back. You just DO NOT leave a thyroid cancer patient hypothyroid. Period. You just don't. In no way is it ok to leave ANY patient hypothyroid, but for a thyroid cancer patient, wow. Just wow.

  8. QUESTION:
    What is the normal thyroid level for a man about to have brain surgery?
    I went to the Dr. yesterday and I have a huge Pituitary tumor. He said that we had to do some lab work to make sure my Thyroid level was normal, That if it wasn't I would need to take medication to get it where it needs to be befor surgery. I guess it is not good to have surgery if the Thyroid is low or high.

    • ANSWER:
      Actually, it's not good to have anesthesia if the thyroid levels are abnormal. The thyroid controls your metabolism, and that affects your heart, and the way that your body deals with drugs. Having abnormal thyroid levels can really mess up the anesthesia, and put you at greater risk of complications.

      Fortunately, it's usually pretty easy to get levels controlled, and all should go well for you. Best of luck!

  9. QUESTION:
    Why do I have high levels of thyroid hormones, but a disease that makes me low on hormones?
    I have hashimoto's thyroiditis, and before I started taking medicine, I was told that my thyroid levels were ridiculously high.(One of them was over 4,000) Anyway, shouldn't they be lower than normal instead of so high?

    • ANSWER:
      Here's what will help you understand your high levels: Hashimotos disease is an autoimmune attack on your thyroid. That means your body is attacking your own thyroid as if it's some terrible enemy. As the attack progresses, you start to have a die off and dumping of thyroid hormones into your blood. That die off causes excess hormones in your blood, and thus "hyper" symptoms, which also means your thyroid hormones in your bloodwork will be high and show that on labwork.

      Other times, because your thyroid is dying, you'll have low hormones, and thus "hypothyroid."

      It's really important to understand it all, and be on the right meds with the right treatment. Here's a patient-to-patient thyroid website which explains it all: http://www.stopthethyroidmadness.com/hashimotos

  10. QUESTION:
    How do I get a doctor to treat low thyroid hormone levels?
    My sister has been tested by 2 different doctors. Both physicians have told her that she is at the very bottom of the "normal" side of the scale, and they both admit she shows symptoms of hypothyroidism, but say they see no need to initiate treatment. She is now feeling worse. She is cold all of the time, her fatigue has worsened, and now she is experiencing numbness in her fingers and feet. I am so frustrated with doctors I don't know what to do. She has tried pushing herself to exercise more thinking that this would help (and after one doctor's comment that maybe she should try eating some salad), but then all she can do is sleep for hours afterwards because she is so wasted.
    I should also add that my sister never had a problem with her weight and then about two years ago she started to gain weight and had trouble losing it even after increasing her exercise and decreasing her calorie intake.

    • ANSWER:
      First thing your sister needs to do is find out the number result of her test. Also, if it was an afternoon test, it may be inaccurate. All thyroid tests should be done in the morning because TSH is at it's highest when we sleep, so if we test first thing i the morning it will be caught near it's highest point. The TSH is the test doctor's usually diagnose hypothyroidism with. If it's above a 2.0 it's suspicious, though most labs will have normal as high as 5.5. I had problems with this 6 years ago and it took anothr year before the TSH finally went above the 5.5 and I got diagnosed. Your sister really needs to research this, as it's the only way she will get the proper treatment. Once I finally read up on the topic I knew what tests to ask for and what medication would work best for me.

      The next time your sister gets testing. She wants a morning TSH, free t4, free t3, and an antibody test. I'll include a great thyroid link below for your sister. There are great thyroid message boards on yahoo groups. Check them out sometime.

  11. QUESTION:
    normal Thyroid levels?
    Here is what I am wanting to know. What is the normal thyroid levels and then if the numbers are higher then the norm is that hyperthyroid or hypothyroid. Then if it is lower then the normal is that hypothyroid or hyperthyroid. To begin with I was diagnosed with Hyperthyroidism (graves disease) then this last time i was in They said I was hypothyroid but they kept me on the same medication. I am so confused at the moment.
    Yeah they said Hypo. It is writeen on my results. I guess I will call my endocrinologist tomorrow.
    I am taking Methimazole. They have not changed my dosage at all. I have been on 2 pills every day since they switched me to this medication in November...

    • ANSWER:
      The term 'hypothyroid' is confusing, because it gets used in different ways. 'Hypothyroid' can mean that someone's thyroid is not working properly. But is is also used when someone has been given medication to suppress an overactive thyroid. I'm guessing what has happened is that you had an overactive thyroid (hyperthyroid) and they put you on medication (maybe carbimazole??) to slow down the thyroid. But perhaps when they saw your next blood results they saw that your thyroid had slowed down too much, to a hypothyroid level, i.e. the levels of thyroid hormones were now lower than they should be. Probably what they docs mean is that the medication has had a stronger effect than they expexted. Maybe they have kept you on the same medication but reduced the dose a bit?

  12. QUESTION:
    Low thyroid levels and 10 weeks pregnant? Please some advice.?
    I am 10 weeks pregnant and received a call from my OB that my Thyroid levels were low and that they wanted me to go to an endocrinologist. They took more blood and I have an appt. tomorrow to see where I am at...originally my TSH and T4 were way below normal but they are not sure why yet. If anyone has any experience with this, please let me know. I am worried for the baby from all the things I read online. They didn't want to prescribe me treatment yet until I saw the endocrinologist.

