Thyroid Function Tests

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by smandy, Oct 21, 2002.

  1. smandy

    smandy New Member

    My doc did a T4 Thyroid test (without telling me to fast) and the results came back as 11.6, which is indicated as on the "high" side. The normal range is 4.5 - 10.9. Can anyone tell me what this means?
  2. smandy

    smandy New Member

    My doc did a T4 Thyroid test (without telling me to fast) and the results came back as 11.6, which is indicated as on the "high" side. The normal range is 4.5 - 10.9. Can anyone tell me what this means?
  3. kakan

    kakan New Member

    was this a Total T4 or Free T4 result?..........there is a difference........normal range for a Total T4 is approximately 4.5-12.5......Free T4 normal range is 0.7-2.0...................I have hypothyroidism which is contributing to my Fibro and my docs are treating me with T3/T4 but so far my thyroid is not responding to treatment........your doctor should have explained this to you........you don't need to be an expert in thyroid phsiology and testing in order to ba an advocate for your own health and wellness but he should help you since you are paying for his service and his explanation.....hope this helps
  4. smandy

    smandy New Member

    Thanks for your reply. I honestly don't know, but I have printed your questions and will find out. Under active thyroid seems to run in our family and I've been suspicious for some time that mine is (because of exhaustion)but don't think I've ever been given the proper testing.
  5. kakan

    kakan New Member

    hope you get the answers you are looking for and i will try and check the message boards again to see if you did......God Bless
  6. Jillian40

    Jillian40 New Member

    Hi Ya,

    I'm learning right along with you. I know I've suspected hypo-thyroid for myself too. My symptoms are hair loss (more than is usual), easily chilled, weight gain or find it difficult to lose, tiredness. I think that is it.

    I have been tested, by a family physician, and he said I was perfectly normal. I realized, after the fact, and told him, that I'd been taking kelp supplements, for about 2 weeks. He didn't seem to think it would make a difference, but still told me to quit taking the kelp. It apparently has natural iodine in it. Hypo thyroidism is about having lower than normal iodine levels.

    I know what I need to do, to go to a endocrinologist (specialist). They are the pros at glands and hormones.

    The other natural thing to do, is switch to iodized salt.

    Take Good Care, ........... Jill

    P.S. My company just announced today they're closing their doors. I'm on a weeks vacation, but will likely be layed off when I return. Uggghhh. Perhaps I will be lucky to get in with a doctor before this happens.