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Forum Name: Endocrinology Topics
Question: Do said Thyroid lab is normal but...
|Yappy00 - Sat Sep 22, 2007 9:10 pm||
I am 35 years old and just had my 2nd child 3 months ago. Now I am rapidly gaining weight and my hair is falling out like crazy. I lost 45 pounds being pregnant and I can only lose a significant amount of weight when I am pregnant. My TSH was 5.178uIU/ml, T4 was 9.5ug/dl, T3 26%, and Free Thyroxine Index was 2.5. My cholesterol was high so my doctor said I just needed to go on a diet and prescribed Adipex, but I have been watching what I eat so I would not gain the weight back. Are my results within normal range?
|Dr. Chan Lowe - Sat Sep 22, 2007 10:16 pm||
Unfortunately I cannot answer this for sure because normal lab values vary from lab to lab. With my lab reference ranges, a TSH of >4 is considered high and consistent with hypothyroidism.
If your labs are normal I would also recommend testing a free T3 level. In rare cases the T4 may be normal but the biologically active T3 is not.
You may benefit from seeing an endocrinologist to help sort this out.
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