    • ANSWER:
      You may have already had an underactive thyroid that was undiagnosed. Pregnancy does affect the thyroid, and often women who take replacement thryoid hormone (thyroxine) have to increase their dosage during pregnancy. There's nothing to worry about if you do have an underactive thyroid; you will simply have to take a pill once a day and periodically have your levels tested to make sure the dosage is correct.

  13. QUESTION:
    Can a thyroid cyst cause emotional symptoms even if hormone levels are normal?
    To make a super long story short, in July 2008 I noticed what I thought was a hard lymph node in my neck.I recently had an ultrasound and it was discovered to be a cyst on my thyroid. I had blood work done the same day as the ultrasound and my thyroid hormone levels are normal. Due to a different set of symptoms, the doctor wanted to treat me for depression and anxiety until I told her that I didn't actually FEEL depressed. She said we'd wait and see what my thyroid levels were and then figure out whether to treat the thyroid, the depression, or both. However, when I thought about it after my appointment, I realized that I definitely do suffer from depression and assumed that my thyroid levels would come back low and that would take care of that. But then they came back normal. Could the thyroid cyst still be causing my depression, or will I have to go on anti-depressants? I will be seeing my doctor on Monday to discuss my options, but anyone's personal experience or knowledge would be greatly appreciated.

    • ANSWER:
      So far no records indicate that simple cyst can cause depression, unless it huge and making your feel embarrassed:)
      if it is larger then 2 cm, the PEI treatment can shrink it.
      Best of luck

  14. QUESTION:
    Has anyone gotten pregnant AFTER taking med for low thyroid?
    I was diagnosed with low thyroid in November... I know it is a reason some women do not conceive. However, now that I have been taking thyroid medicine, my thyroid levels are normal. Can anyone share info? Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      i was diagnosed as hypothyroid (low thyroid) when my daughter was 11 months old. i have taken levothyroxine (synthroid) for the past 3 years and did get pregnant again. the only problems i have had is with birth control. not the efficency but the hormones go way out of wack and i would bleed for months at a time with only day or two breaks. But yes, you can get pregnant while taking mediacation for this

  15. QUESTION:
    What do I do if my TSH levels are normal, but my Free T4 is low, and I am having hypo symptoms?
    Normal levels are between .7 - 1.9 for free t4, and I am at a .7. Low, but not low enough to catch a doctors eye, even though I am having all the symptoms of an underactive thyroid. I am on Levothroid right now. My TSH test came back at 1.5, very normal.

    • ANSWER:
      You are probably on the right dosage of Levothroid. Blood tests are necessary at least every 6 mos. to make sure that the amt of meds taken are helping the thyroid to function normally. If you fall w/i normal range, then you are taking the right amt. If not, it will be adjusted.

  16. QUESTION:
    can you have thyroid problems and normal levels ?
    Please correct me if I'm wrong.
    Free T4 is how much thyroid hormone my thyroid is producing ? (mine is .8 - on the low side of normal range)
    TSH is what the hypothalmus is telling the pituitary to produce in order to stimulate the thyroid ? (mine is also .8 which is normal I guess) But, I have had many symptoms of hypothyroidism. My question is if you have an autoimmune disease like Hashimoto's can you still have these "normal range" levels ? Also, I read it runs in families and my mom has hypothyroidism.

    • ANSWER:
      You are at the low end of the "normal range", and if you are experiencing symptoms of hypothyroid, you should demand to be put on a low dosage of synthroid or levoxyl (10-20 mcgs) because normal for one person might be a .8 while someone else needs to be 1-2 to feel well. Most endocrinologists like to see patients towards the middle of the range and will prescribe, especially in women because your thyroid function decreases with age. Because of your family history especially, you are a good candidate. I know that my TSH needs to be around 2 to feel good. Be sure that you get your TSH tested every 4-6 weeks initially to find the right dosage for you. It can be a long process in finding the right dosage and reaping the full benefits of medication, so be patient.

      If your doctor doesn't take you seriously, change doctors or ask for a second opinion. If you have a good HMO and are able to go directly to a specialist, see an endocrinologist. Endocrinologists specialize in endocrine diseases and I assure you will take your symptoms very seriously.

      Another suggestion is to have an antibody test. If your antibodies are elevated, it could be Hashimoto's causing hypothyroidism. Hashimoto's causes antibodies to attach your thyroid. It's rare, but the antibody test is the best way to diagnose if TSH doesn't.

  17. QUESTION:
    What causes low iron levels (besides the obvious periods, not eating enough iron...)?
    I have been taking iron supplements prescribed by my doctor for hair loss. I have noticed that I bruise easily and that the bruises last a long time. I also have pale nails and red dots on my skin. My thyroid levels are normal.

    • ANSWER:
      Anemia: let me explain why this is probably it:

      Anemia is a condition that develops when your blood lacks enough healthy red blood cells. These cells are the main transporters of oxygen to organs. If red blood cells are also deficient in hemoglobin, then your body isn't getting enough iron. Symptoms of anemia -- like fatigue -- occur because organs aren't getting enough oxygen.

