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dobie 05-07-2013 04:32 PM

Do I need more tests?
Okay, so I was freaking out last week when I found out that a heart rate of 44 was too low. I'm 56, female, just lost 100 lbs, but still near 200. I lost a lot of hair the end of last year, depressed this year (definitely have reasons to be depressed though), cold at work, foggy, and then there's the low heart rate.

I wore a heart monitor last Thurs-Fri, and it confirmed the rate, and minor discrepancies, and my blood-work (cardiologist) reflected a TSH of 1.18. While that's in range (although on the low end), I'm wondering if should get the other battery of tests. What all should I ask to have ordered? I see my GYN tomorrow, and I know he'll order whatever I as for.

Need your help, because if not hypothyroid, I'll be getting a pacemaker....I'm not ready for that...

watcher513 05-08-2013 03:48 AM

Definitely get Free T4 and Free T3 at a minimum, then TPO Antibodies. If you haven't had your Vit. D checked that's a good idea too. I know that others will chime in.

inatic 05-08-2013 05:52 AM

TSH isnt how to check thyroid function.

TSH - Why It's Useless | Stop The Thyroid Madness

How Accurate is TSH Testing? | National Academy of Hypothyroidism

dobie 05-10-2013 02:49 PM

While my primary said the TSH test was sufficient, she ordered everything I requested. So far they're all normal, but I'll keep hoping. Nuclear stress test is Wednesday, and I'm sure we'll start talking pacemaker. I hate it.

Thank you for your help and suggestions.


watcher513 05-10-2013 05:10 PM

"They're all normal". As they say, that's a setting on a dryer. What were the results of the FT4 and FT3 with ranges? Figure out where mid-range is and see where you are from there. Also, many labs have different ranges so one size doesn't fit all.

dobie 05-11-2013 02:51 PM

I'll be able to access my results on Monday, and will post then. Thanks Terry.

UnstrungHarp 05-24-2013 06:41 AM

Update: "officially" hypothyroid now
Sorry - I meant to start a new thread rather than post a reply.... :(

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