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Old 05-06-2013, 11:00 AM   #1
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Thyroid panel results- input from fellow NK's?

Doc said my panel was normal.
I said "ehhh can I get those numbers?"

My results:

TSH: 1.693
T3: 77
T4: 9.2
FreeT3: 2.2
FreeT4: 1.03

I would love anyone's input!

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Old 05-06-2013, 12:14 PM   #2
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Whoops, here are the reference ranges too:

TSH: 1.693 (.350 - 4.5)
T3: 77 (80 - 204)
T4: 9.2 (5.0 - 12.5)
FreeT3: 2.2 (2.3 - 4.2)
FreeT4: 1.03 (.80 - 1.80)

So, my T3 and FreeT3 are both a tad below range... my doc just said it's nothing to worry about. I don't trust that.
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How are you feeling, if you are not feeling optimal, there is room to bump up your dose, what is your dosage now??
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Hi Green, you may want to repost this over in the Main Lobby where more people will see it.

I don't know anything about what the numbers mean for a thyroid panel, so I'm no help at all.
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Old 05-07-2013, 10:29 AM   #5
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I'm not on a dose. My doc says it's normal...but my FT3 and T3 are both barely below the range. I just wonder what that means.

Thanks Lisa! I did post in the thyroid section. I just trust all of y'all's advice so much, I thought I'd post overt here too.
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Yeah, that's not optimal at all... in fact your FT3 is below range like you were saying, so I wouldn't be surprised if you felt like crap with those numbers! T3 is what's responsible mostly for eliminating symptoms and making you feel good. The reason the doc is probably telling you that you're "normal" is because most doctors only look at the TSH and not your other numbers unfortunately.

You should ideally be in the upper 3/4 of the range on your FT3 and FT4 to feel at your best.
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Old 05-22-2013, 06:51 AM   #7
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Any way to get my FT3 up?
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A prescription. Really, that's it. Cytomel is the brand name t3 med.

I would also want to see a reverse t3 test. Reverse t3 is supposed to "clear out" any extra t3 because too much can be dangerous (kind of like insulin for blood sugar). It can go haywire though and take too much away from you.

I always pitch that in to these discussions because that is my particular issue. My t3 was at the low end of "normal" but my rt3 was swiping it away from me and I could barely get off the couch.
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Old 05-22-2013, 02:18 PM   #9
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Thanks!! I asked my doc (or nurse practitioner) about reverse t3 and she acted like she didn't know what it was. Does anyone know how iodine fits into the thyroid equation? I just started using iodized sea salt instead of reg sea salt because I'm not sure if I was getting enough iodine before.
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Do Low-Carb Diets Lower Thyroid Function? Let’s Ask The Experts! « Jimmy Moore's Livin' La Vida Low Carb Blog

Thyroid and Iodine - Part 1 - Thyroid Problems: Information About Thyroid Disease, Hypothyroidism, Hyperthyroidism and Thyroid Disorders on MedicineNet.com

You've probably resolved this question being that it was asked 6 months ago but seeing as there was no response...here you go.
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Thank you soooo much for jimmy moores info on thyroid. I read all and even the comments. I had never heard about low calorie being an issue. There was so much good info there. I did think maybe low carb was the problem with my thyroid. I have fasted and cut calories in the past, I will not be doing that any more. I was really upset when I thought it was low carb because I feel so good eating this way.
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Old 11-19-2013, 07:11 AM   #12
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It's great to have info from reputable sources (saves time looking it up yourself.) One more link for you to "chew on". Our ratio of omega 3/ omega 6 should be 1:1. Most Americans aren't. The link I'm sending you has links to great articles on low t3.

Thyroid Disorders

I personally keep my t3 levels up by maintaining an optimal ratio of omega3/omega6, as well as watching selenium and iodine nutritionally. As beautifully complex and elegant our bodies are ... there is never a simple answer that fits everyone's individual metabolism and our knowledge (and science) of the synergy of nutrients and its effects are only just now being quantified. The bottom of the page are where the links to the specific articles are.
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Thyroid Disorders

let's try again...hmmm
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Thank you for the links! I am not sure I have resolved the issues as I haven't had blood work since then. I have been keeping up my selenium and iodine intake and trying to eat more calories, so hopefully things have improved.
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Yes I read a comment about omega 3 to omega 6 ratios. I do take fish oil and I'm not a big fish eater. I never put that together with my thyroid. Not sure how to get 1:1 besides fish and chia seeds not sure what else has omega 3. You know I love Hellmans mayo but use it sparingly because of omega 6. I have made my own mayo many times and it never tastes the same. Thanks for the link on thyroid disorders. I haven't had chance to read it yet.
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For me I prefer grass fed beef which has close to a 1:1 ratio while supermarket beef has a much higher omega 6 content
-and I stay away from vegetable and seed oils not only because they have high omega 6 but also because they're damaged from refinement and prone to oxidation...I eat seeds and nuts but sparingly as well as pastured butter which has higher omega 3
supermarket eggs from chickens fed grain has higher omega6 than pastured eggs (which have higher omega 3 content)
I take fish oil on days I'm not eating salmon.

I quantify my thyroid function because it very well may affect the expression of ldl receptor activity and I have high ldl-p.
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