      Anemia is the most common blood condition in the U.S. It affects about 3.5 million Americans. Women and people with chronic diseases are at increased risk of anemia. Important factors to remember are:

      Certain forms of anemia are hereditary and infants may be affected from the time of birth.
      Women in the childbearing years are particularly susceptible to a form of anemia called iron-deficiency anemia because of the blood loss from menstruation and the increased blood supply demands during pregnancy.
      Seniors also may have a greater risk of developing anemia because of poor diet and other medical conditions.
      There are many types of anemia. All are very different in their causes and treatments. Iron-deficiency anemia, the most common type, is very treatable with diet changes and iron supplements. Some forms of anemia -- like the anemia that develops during pregnancy -- are even considered normal. However, some types of anemia may present lifelong health problems

      What Causes Anemia?
      There are more than 400 types of anemia, which are divided into 3 groupings:

      Anemia caused by blood loss
      Anemia caused by decreased or faulty red blood cell production
      Anemia caused by destruction of red blood cells

  18. QUESTION:
    I have low normal iron levels...is it normal to have the symptoms of Anemia?
    I have ALL of the symptoms of Anemia.

    - Pale skin
    - Extreme fatigue
    - Irregular heartbeat
    - Weakness
    - Cold hands/feet
    - Dizziness/Lightheaded
    - Nausea/Gas

    I've been checked for almost EVERYTHING and no one can give me an answer!
    I've been tested for Lupus, Diabetes, Thyroid issues, Celiac, Adrenal issues etc.

    I do however have low-normal iron levels...could I be getting all these symptoms from that? My doctors don't seem to be worried about that at all though...What are the chances they never checked for Anemia?

    • ANSWER:
      i too think i have anemia . probably have low iron levels. you should make an appointment with a blood works doctor so they can check your blood out . or eat more iron full foods.

  19. QUESTION:
    I have low-normal iron levels, is it normal to have all the symptoms of Anemia?
    have ALL of the symptoms of Anemia.

    - Pale skin
    - Extreme fatigue
    - Irregular heartbeat
    - Weakness
    - Cold hands/feet
    - Dizziness/Lightheaded
    - Nausea/Gas

    I've been checked for almost EVERYTHING and no one can give me an answer!
    I've been tested for Lupus, Diabetes, Thyroid issues, Celiac, Adrenal issues etc.

    I do however have low-normal iron levels...could I be getting all these symptoms from that? My doctors don't seem to be worried about that at all though...What are the chances they never checked for Anemia?
    But I DO have all those symptoms....thats why I'm confused. I've been sick for 5 years with no diagnoses.

    • ANSWER:
      I had the same thing a couple of years ago. I had a digestive disorder that led to a poor diet. My iron came up normal as well. I found out by comparing blood tests from a couple years after that my iron wasn't low compared to a general number, but it was very low compared to how my iron is when I'm healthy. I'm Irish and hemochromatosis runs in my family (it's generally found in Ireland). It's a gene mutation that causes the body to absorb 3x more iron than normal. It evolved when people had poor diets a long long time ago. So I guess the point is my body thought it was anemic even though it wasn't compared to other people. My iron when I'm healthy and not taking any supplements comes up to be borderline-high. When I was ill it was borderline-low. I've been at "normal iron" the whole time, but you can see that it's a big difference!

      Your symptoms are also spot on with an anxiety/depression disorder. Turns out I had that too! I'd advise having a doctor look into that as well. Anxiety/depression tend to occur together and with the symptoms you described, I would have guessed an anxiety/depression disorder before I guessed anemia.

      best of luck to you

  20. QUESTION:
    i am on synthroid to shrink a nodule, despite having normal thryoid levels. can this synthroid lower my immune?
    can this synthroid lower my immune system because it's changing my normal thyroid levels to abnormal thryoid levels?

    • ANSWER:

  21. QUESTION:
    I am 14 and currently taking the drug Levothyroxin. Since my thyroid levels were low.?
    I am on only 25 mg, and i was wondering if this will make me lose any weight. I am 5`2 and a half and weigh 115 sadly. My doctor told me maybe and that i shouldnt gain any, well i have gained like a pound & i was expecting to lose weight since it was speeding up my metabolism. I have also been taking it for a month and i went back for bloodwork and my levels are normal now. Will i soon? If your a doctor you help would be EXTREMELY appreciated or if your taking it also. haha. thanks.
    I also have went to my doctor and have gotten my bloodwork checked and it is normal now. & thankyou nurse! I will be sure to do that. and quiting fast food is so hard these days! haha. and thats weird barb that your doctor told you that? Its usually the other way around if you are taking medicine to slow down your thyroid...

    • ANSWER:
      My doctor told me it would NOT help me lose weight and the medication AND that fact that I have a thyroid condition would make it HARDER to lose the weight...but lose it I did with watching my diet and exercising.

  22. QUESTION:
    thyroid hormone levels. TSH over 2.0 still normal?
    I just got the results of my thyroid test. they are
    TSH:2.1norm:0.3-4.0 mU/l
    T3:2.3norm:0.8-2.8
    T4:6.3norm:4.6-12.4

    I was told these over phone and the lab guy neglected to say whether the t3 and t4 are ng/l or nU/l or or whatever so help me out here(!).

    so my "problem" is that my thyroid levels looked like this last year. (note the TSH)

    TSH: 1.14norm: 0.3-4.0 mU/l
    Free T3 3.52norm: 2.0-4.2 ng/l
    F. T4 15.05norm: 8 - 18 ng/l

    according to wikipedia TSH over 2 is a tad fishy.
    and the fact that my TSH has doubled since last year leads me to the beliefe that it could be the beginning of hypothyroidism, unless someone tells me that TSH and tyroid hormones fluctuate.
    My t4 seems also be in the lower normal range now.....

    so please help me out here. What do you think?
    is there any explaination for this other than emerging hypothyroidism?
    should i take this seriously?
    i have an appointment on friday but i need some answers before friday....;-)

    Thanks for reading all this.
    first time i was tested at 6 AM
    the last test was done at 11 am or so

    • ANSWER:
      A TSH over 2.0 can cause problems in the body. Do you happen to know what time of day you tested? TSH should always be done first thing in the morning when its still near its high point. By 2PM, its at its lowest point.

