Originally Posted by strange_wings
That's sort of my point - Canada or some labs may be behind. It doesn't mean that just because the lab is using the old standard and you fall in the "normal" range that it's fine.
Looking it up sort of suggests the old range may be used in some labs up there. Maybe even the .5- 5.0 range? You'll have to get an actual copy of your labs to know. Also, maybe talk to SwampWitch since she would have more experience with thyroid labs.
Aw... I happy to share what I know, from almost 20 years of struggling with doctors and the disease!
strange_wings is absolutely right, Linda. The labs in the U.S. and in Canada do the same testing, but many labs in both countries have not caught up with the newest TSH range guidelines, so as a result many doctors are not properly diagnosing hypothyroid patients.
Besides, there is a lot
of doubt about whether TSH is helpful to diagnose thyroid disease at all; TSH is a pituitary hormone.
This is the absolute best resource I have found on the subject. I am not affiliated with this site, but everything
rings true based on my experience:http://www.stopthethyroidmadness.com...y-its-useless/
A hypothyroidism diagnosis should be supported with T3 and T4 tests, in addition to tests for thyroid antibodies - which could signal Hashimoto's Thyroiditis. If you have Hashimoto's and hypothyroidism (people can have one or the other, but most people have both), your TSH should
be 0.1. or lower
, much lower! A good thyroid doctor will always ask about symptoms and how you feel first, the lab tests are secondary.
My last lab tests showed my TSH at 0.01, yet my T4 was low, so the lab results labeled me hyperthyroid
(TSH levels) and hypothyroid
(T4 levels) at the same time!
I'm definitely hypothyroid, I have absolutely no hyperthyroid symptoms at all.
Originally Posted by emrldsky
Also, if your doctor does want to prescribe you medication for it, ask him or her about Armour Thyroid. I gotta say, it's been wonderful to me.
This advice is golden
. Desiccated thyroid (called Armour in the U.S. and just thyroid in Canada) contains all the different thyroid hormones know to us, and
those that haven't been discovered yet. Synthetics contain only T4 or T3, and work on the assumption that your body will produce whatever else is needed, but not all our bodies work that efficiently.
If you are hypothyroid, you will start feeling better within two weeks of supplemental thyroid, but it will take about six months to really start getting back to normal. If you get on the hormone, you have to start with a really tiny dose and it needs to be increased very gradually.
Keep us posted on how it goes!