HELP-anyone-Question about thyroid!

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   Posted 7/16/2005 1:11 PM (GMT -6)   
--Help--anyone--Scaredy Cat, Jen, ---I'm confused!!!    As you know--me & wife just returned from midwest -to home in East Coast.     For background info---i suffer from---Mitral Valve prolapse-SVT-irritable bowel syndrome- anxiety----& chronic fatigue.   
  Anyway---my cardio wanted me to see an endocrinolgist--'cause in May---he took a blood test for TSH (Thyroid)---he was looking for "hyperactive" TSH came back slightly above normal (5.4)--indicating a possoble "Underactive" thyroid (Hypothyroid)---
  So---while in midwest--set up an endo appt. (Here in Philly --i had to wait till September!!!   Can you believe that???)
  Very good Dr.   --Did thorough exam--felt thyroid---asked questions----I received TWO ultrasounds---one in his office & a more specific one in another room---AND---blood test (For TSH..& free T-4s)----Bottom line is EVERYTHING came back normal----!!!!!   In fact my TSH was 2.7 (HALF of what it was in Dr. office in Philly 2 months eralier.)---My blood test for free T-4 normal....ultrasound normal---& blood test for Hashimotos disease--negative--normal.   ------Dr. Nurse---a WONDERFUL midwestern lady called me at my hotel--giving me "good news"---
   Now--back in Philly---today--get copy of med report sent to my cardiologist & family Dr.  ----Says everything i mentioned----no underactive thyroid...---Probably..."Euthyroid Sick Syndrome"!!!!         I checked it out on internet---seems to mean--thyroid normal--but...abnormal reading could be due to body's reaction to another illnesss or stress (hello?)---
  My wife said--the endocrinologist did not seemed concerned--nor did his nurse when she gave me results (just follow up TSH in one year)_---Has ANYONE here heard of "Euthyroid Sick Syndrome"...or have it???????   confused      I'm driving myself batty ---again---looking on internet---wife said probably just stress----hope i do not have an "underlying" disease.  Please---someone----get back---I'm calling the nice endo nurse Monday meantime----What the heck is this???   Thanks--Robert eyes

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   Posted 8/13/2005 5:16 PM (GMT -6)   

I read your post. You have an unusual way of posting. :) You sound excited :)

I have never posted here, I don't even know if you will get this message.

But, your orginal TSH was HYpo. Our TSH's can change day to day. And I would advise you NOT to totally trust any specialist. They are not "gods" and if you are having symptoms...blood tests are not always right.

You need to know that Thyroid disease is tricky and no two people are the same. I have a house full of low thyroid people. There was not a single one of us with a TSH over 3.

I have a 21 year old daughter with Hashi's but never tested positive for antibodies. (30% of people with Hashi's won't)

The TSH is a cruel way to check for thyroid issues. I would hope your doctor also ran a Free T4 and a Free T3. If not they are not seeing a true picture of thyroid hormone in your blood. The TSH is a measure of the pituitary ...There are plenty of people who are extremely hypo with rather a rather low TSH.

You need to study thyroid issues. There is a book by Dr. SHames that is helpful. There are several out there, but his is easy to read.

If you have any questions feel free to write..

good luck.

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   Posted 8/13/2005 5:59 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks, Carol----everything w my thyroid is fine.     Endocrinologist DID do T-3 and T-4--as well as antibodies for Hashi's--negative.     Thanks for your kind concern.    My post was awhile ago.    Regards----Robert yeah

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   Posted 8/23/2005 8:39 PM (GMT -6)   
I found a fairly informative site using Google.
If you would be interested e-mail me.
I understand this is a old post so you might have seen it already.
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