      Better thyroid tests are the free t4 and free t3. It looks like last year you had a free t4 and free t3, but this time you had a total T4 and total T3.

  23. QUESTION:
    My doctor said my thyroid levels are higher than normal?
    I went to the doctor a few days ago. They got some blood from me and sent it to be tested. Today my doctor called and said my thyroid levels are a little high. He is going to send me to a endocrinologist. What will they do to get my levels back to normal? The strange thing is I gained weight and have been unable to lose it. So I thought I had hypothyroidism. But my levels are high instead of low. This has me a little confused. If by chance you are someone who has hyperthyroidism, tell me about your experience with it. Thanks for your help :)

    • ANSWER:
      The high 'level' most likely is TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone) and does mean hypO rather than hypER and you will most likely be prescribed Synthroid to bring it down (.2 - 3 hopefully).....go to Yahoo Groups & you will find some excellent ones there to join and get good answers. Members will tell you HOW to take the meds and WHEN to....of course your doctor should too. Prayerfully yours...many blessings

  24. QUESTION:
    SUFFERING EXTREME FLU LIKE SYMPTOMS COULD IT BE MY THYROID LEVELS?
    Years ago I had Radio Iodine to destroy my thyroid cause of goiter and nodules. I have been on Synthroid 25mcg every since. Over the years I have gone through bouts of sickness. Flu like symptoms are the worse. I cannot remember a time when I have felt good at all. I have run the gambit of doctors and it has been a nightmare. Every time my levels are taken they come back and say that I am in the normal range. I have suffered horrible IBS, headaches, flu like symptoms, hair and skin problems. I have spent years on a sickness roller coaster. They have done all the tests and have told me it is hormonal and I have been on every kind of HRT you can imagine even bio identical. I have been given anti depressants cause I was told it is depression. I have been on IBS meds, and meds for tremors. I have been tested for fibromyalgia, and so much more. Everytime I try and relate my symptoms to a doctor they throw me a pill. Presently I am so sick with these flu like symptoms, and stomach problems, but since my levels are in the normal range no one will listen to me. They want to send me to specialist after specialist, and are sure it is not thyroid. I just want to feel good for a change. I have even lost my health insurance over this for pre existing condition because I have been sent to so many doctors and had so many tests.
    I recently went to a new doctor, and explained my symptoms again, and again I am getting fecal tests, blood work, and he is ready to send me back off to a gastro doctor. I even had a total hysterectomy cause a gyn told me it was the only way to stop the heavy bleeding I was experiencing. Now as I research I find that is another symptom of low thyroid levels. Has anyone else gone through this? I am ready to just increase my meds myself and try to find a level of comfort. From what I read 25mcg is a very low dose.

    • ANSWER:

  25. QUESTION:
    Diabetes, Low Thyroid, Insulin Resistance & Metabolism?
    I was diagnosed with "real" (not gestational) diabetes about 3 wks ago. I am 33, 14 weeks pregnant with our 2nd child and the symptoms are making no sense. According to my daily test numbers I am actually hypoglycemic and when I got my thyroid levels back, those are out of whack (1st # is normal, but low and 2nd # is REALLY low). I am 5'4" and weigh about 119 lbs, which is my usual weight. Can hyperthyroidism can insulin resistance and screw up the 3 hr glucose test that I did which is why the CNM stated that I am diabetic? And since I have always been hyper, nervous and small of size, would this be a red-flag for the thyroid? Not seeking real medical advice, just trying to organize my thoughts for the first High-Risk OB appointment tomorrow. Any other questions I should ask? PLEASE point out any thing else I should ask about!!

    • ANSWER:
      i have low thyroid. if you have low thyroid...here's a great question to answer: can you see the floor of your house? that was what was asked of me at one point, and to my amazement, the answer was no!
      anyway, the signs are:fatigue and lack of energy. Women suffering from underactive thyroid experience heavier menstrual periods. Sluggishness and forgetfulness are symptoms of underactive thyroid problem. Other symptoms of this thyroid disorder are dry skin and hair and constipation.
      if you have high thyroid, or an overactive one, the signs are:increased body metabolism. This is followed by weight loss and excessive warmth and sweating. Persons suffering from overactive thyroid experience trembling hands, irritability and rapid heartbeat or palpitations. Women with overactive thyroid or hyperthyroidism may experience shorter or lighter menstrual periods.
      I take medication, and sadly will have to take 1 pill everyday for the rest of my life. there's a blood check that they will do to see if you have low or high. i hope i've helped you!!

  26. QUESTION:
    Is this a normal thyroid level 1.25?
    I am 22 female and i was wondering if this a normal thyroid level? my doc says yes but from what i hear its on the low side. Please let me know!!!

    • ANSWER:
      It is on the low side but the normal range according to my labs i just got done is .35 to 5.8....I am at 3.4 and because I am trying to get pregnant my doctor wants me lower because your thyroid levels increase i guess when you get pregnant...

