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Thanks again, my doctor ordered the full thyroid panel since it was covered by insurance, and said if results were not informative, we could go to the next step. Just did it this morning, first thing, fasting and no meds like everyone suggested. Thanks!
Glad out team has been of help!
If you're tired you may also want to test for anemia, B12/folate.
Especially if your flow is heavy.
Definitely make sure you get the FREE T test.
Not the thyroid panel that measures T3 uptake, total T4 and Thyroxine.
It cost more but it worth it.
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The Doctor should also test Free T3 and Free T4 and RT3. You should not take your thyroid meds the morning of you lab until after the lab that way the meds do not falsify the lab. You should have on the information that came with the meds to wait 30 minute before eating and you will want to space your calcium supplements also. I read the medical information that comes with the meds every time if you have any questions also ask your Pharmacist. As others have posted You will want your Doctor to send you your Lab sheets and you need to make a file of them so you can track where your normal is. Some of the other group feeds have some other links you will find helpful.
Edited by: KSTONYA at: 6/4/2013 (12:00)
I just wanted to say thanks to this team. I have learned so much just being on this team a week. I now wait an hour to take my synthroid. More important, I never knew about the importance of T3. My doctor has only tested TSH, and I don't even have a thyroid, it was removed two years ago due to huge goiters and scar tissue from Hashimotos wrapping around my vocal chords and throat, I was actually gagging. I have learned from your site that without it, there is no way I have enough T3 without a change of meds, and made an appointment today. No wonder I have gained 45 pounds since my thyroid was removed...my TSH was the only thing measured and it was 3.8 last time....almost out of the normal range. Thanks again and hoping for better testing. So...I am asking for TSH, T4, and T3...anything else I should ask to be tested before I go? They already test my vitamin D because I have been deficient before.
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