understanding my THS result

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Hi, I have just had my results back from a TH'S test to check my thyroid, it's showing as 0.74 which my gp says is normal. However I am having the following symptoms which I am trying to get to the bottom of:

Night sweats several times a week since September.

Aches and pains in neck and collar bone.

Tired no matter how much I sleep.

Constant numbness in my right foot.

Intermittent shakes in my hands.

Anxiety and rapid heart rate.

And I have lost 3 stone in the last 18th without trying all that hard.

I am torn between feeling a bit like I am being a hypochondriac and bit bit like my gp is not taking me seriously.

Any thoughts based on my THS and symptoms? Getting fed up of feeling only about 60% well at best.

Thanks in advance.

lucy

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    There seems to be a huge range, which docs say all is OK.  This has been a problem when thyroid may be hypo or hyper and medications is dispensed.  I bleieve the amount and what medication is the most fundamental help or hinderance.  Docs do not seem to know as much about meds as they prepose.  I think most of the effort is on behalf of the client who knows their body best. A possible change in medication may be the answer.  Gloria
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      Thanks for coming back to me, I am not on any medication at the moment. So that was my THS without taking any medication into account.

      Thanks

      lucy

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      Lucy,

      Not feeling well today.  Thus----many mistakes with above spelling.  I am so sorry for that---

      I hope you feel better---Gloria

       

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      Thank you, I am sorry to hear you're not feeling good today. I hope you feel better soon. And thanks you for your advice earlier.

      Lucy

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    Sorry, forgot to mention, daily pulsing/rushing noise in my left ear. All very random as separate symptoms which is why I was hoping my test result would link it all back to one thing.

    Thanks

    lucy

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    Hello Lucy.

    The best thing to go by would be the T4 result! However if it's any conciliation my wife had her blood results today and she is being medicated (which sounds awful when I put it like that) and her TSH was suppressed apparently and was a lot higher than the result you gave.... I would demand a print out of your blood results look at the reference ranges and like Gloria stated (which is very true by the way) people know their bodies better than a doctor, most, not all, but most thyroid patients tend to know more about the condition than most doctors anyway, not because doctors don't care but because primarily doctors are only given half a days training on the matter, but that's a failure on the health service and the demand in this country, it's just the patients that seem to suffer as a result of it.

    Rambling now, so in a nut shell I would get a print out, if you are unsure I am certain that the people on here would be more than happy to advice or point you in the right direction with regards to the reference ranges! There are lots of different or diverse groups and forums out there that specialise in thyroid related problems, all of which are very useful which could also offer some help or guidance too smile

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      Thanks for coming back to me, I will call and ask for a print out and i'll also ask for a T4 test. I am surprised that my result is lower than your wife's and it's considered normal while her's is supressed (although I am not sure I know what that means?). I hope she starts to feel better soon.

      Lucy

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      Thank you. It comes with good days and bad days unfortunately! With a variety of other symptoms too, muscle aches and joint pains , feet problem and night sweats to name a few! However if the doctors have carried out a tft or thyroid function test then the T4 result should be on that print out! But in all seriousness do not be alarmed, like I said there are lots of support networks out there and lots of sound advice too. Good luck with the print out smile
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      Sounds like she has a lot of the symptoms I am having, I feel for her! I know I definitely had a TKT, remember seeing it on the paperwork amongst everything else they were checking. Good to know the T4 is included, I thought it was a separate, additional test. Will definitely ask for that print out.

      Thanks

      Lucy

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      That's okay I have that issue too with the phone and predictive text..... Unfortunately I don't think there is a cure for phone smile
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    It sounds more like sjorgrens syndrome than an under active thyroid which can both be autoimmune diseases. Apart from dry eyes and mouth those with Sjorgrens have tiredness and complete fatigue, muscle pain, joint pain and stiffness and swelling, vasculitis ( inflammation of blood vessels), difficulty concentrating, remembering and reasoning. If you suspect this ask for an antibody screen blood test as there are many autoimmune diseases, which are now being linked with inflammation from fat around the waist and processed food.
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    Hi Lucy,  Your TSH may fall within (what is called the normal range) but it is quite on the low side and your symptoms seem more in line with a Hyperthyroid condition (overactive).

    I would just like to say that any significant involuntary weight loss such as yours should be reason for further investigation as there could be a serious reason for this.  I would recommend that you get a second opinion and if still unwell and disatisified with the second opinion - get another.  Unfortunately, It sometimes takes several tries before finding a doctor who is willing to investigate fully.  Always get copies of your blood tests as it is important for 'you' to monitor your health.  Always get T4 tested as well as tsh and research thyroid conditions.

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    Thanks for all the replies. I just rang my GP for my T4 results and it doesn't look like those were tested, just TSH.

    I did also ask for my results from an earlier test in November and that was 0.61 (TSH) so pretty consistent with my more recent 0.74 result.

    I guess the next step is to go back and ask them to test T4?

    Thanks

    Lucy

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