  27. QUESTION:
    what can i do to get normal progesterone levels?
    i am trying to get pregnant. been taking clomid 150 mlg and nothing is working. the doctor told me that my progesterone levels are low and i have PCOS that is why i am not ovulating. what can i do to get the levels up. . Is there any medications that i can take. i had my thyroid checked and the level is normal 2.48 i dont knwo what could be affecting the progesterone

    • ANSWER:
      The low progesterone is due to lack of ovulation. Most of the progesterone produced by your body comes from what is called the corpus luteum which is what is left from the sac on the ovary where the ovulated egg was developing. You also make some progesterone from the adrenal cortex in smaller amounts & is responsible for progesterone production before ovulation.

      Have you had your glucose checked? Most women with PCOS have problems with their insulin levels and are often prescribed Metformin. Insulin resistance can also cause low progesterone.

      Eat foods high in natural progesterone like yams (you can even get Wild Yam in capsule form at health food stores or herbal supplement shops.

      Ask about being prescribed progesterone. The best forms are in suppository or injection. Lotions don't work because the molecule is too big for it to get absorbed through the skins so don't waste your money of progesterone creams found over the counter. And the progesterone by mouth gets destroyed through digestion. The shot form (what I use) gets to be painful after about 4 days. The oil in the medicine takes weeks to go away so you have these lumps/knots of medicine on your hips. I recommend the suppositories and to use them at night.

  28. QUESTION:
    Dr. not concerned about low T4, normal TSH?
    I had blood work done this week and my T4 level was .4 and my TSH level was 1.58. The nurse even told me that .6 was the lowest normal for T4. They still are considering my thyroid levels to be normal and don't want to treat me. Are they right? Or has anyone else heard of sub-laboratory hypothyroidism?
    ETA: I've had symptoms, beginning 20 years ago, of hypothyroidism and they keeping adding on the longer I go. I found a term called "sub-laboratory hypothyroidism" where the T4 and TSH are both low normals and can be treated with traditional therapy (such as Synthroid) and be effective since T4 is your thyroid hormone and your TSH is pituitary. I have all they hypothyroid symptoms, and I'm still being ignored.
    I talked to my regular dr. today and he is up-to-date on the findings on the thyroid and started treatment today! It turns out the nurse read the numbers to me wrong and my T4 was .6 (not .4) but he said that could still be considered low. Hopefully I'll start getting better soon!

    • ANSWER:

  29. QUESTION:
    calcium serum level .i need to know if serum level is normal or low?
    hello.. i would need another opinion if available ... if calcium level is 8.5 mg/dl from range of 8.5 _10.2 or 2.13 mmoI/L of range 2.12 _ 2.55 so would that mean normal or low level as its right on the edge though few months ago it was below level. after thyroid surgery .so should i consider it low or its normal as i do feel some numbed around my lips sometimes
    thank you

    • ANSWER:
      that's considered normal..your values are within normal range, if you want to get technical you could say it's on the low end of the reference range or normal range but then that's just pulling at hairs...pretty much you are normal...

      had your level been say 2 mg/dl or even 5 mg/dl then that would be considered low because it is lower than the normal range of 8.5-10.2

      hope that helps

  30. QUESTION:
    I'm 19 weeks pregnant and just found out I have low thyroid. if I start medication will the baby be ok?
    my thyroid was within normal range when i first got pregnant and now they say it's low, but barely by a little. i guess i just crossed the borderline . very mild I am told. I am told that they test two levels of the tyroid on one line I am normal and on the other just under by a bit.

    • ANSWER:
      You need to get the level of FREE thyroid hormone to say if you are truly hypothyroid. Pregnancy changes the amount of binding proteins

  31. QUESTION:
    if my thyroid blood level is low, do I increase my thyroid medicine?
    I'm on thyroid meds for years. I'm 74 yrs. old and my thyroid blood levels are a little below normal. Shall I ask for stronger thyroid meds?

    • ANSWER:
      You may not have to change the amount of your medication if it's a small change. You ought to wait 3 months & get your thyroid functions retested.
      If you are having any symptoms you ought to call your MD & ask.

      Good luck

  32. QUESTION:
    I have low TSH results why not stop taking any synthitic thyroid meds?
    In an earlier Q I asked about low thyroid. The first two answers were helpful. The dr. has advised taking the med three times a week instead of daily until I can get a new lower prescription. If we are trying to bring my thyroid level back up to normal by reducing the intake of artificial thyroid, why take any thyroid medicine at all? Why not lay off the thyroid med until the level comes up? I'll have a retest in 6 weeks. I feel crumby now and the doctor assures me I'll feel better when the thyroid is at proper level. It would seem to me that the sooner I get the level to normal--and she says it may take 4-6 weeks -- the better I'll feel. So why continue to take any thyroid medicine at all? I really don't want to wait a month to 'feel better'...

    • ANSWER:
      September 13, 2010
      Do the following to get your thyroid back to normal.
      The Yoga Pranayam (breathing exercises) will help to control thyroid.
      Build up your timing gradually. If you feel tired or dizzy, stop and resume after 1 minute.

      Bhastrika - Take a long deep breath into the lungs(chest not tummy) via the nose and then completely breathe out through the nose. Duration upto 5 minutes.

