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Hello, my name is Rick. I'm a 44 yr old male. Been very fatigued, chills in my extremities, gaining weight with not eating much, and anxiety which I have anyway. Had blood work done and results came back for abnormal levels. 4.3 dr said. He wants to wait 3 more weeks for another test to rule out false result. Question is should I wait and tolerate these symptoms or seek second opinion. Had symptoms about 5 months. Any advice or suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks in adavance

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    Hi Rick

    Do you reside in the UK?

    What blood tests did the dr order?

    Have you got all the results.

    Have you had a temperature recently?

    Kind regards

    Jean

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      Hi Jean, thank you so much for the reply. I live in Southern California. I asked for a diabetes test because of my symptoms and it was negative. Then nurse called back and informed me thyroid levels were abnormal and Dr. Ordered some more tests in a few weeks. Not sure of all tests he's doing. Temp is normal but I'm cold right now and it's 80 degrees here
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      Hi Rick

      it is difficult to say at this stage what is exactly wrong. It depends on how long your signs and symptoms have been present. You may have an infection. The dr can easily check for an infection by doing inflammatory markers such as esr and crp.

      I would ask that your antibodies be checked for example for anas, another test is called the glucose tolerance test, randon blood sugar tests are not very useful. If you can buy a relatively inexensive  self testing blood sugar kit . Here in England you could purchase one for around fifteen pounds - 30 dollars.Blood sugars are usuaally done on a regular basis.

      Do you have any peripheral neuropathy or burning sensations in your legs? Another cause of your signs and ssymptoms could be due to the side effects of statins, ntibiotics, etc etc. See Floxiehope. Jean

       

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    Hi Rick, sorry to hear of the symptoms you are having. Your TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone) test results at 4.3 is just borderline so not really high enough for thyroid treatment hence your GP wants to do another blood test in 3 weeks time. Also you will find that other conditions like CFS/me also have the same symptoms. Gp's tend not to like treating hypothyroid until your tsh hits around 10.0. See what your next results are and then you can decide if you want to be referred to an endocrinologist or possibly a rheumatologist. I hope this helps
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      Hi Gizmo

      My TSH is 0.17, T4 is 16.5 TPOA less than 33. I have multinodular goitre.

      I have the signs and symptoms of hyopthyroidism plus peripheral neuropathy.

      Are you saying that because my tsh is not 10 that I will not be treated?

      Jean.

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      Thank you for your reply. Dr. Said if it's abnormal at next test he'll treat me for Hypothyroidism. It's just these symptoms. I'm so sluggish after a full nights sleep and cold. It's 80 degrees and I'm cold. Lol. Is CFS chronic fatigue syndrome? I've thought of that too. So nice to have people to talk to. When I'm not feeling well my support system goes away for some reason
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      Hi Jean, no of course not - your tsh indicates hyperthyroid but you say your symptoms are hypo. I'm sorry to hear you have a multinodular goitre - I wish you well and hope you are on the road to recovery very soon. When I commented on Rick's tsh it was based on his results of 4.3, I had no idea what your result was but as Barbara says, your figure is close to being hyper.
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      Hi Gizmo

      Just going through my old e mails etc.

      Hope you don't mind my sending you this . I have been diagnosed with sub clinical hypertyhroidism and wondered what the treatment for this is in your neck of the woods?

      jean

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    Hi Rick

    Sorry to hear that you are experiencing these horrible signs and symptoms.

    Is your dr willing to be persuaded to repeat your tests?

    If not what will you do?

    Have you got a multinodular goitre?

    Jean

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      Yeah. Repeating test in 3 weeks. So I guess I'll solider on for the mean time. He will treat me for hypothyroidism if it comes back abnormal again. Thank you for replying. Nice to have people to talk about this . The multinodular goiter no.
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      Hi Rick

      Have you had a scan to exclude a multinodular goitre?

      I think you need to get copies of your blood reports.

      Hope you do not mind my asking.

      jean

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      I'm gonna make an appt to try to narrow down what's wrong. I kinda just got going with this. I thought my symptoms were just a virus and ignored them which I always do but when they said my levels were abnormal I kinda panicked which I also do.
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