      Kapalbhati -(Do it before eating) Push air forcefully out through the nose about once per second. Stomach will itself go in(contract in). The breathing in(through the nose) will happen automatically. Establish a rhythm and do for 15 to 30 minutes twice a day. Not for pregnant women. Seriously ill people do it gently.
      Children under 15 years – do for 5 to 10 minutes.
      Thyroid point – press (50 times) the fleshy bit on palm between the base of thumb and wrist on both hands. You will feel pain when you press.

      Ujjayi Pranayam : While breathing in, tighten throat(contract glotis) and there will be sound from back of throat, then drop chin(rest chin on chest), hold breath for abour 4 seconds.Then chin up, close right nostril and slowly breath out through left nostril.
      Duration: 5 – 21 times

      Ujjayi pranayam detailed:
      First exhale fully through the nose.
      During inhalation your glottis should remain partially closed. Glottis is the opening between the vocal chords.While inhaling, produce a sound as if you are sobbing, by partially closing the glottis.(This is reverse of clearing your throat, where your are exhaling).
      The face muscles should not be contracted during inhalation. Abdominal muscles should be well controlled. Inhale smoothly and uniformly.
      After deep inhalation, retain your breath as long as possible. While retaining breath do Jalandhara bandh (lock your chin, touch your chin with your chest).Initially, try to retain breath for 2 to 5 seconds. Gradually increase the time of retention of breath.
      After retaining breath, first open the Jalandhar bandh(chin up) and then, close right nostril and exhale slowly through left nostril. The glottis should all along remain partially closed.This is one set of ujjayi.
      Do this for 5 to 21 times everyday.

      Thyroid exercises
      1 Neck exercise for thyroid.
      Breathe in slowly while turning your head to the left, pause and hold breath for 3 seconds,
      Breathe out slowly while bringing the head back to middle position,pause for 3 seconds,
      Breathe in slowly while turning your head to the right, pause and hold breath for 3 seconds,
      Breathe out slowly while bringing the head back to middle position.
      Do this exercise 5 times.
      Repeat this 5 times, with the head going up and back, and then head going down.

      2 Neck exercise for thyroid
      Stand on your knees with hands folded across your chest,
      Lean backwards with the head falling back while breathing in, hold breath for 3 seconds,
      come back to straight position, while breathing out.
      Repeat this 5 times.

  33. QUESTION:
    Hypothyroidism and Thyroid Levels?
    I just had some blood tests and had my thyroid checked. I read up on some of the symptoms and felt I had a lot of the symptoms relating to Hypothyroidism such as tiredness, anemia, weight gain, constipation, aches, feeling cold, dry skin, lifeless hair,hair loss, mental slowing, and depression,a hoarse voice, heavy menstrual periods and numbness and tingling in hands.
    I got my results today and my thyroid was at 3.5. My Doc said it wasn't an optimum level but in the normal range.
    Could I have a low level hypothyroidism and how can I get my thyroid levels to a better level so that I can feel better?

    • ANSWER:
      AACE changed the range to 0.3 to 3.0 years ago. Unfortunately labs like Quest haven't changed it yet and many doctors are unaware of the change. See TSH links below. With your TSH and symptoms, you are hypothyroid now. Don't wait for treatment because its only going to get worse. Remember to always test TSH first thing in the morning when its near its high point. One on treatment the goal is to get a morning TSH under 2.0, closer to 1.0

  34. QUESTION:
    Thyroid: normal TSH, high T4?
    So I took a full thyroid test (except i have not received results from my T3 test) because a year ago I had low TSH levels. This time I took the test at about noon, and my results are:: TSH is in the normal levels (0.980) and my T4 Thyroxine results were high (12.5). So I am going to an endo doctor soon, but I have a question to ask here: do these results indicate hyperthyroidism even if the TSH is normal. I have moderate acne, suffered depression, nervousness, and have extremely cold feet and hands.

    • ANSWER:
      Total T4 is an outdated test. Request them done again and the following tests (TSH, Free T3 and Free T4). If the Free's are elevated but the TSH is normal, then you have subclinical hyperthyroidism. Make sure you get these tested in the morning as they are more accurate then.

  35. QUESTION:
    pregnant with low FREE T4 levels?
    my thyroid levels are Normal Free T3 (a 3.4 pmol/L on a 3.2-8.3 scale) and T.S.H ( a .9 miU/L on a .25-4.5 scale.) BUT my Free T4 is low with a result of 6.6 in a range from 9.0 to 24.0....
    What does this mean? I am in my last trimester of pregnancy feel weak, sometimes disoriented and sleepy oh yeah, and very forgetfull !!! I take armour daily, one 60mg in morning and a 90mg in evening?
    Can I do anything, doctor prefers me to stay on current dosage as not to disrupt the baby who looks healthy?

    • ANSWER:
      Are you taking Synthroid??? or Levoxyl??? I'm taking Synthroid (have been since I was 12 yrs. old) and now at 35 weeks pregnant my dose has been increased 5 times!! It's very important that your levels are normal while pregnant!! Do you have an Endocrinologist??? Don't let a General Praticianer or your OBGYN be in charge of your thyroid!! You need a specialist, an ENDOCRINOLOGIST!! It's so very important for you and baby ..
      I'm Hypo-thyroid .. and it sounds like you are too!!
      good luck! God bless!

  36. QUESTION:
    Thyroid ...?
    had radioactive 7 weeks and blood work show normal level ( was to high before ) now i'm having most of low thyroid symptom why is that if the level was normal even the doctor didnt put me on any kind of hormone ? and what to do for those symptom >>Thx

    • ANSWER:
      You should be on meds. But your doctor is an... um... I can't think of any names to call your doctor that Yahoo won't censor. You will spend the rest of your life begging him for meds. This is pretty much what happens when you have RAI.

  37. QUESTION:
    my thyroid levels appear to be normal but I am losing hair at age 21... can someone help?
    there is no baldness in my family. my hair loss is kind of a strange also, seems to just be thinning all around. mostly on the whole top of my head though.
    most recent blood tests show
    tsh 1.94
    t4 9.3
    free t4 2.7
    t3 total 114
    t3 uptake 29
    althought the blood test appears normal I am severely underweight- I am 6'1" and weigh 145 and find it almost impossible to gain weight. my dad's side of the family has thyroid issues.also my enegery is really low.
    what do these symptoms mean?!
    thanks for reading

    • ANSWER:
      Body hair growth (or loss) patterns are genetic, so assuming you are healthy and not taking any drugs that may affect your hair growth, you need to look at the men folk on your mother's side of your family, because the gene responsible is passed on to you on her X chromosome.

  38. QUESTION:
    how can i get my progesterone levels normal.?
    i am trying to get pregnant. been taking clomid 150 mlg and nothing is working. the doctor told me that my progesterone levels are low and i have PCOS that is why i am not ovulating. what can i do to get the levels up. . Is there any medications that i can take. i had my thyroid checked and the level is normal 2.48 i dont knwo what could be affecting the progesterone

    • ANSWER:
      Low level of progesterone is a result of absence of ovulation but not the main cause of infertility - main cause of infertility is absence of ovulation which is correctly treated by doctor - be patient and increase the dose of clomid up to 200 mg - read below about PCOS, how to get pregnant fast, fertile days and more

  39. QUESTION:
    Benign thyroid nodules and low TSH?
    I have benign thyroid nodules and low TSH .3 My doc. is just monitoring it every six months. Any natural remedies to shrink them? and to bring TSH to normal levels?

    • ANSWER:
      If nodules are cystic they can be treated with ethanol injection [PEI]; non-surgical procedure.

  40. QUESTION:
    I'm having symptoms of low thyroid but my TSH test came back normal?
    Here's a list of my symptoms:
    -Extreme Vertigo
    -Hair loss
    -Dry Skin
    -Fatigue
    -Irregular menstrual cycle with painful cramps (Period started coming every 2 weeks then turned to spotting before stopping completely)
    -Anxiety
    -Low blood pressure and low pulse
    -Irritability
    -Dry Mouth

    I've been seeing a neurologist regarding the vertigo and he diagnosed me with silent migraines and prescribed Topamax, which I weened myself off of the medication because I couldn't function while taking it. During my testing, my TSH levels were "normal" according to the nurse that called me. She didn't tell me what the exact number was. I had vestibular testing done as well and that came back fine. I've been having these problems since June and it's been debilitating. Could I still have problems with hypothyroidism even though my TSH came back normal? I feel like my symptoms are all hormone related.

    Other medical problems that I suffer from are Interstitial Cystitis, which I'm in remission from and no longer take medication for. I also have a problems with Dumping Syndrome after having my gallbladder removed 2 years ago.

    • ANSWER:
      There are two other tests for hypothyroidism your doctor should do. Ask to be tested for T3 and T4, which are not normally done on a typical thyroid test, and may provide the missing link. Your symptoms definitely indicate low thyroid function, even though the TSH test came out normal. I went through the same thing recently; normal TSH and low on the other two tests.

  41. QUESTION:
    I WAS DIAGNOSED WITH GRAVE DISEASE 3 YEARS AGO, IS IT POSSIBLE FOR MY THYROID TO BE LOW NOW?
    I had a blood test at the end of my last pregnacy that showed my thyroid levels high and i was diagnosed with graves disease, however my levels went back to normal and ive never taken any meds for it. for about the past 6-7 weeks ive been gaining 2-3 pounds a week. ive always weighed 103-105 ( exept when i was pregnant) so i dont understand this, i had a blood test at the hospital last week that showed my thyroid levels in normal range. is it possible that it could be low even if blood work looks fine? i weigh 126 now and counting, is it even possible for my thyroid to be low after being to high 3 years ago?

    • ANSWER:
      If you were pregnant and your levels were high it could have been thyroiditis, instead of Graves disease. This is very common, but usually AFTER you give birth. Since your levels returned to normal it is likely the case OR you have Hashimoto's Disease and fluctuate between hyper and normal or hypo. Have them check your antibodies (TSI, Anti-tpo, and anti-tg). If it these are not present, it is very unlikely (but still possible) it is autoimmune. You may be gaining weight now because your TSH was too low before and now that it's normal you don't have as fast as a metabolism.

  42. QUESTION:
    Is this low Thyroid Level ?

    For Male 21,

    TSH = 0.38

    Getting Fatigue a lot and depressed feeling from past 3 weeks.
    Maybe due to Chronic Sinus Infection which I got last month ? Or Possibly low Thyroid ?

    Yes I had CBC blood and Urine Analysis...all came back normal....I am guessing its because of Sinus Infection and really bad nasal congestion

    • ANSWER:
      The optimal TSH level ranges between 0.3 to 3.0 mIU/L for people being treated for thyroid issues. Your .38 falls within that range. The lower the TSH rating, the more thyroid hormones you are producing, typically. The pituitary gland sends TSH hormone to the thyroid when it wants to increase your metabolism. A low thyroid level will be indicated by a higher TSH range, not a lower one.

      Chronic sinus problems are due more to a toxic liver and bad digestion. If you take medication for sinuses directed at your sinuses, you will just extend the recovery time. If you address the liver issue, you will have much better results.

      good luck to you

  43. QUESTION:
    once you are being treating for hyperthyroid will it make your eye proptosis go back to normal?
    i see a opthomalogist and he has always said i ahve graves eye disease for the past years but they never treated me since i always had normal thyroid levels it finally now showed in my tsh its low and im being treated for it with methamozole and will my eye pain swelling will my proptosis at least go down? ok thnks

    • ANSWER:
      if it was really due to thyroid and no thing else it would return normal

  44. QUESTION:
    Is my low thyroid ever going to go away?
    About four months ago I was diagnosed with low thyroid...although I suffered from it for a couple years previous without even knowing. I've been on medication for 2-3 months now and my doctor has checked my blood twice and claimed that my levels are "normal." If thats true than howcome all of the symptoms never went away? Im 20 years old, in University and doing awful because of this. Do thyroid problems just never go away...is this going to be a life-long hell?

    • ANSWER:
      Hypothyroid is usually life-long, but it isn't usually hell. You may need to see an endocrinologist to figure out what's going on.

  45. QUESTION:
    Will i lose weight after my thyroid hormones are balanced?
    Alright, well recently i was told i have low thyroid hormone levels, which contribute to the fact that i'm overweight. Once i begin the medication, will i begin to lose weight, and return to a normal weight? I'm 17 and i was never really overweight until around age 13-14ish.
    Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      yeah you should. thyroids are tricky when out of control.

  46. QUESTION:
    Inconsistent Thyroid levels: Should I be alarmed?
    I currently get at least 2 blood tests a year to check my thyroid level & last week I was called back in to take another one as my thyroid level was a little low. This has happened to me at least once or twice before & I've even been referred to get an ultrasound twice. They haven't called me back so I guess my levels are back to normal.

    Should I be concerned? Can my inconsistent thyroid levels be the result of any sort of unhealthy habits?
    I'm not on any medication but I'm only monitored because thyroid problems run in my mom's family.

    • ANSWER:
      You results are not from unhealthy habits. It's because the test they do is a lousy test. You don't state whether you are on medication or not, but either way if they are testing only TSH it can be different each time. TSH is highest while we sleep, so you really want to test first thing in the morning. Testing in the afternoon will result in totally different numbers. That's why its important to test in the morning and always the morning.

      Better thyroid tests used in conjunction with the TSH are the free t4 and free t3.

  47. QUESTION:
    I just had my T3 and T4 levels checked. T3 was .0183 (low) and T4 8.0 (normal) What does the low T3 mean? ?
    I had a thyroidectomy due to papillary thyroid cancer on Aug. 1, 2008 and am taking 100 mcg Synthroid. I am just learning about tsh levels, etc. My tsh level is .14.

    • ANSWER:
      if you had a thyroidectomy, one would assume that your T3 would be low for a while, since your T4 is normal, I will wager the doctor will just wait and see if your T3 comes to normal in another couple of months.
      Be sure to take your medication without fail

  48. QUESTION:
    Hair loss + low thyroid question!?
    If someone loses hair because of low thyroid would she get it back if she uses medication and bring her thyroid secretion to a normal level?

    Thnx!

    • ANSWER:
      Having hypothyroidism causes hair to be brittle. If you take medicine and get your thyroid to a normal level it will change your life. Your hair will be thicker, you'll have more energy, even your eye sight can improve. Definitely take meds.

  49. QUESTION:
    A patient who has been taking synthetic thyroid hormone for ten years has a blood test twice a year to determi?
    A patient who has been taking synthetic thyroid hormone for ten years has a blood test twice a year to determine the proper dosage of her medication. Her most recent blood test reveals that her TSH (thyroid-stimulating hormone) levels are lower than normal. Will her doctor increase or decrease the dosage of her medication? Why

    • ANSWER:
      When TSH levels are low, it means there is often too much thyroid hormone (T3, T4) in the blood.

      When T3 and T4 are high, TSH becomes low to keep the thyroid from being stimulated.

      When T3 and T4 are low, TSH becomes high to stimulate the thyroid to produce more.

      Therefore the physician may decrease the dosage.

      (Please tell me you're not one of my students.)

  50. QUESTION:
    Problem with low progesterone level?
    We are planning for a family. My doctor did some blood test and found out my progesterone level is 7.7 on 23rd day of my cycle. i have a 31 day cycle. She wants to schedule for a endometrial biopsy to check the uterus lining in the first week of October. Im monitoring my fertility level with a home kit. It says that I did not ovulate yet. Is is safe to do the biopsy without ovualting. im supposed to be ovulated on 22nd of sep.
    My thyroid levels are normal and they have already checked for PCOs with the help of ultrasound.

    Its really frustrating and I need suggestion regarding the treatment .

    • ANSWER:
      it is best to do the biopsy before you ovulate to make sure that there is no possibility that you are pregnant at the time of the procedure.

      the treatment for low progesterone is daily progesterone injections, to boost your lining before you ovulate. this increases the chances of implantation as well as giving the growing pregnancy vital nutrients.

      make sure your husband gets tested as well. your frustration may not lie in your health.